Season 11 of Top Chef premieres on Bravo tonight , and what better way to get into the competition — which takes place in New Orleans — than by stocking your larder with The Big Easy's most iconic food items? Although many of these specialties, from hot sauce and seasoning blends to beignets and chicory coffee, are local food favorites, you can find a surprising number of them online, and they're ready to be shipped straight to your belly.
Italian Olive Salad
You need not travel to the French Quarter to get your mouth around a muffuletta . Stock your home pantry with Boscoli Italian Olive Salad , the crucial ingredient in this legendary cold-cut sandwich. This stuff is also great tossed into pasta or spooned over baked chicken breasts.
Zapp's Potato Chips
These legendary New Orleans potato chips  have an extracrunchy, unctuous texture that goes great with a muffuletta. Try the Voodoo or Cajun Crawtator flavors for extra Louisiana flair.
A Louisiana sausage made with pork and rice, boudin is a favorite New Orleans delicacy, though one of the harder ones to find outside the Big Easy. Thankfully, you can order this Cajun meat online  anytime you crave it.
Cafe du Monde — famous for its indulgent, powdered sugar-drenched French breakfast doughnuts — also sells a beignet mix  that makes it (probably too) easy to fry up beignets at home.
Coffee and Chicory
Cafe du Monde's also-legendary café au laits have a distinctive flavor that comes from coffee blended with chicory. Make your own cup with a tin of Cafe du Monde chicory coffee  to wash down your beignets.
Crystal Hot Sauce
Tabasco may be the better-known brand, but the lower-profile Crystal Hot Sauce is a tabletop must-have for any New Orleans meal, from red beans and rice to collard greens.
Pralines — clumps of pecans bound together by caramelized sugar and sometimes chocolate — are a go-to after-dinner confection in New Orleans. Pick up a bag from French Quarter standby Aunt Sally's .
You can find Abita Beer, brewed in nearby Abita Springs, LA, in just about every bar and restaurant in New Orleans (and there are a lot). The Amber is a classic choice, but the Turbo Dog and Purple Haze are also worth a sip.
This "spirit of New Orleans" provides the essential anise flavor in the city's famed sazerac cocktail . To make a sazerac, first coat your glass with Herbsaint , then toss it out before muddling sugar and bitters and adding rye.
Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
The salty, spicy Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning  blend claims to be "great on everything." It makes a great spice rub for meats and barbecue and also adds a kick to soups, stews, fish, scrambled eggs, you name it.
If you're not yet brave enough to make your own King Cake , do as most New Orleanians do and serve a store-bought version. You can even order pretty tasty King Cakes online .