I am devastated by the recent loss of My Happy Girl, a beautiful, wise Shepherd mix who adopted my family on June 21,2005, when she was a young adult dog. Happy was the Alpha and the eldest in our pack of four, now elderly, female dogs. We were very close and her passing leaves a crater in my heart. This pain is well worth the many years of great joy and comfort  I shared with her (among her many accomplishments Happy served from atop her own regal float as the 2006 Grand Duchess of the Mystic Krewe of Barkus). In honor of my sweet queen, I suggest to you if you are lonely or simply have love to spare and share, consider attending the LASPCA’s (1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., 368-5191, la-spca.org) “Clear the Shelter” event from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday. All adoption fees will be $10, excluding puppies.

With your grateful new best friend in tow raise a glass at the Bulldog (3236 Magazine St, 891-1516, bulldog.draftfreak.com) or share a fine meal at Herbsaint (701 St Charles Ave, 524.4114, herbsaint.com). Both are dog friendly.

For more places where dogs are welcome visit bringfido.com.

This weekend also brings the NOLA International Foodie Fest at Deja Vieux Food Park (1681 Religious St.) on Saturday from noon-9 p.m. The festival will offer International favors from local food trucks, restaurants and chef-driven pop ups. In addition to tasty grub the event will feature live entertainment, specialty drinks and unique products. Admission is $5 until Saturday via Evenbrite, $10 at the gate the day of event, and $150 for VIP perks with all food and drink costs included.

On Sunday Emeril’s Restaurants will continue its summer dinner series “An August Occasion,” at Emeril’s Delmonico (1300 St. Charles Ave.). Guests will dine on creations from each of the New Orleans-based Chef de Cuisines: Chef Anthony Scanio of Emeril’s Delmonico, Chef Douglas Braselman of Emeril’s New Orleans, Chef Philip Buccieri of NOLA Restaurant, Chef Darren Chabert of Meril and Pastry Chef Christina Gross of Emeril’s Delmonico.

The dinner will feature a five-course degustation menu, with each course directly inspired by the original Emeril’s Delmonico menu.The dinner will start off with a Seafood Trio by Chef Braselman, with tastings of shrimp remoulade, oyster en Brochette and crawfish Voul Au Vent. Next, Chef Chabert will serve Gulf Snapper en Papillote with a Bouquetiere of market vegetables, jumbo lump crabmeat and chive butter. Chef Buccieri will follow that up with Roast Duck “Bigarade” with Citrus Glaze, ham hock smothered collard greens and duck cracklings for the third course, followed by a dry aged New York strip rossini with sea salt cured foie gras, petit gratin Dauphinoise, black truffle and Madeira sauce by Chef Scanio. Pastry Chef Christina Gross will close out the evening with Café Brulot Crème Caramel alongside traditional bananas Foster, prepared table side. Accompanying each dish will be exquisite wines from Emeril’s cellar collection, paired by Emeril’s Delmonico Sommelier A.J. McAlear. Guests will enjoy notable varietals such as 2016 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Alain Chavy, 2016 Crozes Hermitage, E. Guigal and a 2009 Pessac-Leognan Chateau Olivier. The evening will begin with cocktails are 6:30. The cost is $200 per person.

To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.  For more information visit emerilsrestaurants.com.


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


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