Dragging Cher Around
Zoe Bistrot in the W Hotel (333 Poydras St., 207-5018) has scheduled an all-Cher drag brunch for this Sun., Aug. 18, just hours before the actual diva takes the stage at the New Orleans Arena. Zoe's regular "Sundays Are a Drag" hostess Bianca Del Rio is well-known for her Cher performances; other entertainers will perform as "black Cher," "big Cher" and "little Cher." The $23 brunch begins at 11:30 a.m.; the show follows at 1 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Meg Barkley of Robert Sinsky Winery will host a wine dinner at Bayona (430 Dauphine St., 525-4455) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Chef Susan Spicer and her staff will prepare a five-course menu to pair with selected Robert Sinsky wines. The all-inclusive dinner is $75.
Meanwhile, Josh Jensen of Calera Wine Company will be at Emeril's Delmonico (1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937) on Friday, Aug. 23, for a five-course wine dinner, plus hors d'oeuvres, paired with Calera's 1999 Central Coast Chardonnay. Dinner is $150.
Calling All Chefs
Amateur and professional chefs are wanted for the ninth annual Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival in Morgan City, to be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. Participants vie for medals and cash prizes, and everyone will get airtime on PBS' "BAR-BE-CUE America." For guidelines and entry forms for the shrimp cook-off, call (985) 385-0703. Also check out the festival's Web site, www.shrimp-petrofest.org.
This week's column powered by Breyer's Take Two: vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet share the same carton. -- Roahen