Ticket to Taste
The schedule for the upcoming New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (www.nowfe.com), five days of wines from around the world paired with the best of New Orleans food, has been posted online. The event, which runs from Thursday, May 25, through Sunday, May 29, includes seminars with leading wine experts, wine dinners hosted by 30 local restaurants and a night of wine tasting and music along Royal Street. At the Grand Tasting, the centerpiece of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, 100 of New Orleans' top chefs serve tasting-size portions of their food with complementary wine. Some events sell out, so it's a good idea to purchase advance tickets through the website. All profits from the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience benefit the Louisiana Restaurant Association's School-to-Career Program.
Sapphire Blue Eyes
At Artesia (21516 Highway 36, Abita Springs, 985-892-1662; www.artesiarestaurant.com), folks will be cutting a rug until late in the evening now that the Abita Springs restaurant and inn has opened its Sapphire Lounge. Singer Mike Morris (www.mikemorris.biz) has been crooning swinging tunes in the style of Frank Sinatra for Artesia's guests every weekend. People felt a little awkward dancing amid dinner tables, so after numerous requests Artesia decided to open their new second-floor lounge. The intimate Sapphire lounge, which will be open from 5:30 p.m. until closing on Fridays and Saturdays, is decorated in Rat Pack style with old photos from the 1940s and '50s.