Cafe Adelaide and The Loews New Orleans Hotel (300 Poydras St. 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com) present their inaugural Mardi Gras Celebration as a way to entice Carnival revelers to make the hotel their home base. Reservation packages available from Saturday, Feb. 5, through Fat Tuesday, Feb. 8, priced at $60 per person (including tax and tip) per day, and include breakfast and lunch, parking at the Loews garage, bathroom access throughout the day, and a table to use for dropping beads or to just take a break. (You'll be met there with a complimentary Brandy Milk Punch.) Special kids' rates are also available.
Bacchus Would Be Proud
Vega Tapas Cafe (2051 Metairie Road, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com) will host a special Winemaker Dinner with Susie Selby -- owner and winemaker of Selby Winery in Sonoma County, Calif. -- at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. The six-course meal includes a butternut squash bisque paired with a Selby Russian River Valley Chardonnay (2003) and sherry-braised beef short ribs paired with a Selby Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (2000). The price is $65 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
A Giving Mood
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOW&FE) announced contributions to two culinary institutions. The group donated $25,000 to the Louisiana Restaurant Association's School-to-Career Program, which helps young people interested in careers in the food-service industry, and $5,000 to the University of New Orleans' School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism. NOW&FE will be held May 25-29. Visit www.nowfe.com for more info.
Chef Duke LoCicero of Cafe Giovanni (117 Decatur St. 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com) received the Restaurateur of the Year award from the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association at a Jan. 18 ceremony. Also at the ceremony, Ralph Brennan of Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group was inductived into the LRA New Orleans Chapter Hall of Fame.