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1. Deanie’s Seafood Proprietors Celebrate 30 Years as Owner/Operators of ‘New Orleans Best Seafood Restaurant’

Chifici Family has built locally owned, family-operated business into a nationally recognized brand and tourist destination with two thriving restaurants, seafood market and online market shipping fresh Louisiana seafood throughout the U.S.

The Chifici Family celebrated its 30-year anniversary as owner/operators of Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants in New Orleans. Deanie’s Seafood Proprietor Barbara A. Chifici has built a locally owned, family-operated business employing more than 300 New Orleanians and serving nearly 1 million visitors and locals annually. In business more than 50 years, today Deanie’s operates a seafood market, an online Louisiana Seafood Marketplace for Shrimp, Crabs, Oysters ( and more, and two successful restaurants in the New Orleans area–Deanie’s original location in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown and Deanie’s Seafood in the historic French Quarter.

Voted “Best Seafood Restaurant in New Orleans” by readers of the Times Picayune and Gambit Weekly, Deanie’s has been featured on various Travel Channel and Food Network programs and showcased in Gourmet magazine and in cookbooks such as Chef John Folse’s “Hooks, Lies and Alibis.”

2. Deanie’s Showcases Crawfish during fourth-annual ‘Pinch-A-Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest & Festival’

April 21 event features Hot 8 Brass Band, The Benjy Davis Project, headliner Theresa Andersson and more

A free festival at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown welcomes visitors to pinch da tails and suck da heads during Pinch-A-Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest 2013. One of the largest distributors of Crawfish in Louisiana through its two restaurants, market and online retail store,, Deanie’s is hosting its fourth-annual Pinch-A-Palooza on April 21. The day-long festival features all the best Crawfish dishes from this New Orleans original, and Deanie’s restaurants will offer a special seasonal menu throughout Crawfish season.

Pinch-A-Palooza will include a Crawfish Eating Contest plus live performances by the all-male dance troupe the 610 Stompers, Basin Street Records Indie artist Theresa Andersson, Hot 8 Brass Band and more. A portion of the proceeds from Pinch-A-Palooza will benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (  to support its New Canal Lighthouse Museum, and education, advocacy and restoration efforts of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin habitat.

3. Barbara Chifici to be Recognized Among ‘Best Chefs of Louisiana’ by American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter

Deanie’s Seafood Proprietor Barbara Chifici has been nominated for recognition by the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter as one of the ACF’s “Best Chefs of Louisiana.” Mrs. Chifici, owner/operator of Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants for over 30 years, will be installed to the ACF Best Chefs during the premier food event of 2013, the “Louisiana Culinary Experience” April 8 in New Orleans.

In a town famous for great seafood, Deanie’s Seafood is in a class by itself. Deanie’s is a “scratch house,” meaning everything is made in-house with the best ingredients available.  Deanie’s has built its name and reputation on fresh Louisiana seafood prepared with Deanie’s signature seasonings. In business for more than 50 years, today Deanie’s operates a thriving seafood market, an online Louisiana Seafood Marketplace for Shrimp, Crabs, Oysters and more, a catering business, as well as two successful restaurants in the New Orleans area.

4. Glass Art Installation at Deanie’s in the French Quarter Celebrates Louisiana Seafood

Lifelike sculpture dedicated to America’s WETLAND Foundation is centerpiece of restaurant

In 2011, Deanie’s Seafood celebrated the unveiling and dedication of a permanent art installation highlighting the bounty of Louisiana’s waters. The largest collective piece by New Orleans artist James Vella, the lifelike glass sculpture features a variety of fish native to Louisiana and is a centerpiece of Deanie’s Seafood restaurant in the French Quarter, 841 Iberville St. 

The 5-foot by 4-foot installation, which was dedicated to the America’s WETLAND Foundation, serves as a warm reminder of Deanie’s love for Louisiana’s unique culture and environment and is a tribute to the local fishing community.  It features a cross-section of the lake, from marshy shallows to deeper lake bottom, with two herons standing in marsh grass, a large catfish nestled close to the bank, a school of redfish in the shallows looking for blue crabs, plus speckled trout feeding on shrimp, sheephead, flounder and baitfish near the sandy bottom. Vella is the artist and creator behind Vella Vetro Art Glass & Custom Design, which specializes in fine art glass creations, custom designs and large-scale installations.


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