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Borscht Belt
Maxim (3244 Georgia Ave., Kenner, 443-1188) is not a Russian restaurant, says Russian owner Michael Kupershtein, but that doesn't stop him from serving a borscht that's as bright in vegetal flavor as it is in beet-red color. Instead, he calls it 'European,' an adjective that the wide-ranging menu supports with its French-inspired Olivier Salad, Hungarian fish cakes and German schnitzel. Kupershtein, who also owns Kenner's low-profile Eastern European Delicacy grocery and sundries store (3320 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-3400), opened Maxim in March in the former El Patio space; many hints of the building's Latino heritage remain, including promotional Latin nights when the dining room converts to a dance floor and the kitchen shifts into appetizer mode. Maxim is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and for brunch and dinner Sunday.

Season's Greetings
It's another Season of Good Tastes, the traveling wine dinner series that benefits WYES TV/Channel 12 and runs through December. All dinners are $80, tax and gratuity inclusive. The first one will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at GW Fins, followed throughout the fall by dinners at Feelings Cafe, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Alex Patout's Louisiana Restaurant, Etoile Restaurant and Wine Bar, Artesia, Napoleon House, Le Parvenu, Louis XVI Restaurant Francais, Indigo, Zoe, Red Maple Restaurant, The New Orleans Grill, La Riviera, Sazerac, JW Marriott New Orleans, and The Bistro at Maison de Ville. Most dinners begin at 7 p.m. and all conclude with coffee from Royal Blend Coffee & Tea House. To reserve a space at one of the dinners, call 587-9427. Visit for specific dates and other current information.

Dinner for Ones
Plan now for the next Single Gourmet dinner, which is planned for Friday, Aug. 13, at Chateaubriand (310 N. Carrollton Ave.). The cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $62. Call 885-1831 or visit

Remember to eat between preening and gawking (and, oh yeah, admiring the art) at White Linen Night this Saturday. Mother's will be on Julia Street with Ferdi po-boys, and Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar will sell vegetarian summer rolls. Additional purveyors -- Zoe, Herbsaint, Rasputin, Nirvana and La Boulangerie -- will set up either on the street or at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), and PJ's Coffee & Tea will give away coffee at the WWNO tent. The outdoor celebration runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; the CAC shindig is from 6 p.m. to midnight.

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