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Oct 12, 201710:35 AM
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Events Around Town

Today there are three events of which you should be aware, and another two this weekend.

Coquette holds a fried chicken and Champagne dinner once a year, and it’s going on tonight, starting at 6:30. The tickets, which you can purchase online here, go for $100, which gets you as much fried chicken, Champagne and other sparkling wines served family style as you care to eat. Doesn’t “all you care to eat” sound better than “all you can eat” or “until you feel sick and regret how much you ate?” I think so. That $100 includes tax and gratuity, by the way.

The kids at Coquette are awesome, and it’s one of my favorite restaurants anywhere so I’m biased, but I sincerely wish I could attend this particular shindig. One day…

Another excellent restaurant, Sac-A-Lait, is hosting a five-course menu wherein each dish will be paired with bourbon-based cocktails to benefit people who’ve suffered from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As is the case with the Coquette event, things kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150, inclusive, and you can find out more by calling 324-3658.

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but another restaurant I like quite a bit, Borgne, is also having an event tonight. In this case it’s a tasting menu celebrating the food of the Canary Islands. Borgne’s chef, Brian Landry, spent some time there, (or so I’ve read on Borgne’s Facebook page) but there also a lot of folks in the area whose ancestors are Isleños, and it should be fascinating to see the connection between our native foods. This is the second such dinner Borgne has hosted, and tickets are $70, inclusive of wine, and you can send an email to ahess@borgnerestaurant.com to see if there’s still space available.

Deutches Haus is, of course, having more fun than a barrel full of monkeys with Octoberfest (Okboterfest) and that’s super. Personally, I’d rather head to Bratz Y’all, which is actually German, but I’m not the boss of you. Having spoken with Sven Vorkauf, who runs Bratz Y’all, I know there’s a lot going on at the Bywater Beer Garden (Garten) during October, and I know the food, beer, wine and schnapps are excellent as well.

Finally, and not least, my pals Will and Ashley are celebrating their pig Hank’s first birthday at Port Orleans brewery. You read that correctly. The event is on Oct. 13, and things kick off at 6 p.m. Kids and well-behaved animals are welcome (NO WOLVES) and in addition to the excellent beer and food available, you may also purchase Hank “merch” including t-shirts, autographed pictures, and stickers.

The event is in benefit of the LSPCA, who will be on site to accept donations. Hank is a small and pleasant pig, and I believe my family and I will be at this event. Hope to see you there, and that you can distinguish between me and Hank. (I’ll be the one wearing pants, probably.)



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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived in New Orleans his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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