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Many Thanks
I've already received several reader queries about restaurants that will be receiving Thanksgiving guests. Following is my shortlist, though bear in mind that there are many more options -- as Thanksgiving becomes more and more a restaurant holiday, increasing numbers of restaurants roast turkeys once a year. Arnaud's (813 Bienville St., 523-5433), Bourbon House (144 Bourbon St., 522-0111), Broussard's (819 Conti St., 581-3866), Chateaubriand (310 N. Carrollton Ave., 207-0016), Fairmont Hotel (123 Baronne St., 529-4848), Hunt Room Grill (Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 523-3341), New Orleans Grill (Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-1992), Palace Cafe (605 Canal St., 523-1661), Rene Bistrot (817 Common St., 412-2580) and Tujague's (823 Decatur St., 525-8676).

Through the Grapevine
Ric Hopper of Hopper's Wine & Spirits (Uptown Square, 170 Broadway St., 861-7500) is offering tips and deals for locals dining in on Thanksgiving. Four whites and four reds, all chosen to match foods typically prepared for the holiday, are on sale this week at a 10 percent discount.

Market Watch
Thanksgiving shoppers at Tuesday's Crescent City Farmers Market (which, incidently, sits mere steps from Hopper's), may lunch on a green plate special prepared by Martin Wine Cellar chefs. Then, on Saturday, Anthony, Gail and John Uglesich will conduct a cooking demonstration and sign their new cookbook, Uglesich's Restaurant Cookbook (Pelican), beginning at 10 a.m. The Tuesday market is at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Saturday market is at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 861-5898 or visit www.loyola.edu.ccfm.

It's Martini Time
The Bombay Club (830 Conti St., 586-0972), a swank French Quarter restaurant and lounge with an unbeatable martini list, is offering group martini classes. The hour-and-a-half seminars, which can accommodate 10 to 25 participants, incorporate martini history, technique and samples. The cost is $32 per person. For reservations, call or email rsonn@thebombayclub.com.

Searching for Suds
A variety of circumstances might render you famished and wanting for a stiff beer after dark on the West Bank -- for me, two Fridays ago it was a harrowing whirl through home-improvement America. Thank goodness for the cola-dark St. Bernardus Abt 12, a Trappist-style ale teeming with malt and grapes and alcohol, at Clementine's Belgian Bistrot (2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995). Clementine's is open until 10 p.m. on weekends.

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