Once again this year, WYES Channel 12 has recruited a roster of New Orleans-area restaurants for a series of culinary fundraisers benefiting the local public broadcasting station. This yearÕs edition of ÒA Season of Good TastesÓ will be held at 10 restaurants, which will each host a dinner on different nights beginning this Friday, Sept. 21, and continuing through December. Priced at $80 per person, the multi-course meals are paired with wine and feature at least one course prepared using event sponsor Community CoffeeÕs products. For instance, La Petit GroceryÕs (4238 Magazine St., 891-3377) Dec. 3 dinner includes a Community Coffee- and ancho chili-rubbed hanger steak, and this weekÕs kickoff dinner at AntoineÕs Restaurant (713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com) ends with a crepe filled with coffee cream. A list of restaurants, dates and menus is available at www.wyes.org. For reservations, call the station directly at 840-4886.
There wasnÕt a single Brazilian-style steakhouse in the New Orleans area before Hurricane Katrina. Now there are three. The latest to open is called Brazil Latino Restaurant (500 Lafayette St., 362-5353) in downtown Gretna. A casual eatery serving breakfast and lunch, the restaurantÕs focal point is a brick rotisserie in which cooks tend a large assortment of meats on long metal skewers. In the standard churrascaria style, the restaurant also includes a large buffet of salads and side dishes. Prices are tallied by weight and guests measure their loaded plates on a scale after each trip through the line. Brazil Latino Restaurant follows the same format as Carnaval Restaurant (2501 Canal St., 822-4636), which opened in the Mid-City area in August. Meanwhile, Fire of Brazil (725 Iberville St., 552-4446; www.fireofbrazil.com) employs elaborately costumed waiters to bring the various meat skewers around from table to table and charges a set price for all-you-can-eat.
Shots and Servings
Bourbon House Seafood & Oyster Bar (144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com) has been doing its best to educate consumers on the finer points of its namesake liquor. Earlier this year, the restaurant started a bourbon appreciation club called the New Orleans Bourbon Society and regularly hosts events with visiting distillers of some of the countryÕs finest bourbons. September being known in some circles as ÒNational Bourbon Heritage Month,Ó the restaurant is serving a special multi-course dinner and bourbon tasting for $40 per person any night through the end of the month. The meal includes one of the restaurantÕs bourbon cocktails (a Ònew fashioned,Ó a streetcar or a mint jubilee), an appetizer of shrimp tapenade, andouille-crusted pork tenderloin with cabbage pickled in bourbon, bourbon-soaked pound cake and a bourbon milk punch cocktail. Ñ McNulty