Taste of New Orleans
We're looking at a slew of summer wine tastings and restaurant specials in the upcoming months. There are $30 tickets on sale for Martin Wine Cellar's (3827 Baronne St. only, 899-7411) annual Summer Sippers event, scheduled for June 26. Thursday, June 20, marks the Chardonnay tasting at Midi South of France (614 Canal St., 525-1128) led by sommelier Alain Pirony. Meanwhile, Bull's Corner (316 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 832-0017) sommelier Brian Perkins is continuing his Toastin' Tuesday wine tastings through the month of June. Drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., pay $5 and sample four summertime red wines this week, New Zealand wines next Tuesday, June 18, and Chardonnay on June 25. Morton's of Chicago (365 Canal St., 566-0221) is coming on even stronger with $3 martinis on Wednesday nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nibble on free filet mignon sandwiches in the bar area alongside your happy hour Appletini, chocolate martini or Cosmopolitan. Gautreau's (1728 Soniat St., 899-7397), where the kitchen recently welcomed new Executive Chef Mathias Wolf, is again thanking locals with an incredible summer deal: three appetizers and a glass of wine for $20, any day, anytime. And Begue's (300 Bourbon St., 586-0300) Chef Andre Poirot is offering a three-course, $35 "Fresh From Alaska" menu during June, featuring Alaskan scallops, halibut steaks and baked Alaska desserts.
In honor of Father's Day, Chef Duke LoCicero of Cafe Giovanni (117 Decatur St., 529-2154) will prepare pizza quesadillas with his children (Crystal, 11, and Nicky, 7) at the Crescent City Farmers Market this Saturday at 10 a.m. (700 Magazine St.).
This week's column powered by a Parasol's roast beef po-boy. -- Roahen