The festival features a taste of America's most celebrated dishes, with dozens of chefs offering specialties from their areas staged along four blocks of the French Quarter. There is an opening night party at Cafe Reconcile (631 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.) at 8 p.m. March 22, and a crawfish boil in Crown Point at 6:30 p.m. March 23 (there is complimentary transportation to the boil). Visit www.nolafoodfest.com for details. Party admission $50, crawfish boil admission $75, festival admission free.