Sweet Dreams Sucré (3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; www.shopsucre.com), the Uptown dessert boutique, marked its one-year anniversary recently with the announcement that it will open a new production facility intended to fuel national sales. Partners Joel Dondis and Tariq Hanna plan to open the new dessert kitchen at a Central City site on Euphrosine Street. The 6,000-square-foot space should be operating by August, taking over pastry, chocolate and gelato production now done at the Magazine Street shop. Dondis and Hanna plan to market their products to national food-service outlets such as hotel companies, and they aim to open new Sucré retail shops in the metro area and other cities.
Imperial Red Beans Opinions are often heated on the matter of pop stars and throwback crowd-pleasers chosen to headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival . But each year, the fest's Food Heritage Stage and Cajun Cabin demonstration area, both sponsored by Zatarain's , are sure bets to see local heritage in the spotlight. This Friday at 3:15 p.m., for example, the Cajun Cabin area will feature Antoinette K-Doe, the "Empress of the Universe" and widow of local R&B legend Ernie K-Doe, demonstrating the red beans and rice recipe that has sustained countless patrons at her bar the Mother-In-Law Lounge (1500 N. Claiborne Ave., 947-1078) and parties around town over the years. For a complete schedule of chefs, cooks and other presenters at these areas, visit www.nojazzfest.com and click on "Food & Crafts." McNulty
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