Bourbon on Bourbon
A wine tasting might be more refined, but a bourbon tasting might be more fun. On Tuesday, April 12, the Bourbon House (144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com) hosts a free bourbon tasting led by Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Davis Wheatley. The Buffalo Trace Distillery (www.greatbourbon.com), the first distillery to ship bourbon down the Mississippi to New Orleans, has recently won many awards for its small-batch, single barrel bourbons. Wheatley will show drinkers the finer points of Buffalo Trace, Blanton's, Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Year and Weller 12 Year bourbons. The tastings, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., are free, but reservations must be made by calling 521-8311, ext. 490. Bourbon House Chef Jared Tees will serve complimentary hors d'oeuvres before and after the tastings.
Booze to Beef
Liquor, local author Poppy Z. Brite's previous novel, told the story of Rickey and G-man's struggle to rise to the top of the New Orleans restaurant world. The novel, part of the growing sub-genre of foodie fiction, followed the young characters on a wild ride through the kitchens of New Orleans as they tried to open Liquor, a restaurant where every dish on the menu had at least a splash of alcohol. With its vivid characters, rapid-fire action and unsentimental recreation of life in New Orleans, Brite's novel drew praise from foodies and non-foodies alike. In Prime, Brite's latest novel, Rickey and G-man have returned. Now celebrated chefs, Rickey takes on a consulting job in Dallas to raise money. When he gets to Texas, though, he finds himself working with an old nemesis from culinary school. Prime, full of rich, crazy Texans, dangerous situations and plenty of delicious food, promises to be as much fun as Brite's last novel.