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Bourbon Streak Ten whiskey distillers from around the country are coming to town this week for the American Whiskey Fest hosted by the New Orleans Bourbon Society (NOBS), a group formed by restaurateur Dickie Brennan to promote bourbon appreciation. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, distillers from Woodford Reserve , Buffalo Trace , Jack Daniels and Wild Turkey will join a panel discussion titled "Whiskey Nation: American Culture and Brown Liquor" at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum ( Later that evening, distillers will host "Spirited Master Distiller Dinners" with whiskey cocktails and paired menus at Brennan's Bourbon House (, Palace Café (, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse ( and his family's Mr. B's Bistro ( The dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. and cost $85 per person. See for details on reservations. On Thursday, Bourbon House will host the distillers beginning at 5:30 p.m. for guided tastings, whiskey cocktails and appetizers, plus an auction of distiller memorabilia. Admission on Thursday is $45. Creole Italian Galatoire's Restaurant (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; will host restaurateur and wine impresario Joe Bastianich ( for a wine dinner on Monday, Sept. 29, to benefit the Brees Dream Foundation , the charity of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees . Bastianich is the business partner of chef Mario Batali in more than a dozen Italian restaurants in New York and Las Vegas and is the son of Italian cookbook author Lidia Matticchio Bastianich . The dinner will feature wines produced by Bastianich's own wineries. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with an auction to benefit Operation Kids' Edible Schoolyard Project , a program supported by the Brees foundation for food education in city schools. The cost is $200 per person. For reservations, call the restaurant or email Yellow Bricks, Cheese and Champagne Champagne, cheese, a film classic and a good cause add up to an offbeat way to get an early start on the weekend. This Thursday, The Wizard of Oz will be shown on the big screen at NOCCA/Riverfront (2800 Chartres St.) during a champagne and cheese reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Lazarus House (, a local service agency for people with HIV/AIDS who can no longer care for themselves. The suggested donation for admission is $15. Film-inspired costumes are encouraged. For tickets, call 949-3609, ext. 505, or email — McNulty

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