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Beginning this week, the mobile Crescent City Farmers Market will set up shop in the French Market (at the intersection of French Market Place and Gov. Nicholls Street) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday. With this natural partnership, both organizations aim to better serve French Quarter residents, as well as encourage entrepreneurship in New Orleans. On opening day, the Ursuline Sisters will help construct a St. Joseph altar at the market, and local author/photographer Kerri McCaffety will sign copies of her book, St. Joseph Altars (Pelican).

Altared State
On Friday, which is actually St. Joseph's Day, the French Market will continue celebrating with a Feast of St. Joseph's Day Street Festival from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Growth Spurt
Indonique (4861 Magazine St., 891-8776), the tea shop that moved from Mandeville to Uptown in January, continues to grow. You may now purchase dry curry masalas by the ounce, eat light meals (I enjoyed the cold curried tofu) and, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, hear live sitar-jazz fusion. And that's not to mention the best Indian chai around, warmly spiced and sweetened just enough. It can be made with milk or soy milk.

Following his Muse
Karl Wilder of the New Orleans Country Club (not just for members; 643 Louisa St., 945-0742) hosts dinner-and-a-movie nights every Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. (the movie starts at 8 p.m.). Cher is his muse this month. The Witches of Eastwick will inspire his chicken paprikash this week; he'll make Moroccan chicken stew (reportedly one of Cher's favorites) next Thursday, March 25, to complement Cher The Farewell Tour.

Happy Birthday
In celebration of its 18th birthday, Cafe Degas (3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635) is inviting diners on an epicurean Tour de France, highlighting the cuisine of a singular region each week this month with $20.04, two-course specials. This is Burgundy's week; next week, travel to Provence. Cafe Degas is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner nightly and brunch Sunday.

Through the Grapevine
Rene Bistrot's (817 Common St., 412-2580) series of five-course French wine dinners continues this Thursday with Bordeaux wines and food inspired by the Bordeaux region. A sample course: oxtail soup with hazelnut dumpling, paired with a 2000 Graves Blanc from Chateau Graville Lacoste. The cost is $75.

This week's column powered by the new alligator sausage po-boy dressed with grainy mustard at Guy's Po-Boys. The sausage is sliced lengthwise into strips and caramelized on the griddle.


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