Reds, Whites and the Blues
6:30 p.m. Thursday (6 p.m. VIP admission)
Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, New Orleans City Park, 12 Magnolia Drive
The tasting features more than 200 wines and spirits and food from American Sector, Cafe B, Carmo, GW Fins, Sac-A-Lait and other local restaurants. Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses performs. The fundraiser benefits Gambit's Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. Call (504) 483-3129 for information. Tickets $45. VIP early admission and VIP tent access $100.
James Beard Foundation Taste of America
7 p.m. Friday (6:30 p.m. patron party)
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 561-1234
The dinner is prepared by April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig in New York City and local chefs Donald Link (Herbsaint, Cochon, Peche Seafood Grill), Eric Damidot (Hyatt Regency New Orleans) and Jeremy Fogg (Emeril's Restaurant). Cocktail hour tastings are by Tory McPhail, Ryan Prewitt, Alon Shaya, Stephen Stryjewski and Sue Zemanick. The event is a fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation. Tickets are $300. Patron party tickets are $1,000 for two.
Taste of Italy
7 p.m. Saturday (6 p.m. patron party)
Piazza d'Italia and American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., (504) 522-7294
The event celebrates National Italian Heritage Month and features food from more than 20 area restaurants, Italian spirits and entertainment by The Y'at Pack, New Orleans Opera Association and a jazz band. Tickets $65 in advance, $75 at the gate, $150 for the patron party beginning at 6 p.m.