Local public television station WYES begins a new culinary event series called Global Gourmet on Sunday, March 14, with a program on Japanese food and culture at the Jefferson Orleans South (2536 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 454-6105; www.jeffersonorleans.com) events hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. Carl Rosa, director of the Japan-America Society of Houston, leads the event, which includes presentations on sushi and sake. Little Tokyo, Aloha Sushi (an offshoot of the Sun Ray Grill restaurants) and the new downtown restaurant Mike's East-West will supply sushi. Sake tastings are included in the $50 admission. Call WYES at 486-5511, ext. 200 for tickets.