Have you ever wanted to know how to make the best tortilla? Tonight Chef Will Alevar will reveal his family tradition. You’ve probably eaten his family’s tortillas at several restaurants around town, but now is your chance to learn how to create them in your own home. Alevar, who owns and operates Mawi Tortilleria with his dad, is bringing his passion for fresh tortillas to The Kitchen in the Garden at the New Orleans Botanical Garden (5 Victory Ave.). In this hands-on demonstration, you will learn how to make the dough, form the tortillas and cook them to perfection, as well as go home with a few of Alevar’s favorite recipes for taco fillings. Yum. Tickets are $40 and the event begins at 6 p.m. Visit this link for tickets.

Parkway Bakery and Tavern is taking over Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St.) on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parkway Bakery and Tavern will serve its world-famous Thanksgiving poor boys. Port Orleans Brewing will serve its limited release #IDidItForTheTurkey Friendsgiving Saison holiday beer. All ticket proceeds from the event, as well as $1 per pint of beer, will go to the Al Copeland Foundation and support its fight to save lives and end cancer.  That Thanksgiving poor boy is a mighty fine sandwich so you will surely find me there. Check it out here for more information.

Bywater American Bistro (in the Rice Mill Lofts at 2900 Chartres St.,  605-3827, bywateramericanbistro.com) recently launched a  Prix Fix Brunch (One appetizer, one entrée and one side for only $29) available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The entire table must select the prix fix menu to receive the special offering.  Appetizer selections include breakfast corndogs with cane syrup; smoked tuna toast with Calabrian cream cheese and everything spice; and chicken liver parfait with fresh berries and rye granola. Brunch dishes feature hot sausage & cheese sandwich; French toast with rum caramel, banana, and pecan; and Lamb Neck Sandwich with cucumber yogurt, arugula and a pecan pepper sauce. Savory Sides include pork sausage; bacon; Rosti potatoes; grits and baked beans. Unlimited mimosas are also available for $20. 

The holiday stress is ramping up. Take a break and duck into Sofia (516 Julia St, 322-3216, sofianola.com ) for Happy Hour every Tuesday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy refreshing spritzes and Vodka Matteo Mules for $7, Peroni on draft for $4 and glasses of wine (red, white, and sparkling) for $6. Small plates range from $ 5-7 each and include meatballs, garlic bread, insalata, Margherita pizza, rosemary potatoes w/ chili aioli, and olives.


Have a great weekend, everyone. Use it to celebrate the people and the community you love.