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Dishing on Books

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 569-0405; is starting a book club called Dish to read and discuss culinary topics and literature. It will convene for the first time on Jan. 17, 2009, to talk about The Physiology of Taste, a book of recipes, reflections, history and philosophy by French gastronome Jean-Anthleme Brillat-Savarin, the 19th-century author who famously said "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are." Dish will meet in the museum at noon on the third Saturday of each month, and participants are encouraged to bring food. Future selections include The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan in February and The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee in March. Meetings are free for museum members, nonmembers pay the normal $10 museum admission. For more information, email project coordinator Chris Smith at

Savvy Java

Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 895-2665; recently welcomed a coffee shop to its array of goods and services, including an upscale kitchen store, caterer, wine retailer and event space. Rory and Paul Midura opened Lost Sheep Coffee ( under Savvy's roof, serving coffee drinks and selling whole bean, fair-trade coffee by the pound. Lost Sheep Coffee is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cupcake Conversion

Zoey Devall was vice president of external affairs for the local economic development group GNO Inc. before she decided to engage a little of her own local economic development. She opened Bee Sweet Cupcakes (5706 Magazine St., 891-8333;, a tiny, cupcake-size bakery where she sells cakes with such memorable names as the "I Love Lucy," made with red velvet cake, and the "Chubby Elvis," which is banana cake with peanut butter icing. The business plan grew out of a weekly mother-and-child bake night Devall instituted at home with her young son a year ago. The shop features more than a dozen varieties of cupcakes baked daily. — McNulty

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