Dinner at Dooky's
The legendary Dooky Chase Restaurant (2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535) has helped keep some of the great traditions of African-American Creole cooking alive in its Sixth Ward dining rooms, though since Katrina the landmark restaurant has been waiting on its own rebirth from devastating flood damage. To help the restaurant and Chef-owner Leah Chase get back in business, the New Orleans chapter of the nonprofit Slow Food USA is hosting a fundraiser in the form of a cooking class at the Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 895-2665; www.savvygourmet.com) at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Chase will lead the "Dinner at Dooky's" session in the Savvy Gourmet's demonstration kitchen, which will be followed by dinner. The contribution is $125 per person and seating is limited to 50 people. To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Order in the Court
The new chef at Court of Two Sisters (613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com) is beginning to put his own stamp on the landmark French Quarter dining institution. Peter Chan , formerly the chef at the Uptown bistro The Flaming Torch (737 Octavia St., 895-0900), is preparing a new lunch menu to augment the restaurant's famous daily buffet of traditional Creole fare. Dishes such as braised Mississippi rabbit with wild mushrooms and green onion corn grits or pan-roasted mahi mahi with crawfish risotto, wilted spinach and citrus butter are highlights on the daily-changing menu, which is served as a three-course lunch for $25. The restaurant is also serving martinis and bloody Marys for $2 each at lunch. — McNulty