See Chefs Cook
See the five chefs that Louisiana Cookin' (www.louisianacookin.com) named the "2005 Chefs to Watch" at a dinner benefiting the nonprofit Cafe Reconcile (1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.com) at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29. Louisiana Cookin' , a bimonthly magazine dedicated to the state's cuisine, collected nominations from area chefs, restaurateurs and culinary instructors. The top contenders were evaluated anonymously by the magazine's editors and publisher. This year's winners are Kristen Essig of Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 895-2665; www.savvygourmet.com), Bob Iacavone of Cuvee (322 Magazine St., 587-9001; www.restaurantcuvee.com), Anton Schulte of La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com), Holly Goetting of Charley G's (3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, 337-981-0108) and Chuck Subra of La Cote Brasserie (700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.com). At Cafe Reconcile, the chefs will collaborate on a five-course meal that includes Goetting's pear and basil pesto goat cheese salad, Iacavone's two tomato gazpacho with avocado ice cream and Essig's honey and Creole mustard-glazed Cornish hens. The tax-deductible tickets are $100. Call 482-3914 for reservations.
Zea Rotisserie and Grill is a favorite around the New Orleans area, but until now the local chain had no location actually in Orleans Parish. The new restaurant in the Lower Garden District (1525 St. Charles Ave., 520-8100; www.zearestaurants.com) features Zea's unique menu of roasted meats and wood-grilled seafood. To the disappointment of many, the new location will not have Zea's popular beers brewed at the Metairie location. State liquor laws, unfortunately, only allow brewpubs to sell their beer on their own premises.