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Benevolent Brunch Each year, chefs and restaurateurs around the country take part in a benefit called Taste of the Nation , organized by Share Our Strength ( and billed as America's largest fundraiser for efforts to end childhood poverty and hunger. Once again, New Orleans will host its version in the form of a jazz brunch on Sunday, July 13, beginning at noon at Bourbon House (144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; Locals volunteering for the event include Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen's Restaurant , Greg Collier of Red Fish Grill , Adolfo Garcia of RioMar and La Boca , Donald Link of Herbsaint , Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon , Tenney Flynn of GW Fins , Justin Devillier and Joel Dondis of La Petite Grocery , Danielle and Richard Sutton from St. James Cheese Co. , Tariq Hanna from Sucré , Darin Nesbit of Bourbon House , Ian Schnoebelen and Alan Walter of Iris and Susan Spicer of Bayona . Tickets are $75 general admission, $125 including the VIP pre-party, which begins at 11 a.m. For tickets, visit Glass Act Georg Riedel of high-end stemware maker Riedel Crystal will be in New Orleans for a special tasting event on July 18 at the Parkview Terrace of the historic Casino Building in New Orleans City Park . Riedel, a 10th-generation glassmaker, will lead a seminar on the importance that proper glasses play in wine appreciation. The Mid-City wine shop Cork & Bottle (3700 Orleans Ave., 483-6314; is hosting the event at the City Park venue and will pour wines during the tasting. The cost is $95 per person, and reservations are limited and necessary. Call Cork & Bottle to reserve a space. French Connection The Crescent City Farmers' Market (700 Magazine St., 861-5898; is getting this year's Bastille Day celebration going early at its market on Saturday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to noon. Local bakers from Binder's , Leidenheimer's and Gendusa's bakeries will be on hand, and a historian will discuss French bread through the city's history. Also on July 12, a group of local businesses in the Faubourg St. John area will hold a Bastille Day street fair on Ponce De Leon Street at Esplanade Avenue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The party will feature French cuisine from Cafe Degas and other local restaurants, live music, local artists and a children's art area. — McNulty Headed for the Tropics Chef Chris DeBarr has parted ways with The Delachaise . He currently is working with Chef Miles Prescott on a tiki-inspired dinner scheduled on Thursday, July 17, which has been moved to The Country Club (634 Louisa St., 945-0742; Tiki mixologist Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and rum expert Wayne Curtis will mix exotic tropical cocktails to match each course. Make reservations through the Web site — Will Coviello

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