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Ballin's (721 Dante St., 866-4367) will host a trunk show during store hours on Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9, to showcase the luxurious line of couture knits and accessories from Füsun, fashions that embody the multicultural heritage of Istanbul.

Executive Chef Chris Montero is offering a five-course lobster and champagne menu every night at Bacco (310 Chartres St., 522-2426; through Sept. 10. Each course will be paired with a different wine. The five-course menu costs $85 ($65 without wine) and is offered every night. Free validated parking is available at Solaris Garage and Vieux Carre Parking.

Carmen Nance Sanders has opened a new Carmen's gallery in New Orleans at 842 Royal St., 525-7455; Sanders, who also has a Carmen's Gallery on Solomons Island in Maryland, offers original works by artists such as John Beard, Jo Barry, Stephen Harlan and many others as well as crafts and conservation-quality framing services.

Dillard's has reopened at Oakwood Shopping Center (197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 362-4800) last week and was completely renovated following a fire and damage received following Hurricane Katrina. To celebrate its facelift and reopening, the store will offer customers gifts with their purchases as well as chances to win gift baskets, designer wardrobes and other prizes.

Dunbar's Creole Cooking, which closed its Freret Street location because of hurricane damage, has reopened at Loyola University's Broadway Activities Center (501 Pine St., 861-5451). The beloved eatery will serve take-out breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday (the weekend day is open on a trial basis to determine demand). Menu items include breakfast specials, gumbo, red beans and rice, po-boys, fried chicken and more.

Hopper's Wines & Spirits (170 Broadway St., Suite 145, 861-7500) is offering 15 percent off twelve different pasta shapes of Rustichella d'Abruzzo pasta, which is made with stone-ground durum flower from hard winter wheat and pure spring water. The store also is introducing new food lines that include penja white peppercorns from Cameroon, curepipe pink peppercorns from Mauritius and Szechuan pepper berry from China Ñ all by Terre Exotique Ñ pink salt from the Himalayas, Pincipato di Lucedo risotto, lavender honey from Provence and caramels au beurre from France.


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