Over at Mango House (8115 Jeannette St., 862-5848), Chef-owner Anne Lloyd has composed a four-course Caribbean-inspired holiday menu priced at $27.95 per person. It begins with a red sorrel aperitif, which she makes by steeping dried red sorrel flowers with ginger, sugar, cloves and orange peel; you may drink it like fruit juice or spike it with rum. From there, the choices include roasted pumpkin soup, duck with guava glaze and garlic pork roast. Dessert is a Haitian sweet potato cake.
Starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. the 700 block of St. Peters Street will morph into a block party in celebration of Pat O'Brien's (718 St. Peter St., 525-4823) 70th anniversary. To thank customers for their long-suffering years drinking Hurricanes, the signature drink will sell for $1.50 apiece; mixed drinks and beer will cost 50 cents. The Bucktown All-Stars will play at 8 p.m.
Food and Film
Just when dinner-and-a-movie was getting banal the New Orleans Country Club (not just for members; 643 Louisa St., 945-0742) hosts dinner-and-a-movie nights every Thursday, poolside when the weather cooperates. What's for dinner depends upon the chef, who often takes inspiration from the feature film; he's been known to whip up chicken Cubano, lemon pesto pork and pumpkin pizza. This Thursday's movie is the Marx Brothers classic, Monkey Business; see Caligula on Thursday, Dec. 11, and Tender Mercies on Thursday, Dec. 18. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m.; movie is at 8 p.m.