Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (Dec. 5-11, 2017)

Alex Harrell, SoBou and Le'Ordre de Bon Temps
Dec 9Celebrity Chef Dinner Series: Alex Harrell6:30 p.m. SaturdayGoldring Center for Culinary Medicine, 300 N. Broad St., Suite 102, (504) 988-9108www.culinarymedicine.orgAngeline chef/owner Alex Harrell prepares a dinner with wine pairings at the fundraiser for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.

Chris Champagne reveals Secret New Orleans

Book details Gram Parson’s grave, Cosimo Matassa’s studio and many local relics and oddities
There are many guidebooks and tours focusing on New Orleans history. Poet and comedian Chris Champagne recently released his guide to the city's lesser-known landmarks, Secret New Orleans (Jonglez Publishing), and it focuses on the city's historical relics and oddities.

Theater and film events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2017)

Miss Bennett and Stop Making Sense
Miss Bennet: Christmas at PemberleyWed.-Sun. Nov. 29-Dec. 23 | Southern Rep presents Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon's comic sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, set during the holidays two years after the marriage of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, as bookish Mary Bennet takes center stage.

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2017)

Pizza & Pies, Liz Thorpe, and Sip & Shop
NOVEMBER 29Pizza & Pies6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. WednesdayParadigm Gardens, 1131 S. Rampart St., (504) 344-9474www.paradigmgardensnola.comThe menu includes pizza and bruschetta from chefs from Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria, dishes from chefs from Turning Point and La Petite Grocery, and food from Windowsill Pies and The Pupusa Lady.

Let it snow: Beignet Fest comes to City Park Dec. 2

Sweet and savory beignets, music and more
Beignet Fest features traditional as well as creative sweet and savory beignets. Ruby Slipper Cafe offers smoked pork debris with beignets and a bananas Foster version.

Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival returns Dec. 1-3

Carnival rides, music and plenty of citrus at Fort Jackson
For 70 years, the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival has celebrated the parish's citrus industry. The festival features carnival rides, helicopter rides, live music, games and contests for orange peeling, pie eating, oyster shucking, shrimp peeling and more.

Preview: Celebration in the Oaks

Celebration in the Oaks features light displays in 25 acres of New Orleans City Park, including Storyland, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, New Orleans Botanical Gardens and along the two-mile train ride circling the park's lagoon near City Park Avenue. Displays feature Mr. Bingle, Louisiana and holiday themes, dinosaurs, mythical creatures and more.

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 21-27, 2017)

Nov. 21-22Hoppy Thanksgiving10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-WednesdayAudubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., (504) 861-2537www.audubonnatureinstitute.orgThe insectarium's Bug Appetit cafe offers buggy takes on Thanksgiving favorites, such as mealworm muffins, waxworm cranberry sauce and cricket pumpkin pie, as well as six-legged salsa and "chocolate chirp" cookies.

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 14-20, 2017)

Propeller Pop, Beaujolais and a Brazilian bash
Nov. 16Propeller Pop6 p.m.-9 p.m. ThursdayPropeller, 4035 Washington Ave., (504) 322-3282www.gopropeller.orgThe event features food from chefs and pop-ups including La Monita, Midnight Noodle, Gonzo's Smokehouse & BBQ, Hole Mole, TooPops and others.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival returns Nov. 18-19

There’s gumbo and brass bands at the free festival in Armstrong Park
The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival features many styles of gumbo and a lineup of brass bands including Rebirth (pictured), Hot 8, TBC, Treme, Pinettes and others. Tuba Skinny, Trumpet Mafia and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble also perform.

New Orleans Book Festival is Nov. 11

Jesmyn Ward and others read at festival in New Orleans City Park
Jesmyn Ward (pictured), author of Sing, Unburied, Sing and winner of the 2011 National Book Award for fiction, is among writers reading or talking on panels at the New Orleans Book Festival. There also are many children's book authors, as well as historians, mystery writers and others.

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 7-13, 2017)

Nov. 9Exceptional Oregon Tasting6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. ThursdayMartin Wine Cellar, 714 Elmeer St., Metairie, (504) 896-7300www.martinwinecellar.comElton Vineyards founder Betty O'Brien and Colleen Glennon of Lemelson Vineyards lead a tasting of wines from two Oregon wineries.


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