KEITH & NEALY FRENTZ
ST. TAMMANY, LOUISIANA
It isn’t easy being King and Queen (of Louisiana Seafood) but Keith and Nealy Frentz wore the crown well when they won the title after finishing first in the 2012 Louisiana Seafood Cook off. The Frentzes operate LOLA, a small and popular restaurant in Covington, LA, less than an hour from New Orleans.
You might have seen Nealy when she appeared in 2013 on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” coming in as runner up in the competition. Both she and Keith were on camera for an episode of the Food Channel’s “Eat St.” in February 2015.
The spirited pair met when both were sous chefs at New Orleans’ renowned Brennan’s Restaurant, located in the French Quarter. When hurricane Katrina forced extended closure of Brennan’s, the couple moved across the lake to Keith Frentz’s hometown of Covington and opened their own restaurant. Today the restaurant is known as one of the best in Covington, recognized for its vibrant culinary scene.
Both graduates of Johnson & Wales, the Frentzes brings classic technique to Louisiana ingredients and are known especially for a deft hand with seafood and developing flavor. LOLA is located in downtown Covington in the small city’s historic train depot; the Frentzes actually cook in an old train caboose adjacent to the recently renovated train car dining room. The restaurant has a split personality, serving from-scratch Southern/Louisiana-inspired but elevated comfort food to lunch diners and presenting a more upscale take on Gulf cuisine Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Most of LOLA’s menu either time of day is locally sourced, with seafood fresh from area waters and produce from the farmers’ market a block away.
Named a Chef to Watch by Louisiana Cookin’ magazine, among Louisiana’s Best Small Town Chefs by Country Roads magazine, and showcased in Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine, among other various media, the Frentzes are talented chefs with a strong competitive streak.
Almost Atlanta Native chef Elodie got her start in the culinary industry twelve years ago in French restaurants - Atmosphere Bistro and then Babette's cafe, before moving on to work in southern Farm-to-table restaurants Miller + Union, Ink & Elm, and Kimball House. She spent a year at a local bakery learning more about bread, became the Executive Pastry Chef for Golden Eagle + Muchacho, and is now the Executive chef of Full Commission. In her spare time she enjoys writing, true crime, and her axolotls.
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519 Memorial Dr SE C-01
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