Duke LoCicero, chef-owner of Cafe Giovanni (117 Decatur St., 529-2154) and co-host (with brother "Rocky") of Dig In Saturdays on WSMB 1350 AM from noon to 1 p.m., is cooking to help kids this Saturday, Dec. 7. A $65 ticket buys an evening of Robert Mondavi wines paired with Chef Duke's food, a "not-so-silent" auction and a fashion show. All proceeds benefit The Chef Duke Foundation for Kids, which this year is providing gifts to children spending the holidays in Tulane University Hospital's pediatric oncology department rather than at home. Call the restaurant for reservations.
From this Thursday through Thursday, March 3 2003, Zoe Bistrot (W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018) will sample champagnes from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event called Tickle My Lips (you big brut). The $15 flight featuring Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Piper Heidsick includes appetizers. Additional glasses cost $7, and the champagne flights are also offered during Sunday brunch for $12.
A new NBA team in town offers more excuses for hanging around sports bars and gathering to eat with friends before or after a game. The folks at Smith & Wollensky were all over that when they opened Doc Smith's Lounge (1009 Poydras St., 561-0528), an upscale sports bar (or lounge) with three flat-screen televisions, seating for 150 people and casual food from Smith & Wollensky's Chef Robert Bruce. The menu includes specialty cocktails, savory beignets, pizzas, po-boys, muffalettas, chocolate cheesecake lollipops and cigars. Doc Smith's is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Last weekend marked the start of this year's Reveillon dinners, adaptations of long-ago Creole holiday feasts served throughout the month. The four or five-course meals are priced between $21.95 and $54 (Gumbo Shop and Rib Room are the bookends), many including cafe brulot, eggnog or wine. Participating restaurants are Andrea's ($35), Arnaud's ($41), Begue's ($39), Bombay Club ($40-$44), Bourbon House ($32), Brennan's ($45), Broussard's ($32.50-$35.50), Chateaubriand Steakhouse ($45), Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse ($44), Galatoire's ($43-$47), Grill Room ($45), Gumbo Shop ($21.95), Hunt Room Grill ($36-$42), Louis XVI Restaurant Francais ($38-$40), The Manor Room at Harrah's Casino ($42.99), Midi South of France ($45), Muriel's Jackson Square ($28.50), Palace Cafe ($38), Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant ($24.95), Pelican Club ($37-$42), Rene Bistrot ($38), Rib Room ($54), Royal Cafe ($35), Sazerac ($37), Tujague's ($29.95), Upperline Restaurant ($38), The Veranda ($38.50), Zoe Bistrot ($40). Call restaurants for reservations, or log on at www.christmasneworleans.com for more information.