Oak Street Po-boy Festival announces top sandwiches from 2017 event

Red Fish Grill and Simone’s Market made some of judges’ favorites
The annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (www.poboyfest.com) announced the top sandwiches from its Nov. 12 event.   Thousands of people packed Oak Street off Carrollton Avenue, where vendors offered traditional and creative po-boys, inlcuding Jacques-Imo's Cafe's slow-roasted duck po-boy, Mahony's Po-boys' Taiwanese pork belly po-boy, Oceana Grill's oysters Rockefeller po-boy and DTB's fried oyster and ham hock po-boy dressed with mustard greens and goat cheese.

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A barroom drinking game, Taylor Made Wings food truck shuts down and more
French Quarter Festivals Inc. announced its 2017 Christmas New Orleans Style schedule of events and promotions, which includes concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Catholic Church, dining specials and more. Many specials are available through Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, 2018.

Dining out for hunger and homelessness awareness

Restaurants donate proceeds to New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter
This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and on each day, a different restaurant or group of restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds to the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter (www.nowcs.org) when diners identify the promotion. Visit www.nowcs.org/hhaw for details.

Flamingo A-Go-Go to open in Warehouse District

Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts to open restaurant and bar in November
Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts (www.creolecuisine.com) will open a massive restaurant and bar in the Warehouse District later this month in the space formerly occupied by Warehouse Grille at 869 Magazine St.   Flamingo A-Go-Go will have wall fountains and a 7,000-square-foot patio that will have tables under a pergola and an Army flatbed truck.

Cherry Espresso Bar to open new location

Coffeeshop expands to Lower Garden District
Uptown coffee hub Cherry Espresso Bar (4877 Laurel St., 504-875-3699; www.cherryespresso.com) is adding a second location in the Lower Garden District.   The new coffeeshop will open on the ground floor of the luxury apartment building The Julian at 1581 Magazine St., according to a post on social media by Cherry's proprietor, Lauren Fink.

Harrah’s renames steakhouse BH Steak

Changes follow split with chef John Besh
A week after Harrah's New Orleans casino (8 Canal St., 800-427-7247; www.caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans) cut ties with the Besh Restaurant Group (www.beshrestaurantgroup.com), the steakhouse inside the Canal Street casino officially has a new name. BH Steak has replaced Besh Steak, according to an announcement from the casino's general manager.

The Broad Theater now serves food

Mid-City movie theater adds small menu
Folks catching a movie at The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St., 504-218-1008; www.thebroadtheater.com) in Mid-City have more dining options now that the movie house has launched a food program.   Chef Nick Vella, formerly of Vessel NOLA and currently a chef at Revel Cafe & Bar, designed the menu at the Broad Street theater.

Crescent City BBQ hosts boucherie festival

Whole hog butchering and Cajun music Nov. 18-19
Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart St., 504-558-4276; www.centralcitybbq.com) will host a hog-centric extravaganza Nov. 18-19. The Central City Boucherie Whole Hog Feast and Music Festival is a two-day event built around a traditional Cajun boucherie.

El Patio Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Garden to open in Warehouse District

Owners of La Casita to open new restaurant
The team behind the shuttered Warehouse District happy hour favorite La Casita will open a new tequila bar and Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood in fall.   El Patio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Garden will open at 845 Carondelet St. by "late 2017," according to La Casita owner John Michael Wade.

Wayward Owl Brewing Company and UNO release a beer

Privateer Pale Ale is the university’s first licensed beer
Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646; www.waywardowlbrewing.com) and the University of New Orleans have teamed up on a new beer. Privateer Pale Ale, a 5 percent alcohol-by-volume Belgian-style pale ale, was introduced last week at the Broadmoor brewery.

Poppy Tooker hosts drag brunch benefit at Toups South

Brunch benefits CresentCare-NOAIDS meal program
Local radio personality and food guru Poppy Tooker (above)and CrescentCare host a Poppy's Pop-up Drag Brunch benefit Nov. 12 at Toups South (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-304-2147; www.toupssouth.com).   The three-course brunch ($50 plus tax and tip) is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Taste of Burma hosts benefit dinner Nov. 15

Lahpet popup and chef Paul Chell present a dinner at Live Oak Cafe
Local Burmese pop-up Lahpet (www.facebook.com/lahpetkitchen) hosts its third annual Taste of Burma benefit dinner Nov. 15. The six-course meal will be prepared in collaboration with MoPho chef Paul Chell at Live Oak Cafe (8140 Oak St.).


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