Aquarium dinner focuses on sustainability
Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll of Sac-A-Lait (1051 Annunciation St., 504-324-3658; www.sac-a-laitrestaurant.com) will join members of the Audubon Nature Institute to host a Sea to Table dinner at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Geaux Fish! exhibit March 9.
Cajun-inspired restaurant from Bacobar chef
The proprietor of Northshore bao and frozen drink hub Bacobar (70437 Highway 21, Suite 100, Covington, 985-893-2450; www.bacobarnola.com) has a new restaurant in the works. Chef Carl Schaubhut will open DTB at 8201 Oak St., next to the newly opened grocery store Simone's Market (8201 Oak St., Suite 2, 504-273-7706; www.facebook.com/simonesmarket).
Lula Restaurant Distillery (1532 St. Charles Ave., 504-267-7624; www.lulanola.com) opened Feb. 13. Co-owners Jess Bourgeois and Bear Caffery hatched the idea for the restaurant and distillery several years ago when the duo met while traveling in New Zealand.
Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) holds a chili cook-off starting 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
Poke, the Hawaiian raw fish salad, has a home in New Orleans with the opening of Poke Loa (3341 Magazine St., 504-309-9993; www.eatpokeloa.com). The restaurant has a Chipotle-
esque build-your-own bowl setup.
Spotted Cat Food and Spirits (2372 St. Claude Ave., 504-371-5074; www.spottedcatfoodspirits.com) officially opened inside the New Orleans Healing Center Feb. 7. The menu offers comfort food with ingredients sourced from the Gulf South, and breakfast is available all day. Shrimp and grits are topped with vegetables, a fried egg and tomato gravy.
The Station (4400 Bienville St., 504-319-4548; www.thestation.coffee), a cafe from husband-and-wife team Jonathan and Megan Walker, opened Feb. 8 in Mid-City. The shop serves coffee and teas from Orleans Coffee and Birmingham, Alabama-based Revelator Coffee.
Middle Eastern food chain The Halal Guys opened a location in Uptown (5001 Freret St., 504-533-9410; www.thehalalguys.com) Feb. 4. Halal Guys' brief menu features platters or pita sandwiches with chicken, gyro meat or falafel topped with hot sauce, creamy white sauce or both. Sides include hummus or tahini with pita bread, fries, and for dessert, there is baklava.
Central City's Paradigm Gardens (1131 S. Rampart St., 504-344-9474; www.paradigmgardensnola.com) kicks off a six-part dinner and concert series March 7. The urban farm and events venue announced the music and chef lineup for the series, which includes the farm's partner restaurants Patois, Coquette and Primitivo.
the King Cake Festival (www.kingcakefestival.org) announced winners of its fourth annual event. Hundreds of people flocked to Champions Square Jan. 29 to soak up sunny weather and sample from more than 25 versions of the Carnival season confection.
Local bread and pastry shop Gracious Bakery + Cafe opened its Uptown location (2854 St. Charles Ave., 504-301-3709; www.graciousbakery.com) Feb. 1. The cafe takes over the space formerly occupied by The Grocery on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Sixth Street. The po-boy shop closed after a change of ownership late last year.
Mary Queen of Vietnam Church (5069 Willowbrook Drive, 504-254-5660; www.facebook.com/maryqueenofvietnamchurch) celebrates Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12. The celebration coincides with the first full moon falling in late January or early February, and 2017 is the year of the rooster in the Vietnamese zodiac.