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KUSA - NoNo's Cafe is named after Sonda's father. NoNo means "Grandpa" in Italian and has been his nickname since becoming a Grandfather. Some of the menu items are his own recipes. You may notice Sonda's mother, Mayme, being credited for some recipes as well.

Sonda & Brian opened NoNo's Cafe in 1996. The restaurant has been a dream in the making since they moved to Denver from New Orleans, in 1993.

On Mardi Gras, NoNo's Cafe released their recipe for crawfish etouffee:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celebry
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup shrimp stock or chicken stock
  • 1 ol. peeled crawfish tails
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/ Tbls. chopped parsley

  1. Set a large heavy-bottomed Dutch over over a medium heat. Melt the butter, add the flour and make a roux the color of peanut butter
  2. Add the chopped onion, celery and bell pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent and the celery and bell pepper are tender.
  3. Add the garlic, basil, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and paprika and cook for two minutes.
  4. Stir in the Tabasco sauce and stock and bring to a gentle boil.
  5. Add the crawfish tails, green onions and parsley.
  6. Simmer for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve over steamed rice.