Dining for Life
Some 24,000 Louisianians have tested positive for HIV. Among large metropolitan areas, New Orleans ranks 11th in rates of AIDS cases. On Thursday, July 14, something as simple as dining out can help prevent the spread of HIV. NO/AIDS (www.noaidsdlf.com) has worked with area restaurants to hold the tenth annual Dining for Life fundraiser. More than 45 restaurants will donate 25 percent of their daily proceeds to the NO/AIDS Task Force. Participating restaurants include Joey K's (3001 Magazine St., 891-0997), La Crepe Nanou (1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com), Mat and Naddie's (937 Leonidas St., 861-9600) and Feelings Cafe (2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com). A complete list of restaurants can be found on the NO/AIDS Web site. Over the last nine years, Dining for Life has raised more than $400,000 to support a statewide hotline, HIV prevention education, testing, counseling and health services.
Food, Tunes and a Fight Chef
Tom Wolfe of Wolfe's of New Orleans (7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 284-6004; www.wolfesofneworleans.com) has put together a classic combination for a summer party: free music, good food and a heated culinary battle. Chef Wolfe, along with Voodoo BBQ (8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 283-8301; www.voodoobbqgrill.com) and the Pontchartrain Point Cafe (8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-4233), organized the first Lakeview "Restaurant Rowe" Block Party, which takes places on the 8500 block of Pontchartrain Boulevard on Sunday, July 17. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Bucktown All-Stars will perform for free. Throughout the day, the participating restaurants will be selling food. At noon, teams of amateur chefs will square off in an "Iron Chef"-style battle. At 1 p.m., some of the city's top chefs battle to see whose cuisine will reign supreme – Bob Iacovone of Cuvee (322 Magazine St., 587-9001; www.restaurantcuvee.com), Michael Domenick of Wolfe's , Matthew Murphy of Victor's Grill (921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com), Erik Veney of Muriel's (801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com) and Adolfo Garcia of RioMar (800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.com).
Chef Donald Link , after having worked in San Francisco, wasn't too impressed initially with the produce he found in New Orleans. Over the years, however, he developed a network of Louisiana foragers, farmers and fishermen that provide his restaurant Herbsaint (701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com) with top-quality local products. On Thursday, July 14, Chef Link will cook a special meal in honor of his favorite suppliers. Local purveyors invited include Warren Smith from the Smith Creamery , Dan Crutchfield of Crickhollow Farms , shrimper and crabber Dino Pertuit and Anne from the Vintage Garden . Connie Green , "the mushroom lady" featured in The French Laundry Cookbook , will also visit from California's Napa Valley. The five-course prix fixe dinner is $75 plus tax and tip.