French Quarter Festivals Inc. (www.fqfi.org) organizes some holiday events and promotes an array of celebrations and promotions in conjunction with the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation. One annual highlight is a December series of chef demonstrations in the French Market.
The series runs Dec. 3-20, and 12 local chefs will show how to cook some of their favorite dishes and offer samples. Participating chefs include Galatoire's Michael Sichel preparing lobster maison, Brigtsen's Frank Brigtsen (oyster chowder with bacon and fennel), Kingfish's Greg Sonnier (daube glace tossed in German spaetzle dumplings), Arnaud's Tommy DiGiovanni (pan-seared center cut pork chop with rosemary jus and oyster dressing) and others.
The free 45-minute demonstrations begin at 2 p.m. at the French Market's Market Fare Stage (at Ursulines and Governor Nicholls streets). Visit holiday.neworleansonline.com for details. — SCOTT GOLD