Oyster appetizer The New Orleans Oyster Festival is a few months away, but diners can support the festival this month just by dining out. On March 22, select restaurants will donate 10 percent of their total sales to support the festival during the organization's inaugural Dine Out night. By highlighting Louisiana oyster farmers and restaurateurs, the festival educates people about Louisiana oysters and raises funds for coastal restoration efforts. Restaurants participating in Dine Out night include Red Fish Grill (115 Bourbon St., 504-598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com), Acme Oyster House (724 Iberville St., 504-522-5973; www.acmeoyster.com), Bourbon House (144 Bourbon St., 504-522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com), Desire Oyster Bar (300 Bourbon St., 504-553-2281; www.sonesta.com) and Cafe Hope (1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 504-756-4673; www.cafehope.org).
The New Orleans Oyster Festival is June 4-5 in Woldenberg Riverfront Park and features food from 20 local restaurants and chef demonstrations. The music lineup inlcudes Tank and the Bangas, Colin Lake, Honey Island Swamp Band, Mia Borders, One-A-chord gospel choir, Stooges Brass Band and others.