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In Memory of Lee Barnes
Slow Food New Orleans, the Crescent City Farmers Market and the Newcomb Center for Women's Research are remembering Lee Barnes this week. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, Barnes ran a cooking school on Oak Street Uptown before her death in 1992. Poppy Tooker, a former student of Barnes, writes, "She made us remember to love the taste of old favorites like okra seafood gumbo, crayfish bisque and bread pudding. She made us learn to use a wok, attempt chocolate genoise cake, dip chocolate onto leaves and become the master of any number of buttercreams." From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, drink in Barnes' honor from the "World's Largest Mint Julep" at the Mid-City market (3700 Orleans Ave.). At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, gather in the Caroline Richardson Building at Newcomb College for an open-mic memory exchange, followed by an opportunity to taste some of Barnes' famous dishes. A We Remember Lee exhibit will remain on display in Newcomb Center's Vorhoff Library and Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room through Jan. 3, 2003. All events are free. For more information, call 899-7374.

Feminism on the Rocks
This Thursday is also the 53rd anniversary of the first day women were admitted to the Fairmont Hotel's Sazerac Bar (123 Baronne St., 529-4733). Men are fined $19.49 and women pay $7.50 for entry to Stormin' the Sazerac, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The price includes cocktails, music from the 1940s, a 1949 costume contest, hors d'oeuvres and photographs of the bar's first female patrons. Guests are also asked to bring a donated item of clothing for Crescent House, the hotel's adopted shelter.

Historic Bar-Hopping
A new, two-hour Southern Comfort Cocktail Tour begins daily at 4 p.m. and proceeds through stops at Jax Brewery, Napoleon House, the former site of Antoine Amadee Peychaud's Apothecary, Galatoire's, Antoine's, Brennan's, Pat O'Brien's, Gennifer Flower's Kelsto Club and Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. The $24 tour is narrated with stories of drinking, dining, debauchery and politics, not necessarily in that order. Southern Comfort was created in 1874 at McCauley's Tavern on the corner of St. Peter and Richard streets. For information or to reserve a spot, make sure you're 21 and then call 569-1401 or log on at www.graylineneworleans.com.

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