The Southern Riviera
Our inspiration is European, but our influence is distinctly American. Expect memorable service, exceptional ingredients, and the artful preparations that have made the European Riviera justifiably famous. We just add a little bit of Louisiana flavor – which is exactly what they’re missing, if we may be so bold…
Meet The Team
Born in Virginia and raised in Tennessee, Chef Samuel Peery found his passion for food at a young age. Watching his grandmother’s hard work in the kitchen, turning family recipes into delicious meals, stuck with him; at college, he began working in local kitchens. He loved the rush that came during the hectic parts of a busy service, as well as the beauty and balance of a well-composed dish. From there, his path was set.
Before joining the Fontenot team in 2022, Chef Peery worked at R’evolution under Cajun-Creole legend Chef John Folse. He is a Level 1 Sommelier who has spent extensive time cooking in Italy, and his experiences in Tennessee, Denver, Piedmont, and Salento have transformed his career and made him an able translator of culinary styles and techniques perfect for King.
When he is not cooking, Chef Peery is often found outdoors, hiking, biking, or snowboarding.
Food + Beverage Director
Jessica Retif is a New Orleans native with more than 15 years of experience in hospitality. Most recently, she was a beverage consultant with Pomegranate Hospitality for the Four Seasons New Orleans. In 2018, she opened and operated as General Manager at Saba restaurant in New Orleans, and Safta in Denver. Previously, she worked closely with award-winning Chef Alon Shaya, developing the cocktail program for Shaya at the time of their James Beard Award nomination and win. Throughout her career, Retif has influenced beverage programs for iconic New Orleans restaurateurs including Isaac Toups, Emeril Lagasse, and Donald Link.
Retif earned her degree in Film + Theatre Production at the University of New Orleans, and studied Japanese Film at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring outdoors, natural history museums, fine art exhibitions, and darkroom film photography.
Born and raised in Knoxville, TN, Chef Lanna Talley has always loved being in the kitchen. Whether it was making deviled eggs with Grandma, grilling with Dad, baking cookies with Mom or rolling biscuits with Mimi, she always wanted to be a part of it. Lanna found her passion for baking and pastry in culinary school with Chef Catherine Hallman who instilled the patience, science, and creativity it takes to be a pastry chef. Lanna loves combining new techniques with nostalgic flavors, making dessert the most fun part of the meal!
Before moving to New Orleans, Chef Lanna owned and operated Suflour Bakery on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Prior to that, she worked as a Pastry Chef for Oliver Hospitality and Dollywood Theme Park where she learned to be a leader and teacher in the kitchen. Her passion for southern hospitality and great dessert make her an excellent addition to the team here at Hotel Fontenot.
Outside of work, you can find Lanna walking her dogs, exploring nature, drawing, or riding horses.