With Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Spicy Candied Walnuts and Crisp Plantains
Pan Fried Veal Sweet Breads with Potato Puree "Clone", Cheese Biscuit and Truffle Gravy
Poulet Rouge Chicken Breast and Thigh, Crisp Chicken Skin, Cream Corn, Butter Whipped Potatoes and Truffle Gravy
Stella! is also available for private events.
Our dining rooms are available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, and cocktail functions.
Our two private rooms can accommodate up to 75 people for a sit-down dinner.
Full restaurant buy out also available.
Menus and quotes available upon request.
Private Events Director/Stella!
Chartres Room Seating
Capacity - 25 Persons
Honfleur Room Seating
Capacity - 50 Persons
Scott Boswell’s star is rising with an élan elegance that is all his own. The Louisiana native and chef/owner of New Orleans’ hottest restaurant, Stella!, has a vision of bringing his globally inspired flavors to markets where they are fully appreciated.
“My international experience has allowed me to create a style that captures the elegance of French, the simplicity of Italian, combined with Asian flavors and bold Creole accents,” as Boswell explains his unique approach. “My travels and explorations have added important layers to my culinary repertoire.”
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Boswell initiated his career with Chef Kevin Graham at the Windsor Court in New Orleans before embarking on a best-of-Europe search, where he credits Chef Pascal Morel in Salon de Provence, France, with his foundational techniques. His work in the kitchen of Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, Italy, solidified his reverent, sophisticated cuisine. Florence is where he started work with Masahiko Kobe, now known as “Iron Chef Italian.”
He returned to the U.S. with the opportunity to create world-class cuisine at a Montana resort. This Big Sky experience added a new element to his culinary palate, and he felt it was time to take flight on his own by returning to New Orleans and opening Stella! in 2001.
Boswell’s relationship with Masahiko Kobe brought him to Tokyo in 2003, working at Kobe’s Restaurant Massa. Tokyo became a pivotal experience, bringing out a passion for honest and distinct flavors that sparkled with fresh clarity. Tokyo continues to lure Boswell as another source of inspiration.
A turn in the kitchen of La Rochelle allowed Boswell to work with “Iron Chef French,” Hiroyuki Sakai in 2004, as well as other fine international top chefs, including “Iron Chef Chinese,” Chin Kenichi.
Additionally, his pursuit of culinary excellence has led him to learn alongside many acclaimed chefs within the U.S. Chef Jean-Georges in the Trump International Tower hosted Boswell as a guest in his kitchen in 2006. “Iron Chef Japanese” and current “Iron Chef America,” Masaharu Mirimoto, and Chef Eric Ziebold graciously did the same in 2007.
During 2008 and 2009, Boswell had the distinguished pleasure of working in Chicago with Chef Grant Achatz of Alinea, Chef Charlie Trotter and with Chef Jonathan Benno at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned restaurant, “Per Se,” in Time Warner NYC. He also spent time at Restaurant Daniel with Daniel Boulud, and at Tailor with Sam Mason.
In the New Year he’s jumped from the South at McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina, with Chef Sean Brock to the Northern laboratory of Chicago’s Moto with Chef Homaro Cantu.
Seeing his career in stages, Boswell considers all of these educational experiences evolutionary to his cuisine. It is the combined sage of his many mentors that inspires him like the brilliance of guiding stars.
He believes in what he calls his culinary destiny. He endeavors to reach beyond the senses to create a culinary performance in everything he does. Chef Boswell is all about “foods that shout with uniquely global voices.”
Tanya Babiak Boswell was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and grew up in Orlando, Florida. While visiting New Orleans on business, her path led her to Stella! restaurant for respite from an exhausting day. As she sat alone, Boswell walked into the dining room and noticed the beautiful woman who would become his wife five years later. He instructed the bartender not to let her get away and proceeded to send her food hoping to get her attention. The plan worked. This introduction led to an intensive three month, long distance courtship which ultimately brought Tanya to New Orleans, giving up her mortgage banking career to enter the restaurant business. After five years of engagement and surviving the challenges of Hurricane Katrina, Tanya married Scott on October 19, 2007 and joined him in not only matrimony, but also in a flourishing restaurant partnership.
Tanya and Scott, along with an impressive team of employees, have set the new standards of culinary expertise in what has been deemed the “new” New Orleans. Her finesse and attention to detail has become a priceless asset to the successful operation of Stella! Mr. and Mrs. Boswell opened their second restaurant Stanley in historical Jackson Square in December 2008.
Sommelier & Wine Director
John Mitchell’s love of wine began in the summer of 2001 at McCrady’s Tavern and Long Room in Charleston, South Carolina. It was here that Mitchell was shown the rudimentary skills of handling wines while focusing on his knowledge of French grapes. With the decision to move back to his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, which had exploded with a resurgence of restaurants, Mitchell would find Restaurant O. While at Restaurant O, John became involved with the wine program while honing skills in wine and management.
Further pursuing his thirst for knowledge in a larger market, Mitchell would then venture to Atlanta, Georgia to become an Assistant Sommelier at top-rated Seeger’s Restaurant. Here, he would learn more about progressive American cuisine and how to pair wine with Gunter Seeger’s delicate but powerful dishes. Before leaving Atlanta, Mitchell also worked as Assistant Sommelier at Joel Restaurant where he was able to revisit his love for French cuisine and wine.
With an opportunity to run his own wine program, Mitchell would then go back to Restaurant O in South Carolina, then later move back to Charleston. Looking for new challenges, John began to work for the Orient Express Company, which then relocated him to Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. Using his tools of management and wine directing, he helped to propel the Grill Room back to its renowned status with a revamped wine program.
Forever on the hunt for perfection and knowledge, Mitchell was offered a position as Wine Director with Chef Boswell at Stella! It was an obvious choice to join Boswell’s team where he could share his knowledge and create a unique wine list.
Chef de Cuisine
Jason Byl was born in South Carolina to native New Orleanian parents who had moved there just before his birth. After high school, Jason pursued his love of cooking by moving to Portland, Oregon to attend Western Culinary Institute, an affiliate of the highly esteemed Le Cordon Bleu. While there, he started at Carafe, a local restaurant, and under the tutelage of his mentor, owner Pascal Sauton , he advanced to the position of Sous Chef. It was his time under Sauton that taught him the fundamentals of French
seasonal cuisine. After four and a half years, and a internship in San Francisco, Jason left Carafe to expand his knowledge of other cooking styles.
At Castagna, another well-respected restaurant in the North West, he worked under Justin Woodward and Matt Lightner , whose restaurant Atera has earned two Michelin stars. Jason spent two years at Castagna, once again earning the title of Sous Chef. It was here that he learned a more progressive, ingredient focused style of cooking. After living across the country for the better part of a decade, Jason decided it was time to move back to New Orleans to be near his family and to the place that he truly considered home.
Weighing his options as to what restaurant would be the best fit – he chose Stella! feeling that it was the most innovative and unique restaurant in the city. He began at Stella! in April 2012, as saucier, although his talents were almost immediately recognized, and he was moved to the position of Sous Chef two weeks later. He took over as Chef de Cuisine at the end of August 2012, where his influence on the menu can be seen in the progressive, ingredient-focused cuisine style that he learned and perfected from his time on the West Coast.
Manager & Private Event Coordinator
Born and raised in France to an American mother and a French father, Eugénie Mercier first discovered her passion for fine dining at the age of 17, waiting tables in a small crêperie in Chantilly, a town in the north of Paris.
After high school Eugénie decided to pursue her passion and attend culinary school in the North of France. It was there she learned to cook traditional French cuisine and was trained in fine dining service.
Eugénie combined this love of food and knowledge with her love of global travel and began her professional career by traveling to Bangkok, Thailand to work as a chef. From there, she moved to the Caribbean to work as a concierge in several luxury villas in St. Martin. Continuing her global travels and further enhancing her international experience, she went on to Brisbane, Australia and worked as an assistant manager in a french fine dining restaurant “C’est Bon” . After experiencing different cultures, Eugénie decided to return to France, taking a management position at the Château Hôtel Mont Royal. This allowed Eugénie to go back to her roots and the French “savoir faire.”
In September 2011, Eugénie was given the great opportunity to move to New Orleans to take a management position at Stella restaurant, working alongside the famous Louisiana chef , Scott Boswell. The combination of her love of the city along with the adventures and challenges of the position, have grounded Eugénie’s wandering feet. New Orleans is home!
Stella is one of a kind and Eugénie is proud to be part of such a vibrant, unique, and welcoming environment.
Manager & Sommelier
Alexandra Minton was born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and, at the age of three, found her new playpen to be that of a restaurant dining room when her parents opened a small po-boy shop in Ocean Springs. Literally growing up among the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant created in Alexandra a great love and appreciation for the industry that would remain with her throughout her life.
While pursuing a music degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, Alexandra played percussion professionally with numerous orchestras across the Southeast, but, in the hopes of maintaining a more consistent income, she began working at Robert St. John’s Purple Parrot Café in Hattiesburg. Taking her back to her roots, restaurant work was a natural fit. Finding herself spending more time reading about Chablis than Chopin and realizing her passion for food and wine, Alexandra began to focus more seriously on a career in the hospitality industry. Working at the Purple Parrot gave Alexandra the opportunity to work with an award-winning wine list and hone her skills on the dining room floor in an environment where hospitality was the driving force of service.
Eventually, Alexandra finished her music studies and, five years, one music degree, and hours of secret Court of Master Sommeliers studying later, Alexandra accepted a position as Manager and Sommelier at the Purple Parrot Café. There, she focused on creating incredible guest experiences, recognizing that the measure of a good restaurant lies far beyond delicious food and wine. The Purple Parrot’s attention to service only deepened her devotion to and love for the industry, and there she worked for over four years.
Alexandra returns to the South to join the management team at Stella! after a brief stint as sommelier at The Lion Restaurant in New York. She is excited to be in an environment that inspires, pushes boundaries, and promises to provide a backdrop for the continual pursuit of excellence in hospitality.
New Orleans City Business – July 2008
“Stella’s Unpredictability Forges New Direction for N.O. Cuisine” – Tom Fitzmoris
Times Picayune – October 2007
Brett Anderson’s Top Ten in New Orleans
Sante – October 2007
Stanley Saves Stella
Wine Spectator – May 2007
New Orleans’ Rebirth
Greater New Orleans Living – September 2006
The Fella behind Stella
Restaurants and Institutions – August 2006
New Orleans, Still Cooking
Nations Restaurant News – May 2006
New Orleans Magazine – January 2006
Best in Dining; Chef of the Year
AOL City Guide City’s Best – 2005
Best all around restaurant
Louisiana Cookin’ – December 2005
Fired Up: A Chef’s Life after Katrina
New Orleans City Life Magazine – August 2005
Culinary Concierge – Spring 2005
Toast of the Town
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
The Wall Street Journal – December 2004
Reality Bites: Would-be Chefs Vie for Stardom
Culinary Concierge – Fall 2004
A Running of the Bowls: turtle soup competition; 1st place
New Orleans City Business – November 2004
Chef Owners Have Full Plate in Dining Arena
The Sophisticated Traveler – May 2004
Celebration New Orleans
Starchefs.com – October 2003
New Orleans Rising Star
Culinary Concierge – Fall 2003
Rise and Shine
Travel and Leisure – November 2002
New and Noteworthy
Southern Living – June 2002
Food and Wine – February 2002
Where to Go Next in New Orleans
Great Chefs Magazine – Vol. 1 issue 2
Where New Orleans – December 2001
The Year in Dining
Bon Appetit – November 2001
Around the Country and Around the World – Where to Go Now
OA Top 25 South & Southeast Restaurant 2013
Some dishes from Stella! featured on StarChefs.com photo gallery. Photos by Will Blunt. http://starchefs.com/cook/photos/chef-scott-boswell-pastry-chef-rebecca-cohen-and-sommelier-john-mitchell-stella-new-orleans