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Food as Relief

On Thursday, Oct. 11, by contributing at least 10 percent of the day's sales, area restaurants will participate in the international Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund to benefit families of victims of the World Trade Center attacks, who worked in the complex's food-service industry. The money will go toward emergency aid, as well as future scholarships and funds for the victims' families. At press time, participating local restaurants were Bayona, Brigtsen's, Commander's Palace, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Palace Café, Restaurant August and Smith & Wollensky. Keep an eye on for updates. Restaurants should call Darlene Dwyer at (212) 620-7027 ext. 333.

Many Thanks

As a thank-you to its customers, from Oct. 15-19 Charley G's (111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6408) will subtract 50 percent from the price of each entree during both lunch and dinner.

Marigny Moves

To clarify my Café Marigny (1913 Royal St., 945-4472) update of two weeks ago, the restaurant will remain open until its scheduled end-of-the-year move to the corner of Frenchmen and Royal streets. To top it off, I just learned that Steve Zucker, currently executive chef at Lafitte's Landing (404 Claiborne Ave., Donaldsonville, 225-473-1232), is coming on board this month as Café Marigny's executive chef. Replacing former Chef Scott Varadoe, Zucker will also oversee Café Marigny's new (after the move) wine list.

Perfectly Clear

Another clarification: Contrary to recent media reports, Chef Dominique Macquet of Dominique's (Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800) says his restaurant did not close, nor cut hours of operation, following the Sept. 11 attacks. In fact, a new fall menu is in full swing, including many locally procured products like soft-shell crabs and white shrimp. Walter Bertot recently was named Dominique's general manager, as well as sommelier for a wine list he has helped compose for the past 18 months. Dominique's offers more than 60 half-bottles of wine, a unique policy that allows diners to order more than one bottle per dinner without (necessarily) leaving drunk or broke.

Market Watch

At this Saturday's Crescent City Farmer's Market, kick-off a month of Oktoberfest celebrations with a cooking demonstration and beer tasting courtesy of the Crescent City Brewhouse (527 Decatur St., 522-0571). The Saturday market is at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 861-5898 or visit -- Roahen

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