The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (www.nowfe.com) is a four-day eating and drinking extravaganza featuring chefs, winemakers and industry professionals in a series of events and dinners running May 26-29.
Annual events include the drinking and snacking walk, the Royal Street Stroll, a Grand Tasting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and a series of more intimate events such as guest chef-led tours, dinners and seminars. Here are some of the experiences for which tickets were available at press time:
Midnight Mangia. MoPho and Tana at Treo chef Michael Gulotta and Avo chef Nick Lama host a Sicilian-inspired street food pop-up to celebrate New Orleans' Italian heritage. Following the Royal Street Stroll on Friday, the chefs run the pop-up from 11 p.m. till 1 a.m. at a location yet to be announced. They will serve their takes on Sicilian street food snacks, and Compere Lapin's Abigail Gullo will serve cocktails featuring the Italian spirits Campari, Aperol and Frangelico. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, follow NOWFE on social media.
Hong Kong Phoodie. On Sunday, Root and Square Root chef Phillip Lopez and Oscar Ycaza, also of Square Root, lead guests on a tour of the Asian grocery Hong Kong Food Market. Guests can pick Lopez' brain as they shop for foods to cook a multi-course lunch. Tickets are $110 and include the tour and lunch.
Flour Power. A program about bread and the artisanal bakery movement features a tour of Bellegarde Bakery with owner Graison Gill and Gracious Bakery owner and pastry chef Megan Forman. Gill and Forman discuss baking techniques and bread recipes. Guests can enjoy French Truck Coffee and sample breads and Italian wines. The event is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $65.
Cast Iron Chef. Chef Donald Link leads a fishing trip beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday. After an early afternoon break, participants go to Link's Warehouse District restaurant Cochon, where Link and his team will prepare the day's catch. Tickets are $850, which includes the boat charter, all fishing equipment, refreshments and dinner.