You may have noticed Gambit looks a little different this week. We've made a few changes for the New Year.
• Up front, we've introduced a page called "7 in Seven" (page 5), which breaks down seven of the most interesting things in town to do in the next week, and refers you back to our A&E and listings sections, where you can read more about them.
• Commentary and Blake Pontchartrain (which traditionally have run in the first few pages of Gambit) have both moved into our News & Views section, so all the opinions and columns are together in one place.
• Our shopping spotlight page, Shoptalk, has been renamed "What's in Store" and expanded with longer writeups and bolder photography.
• The cuisine section has been renamed Eat+Drink and has doubled in size. To further emphasize the importance of food in New Orleans, we've moved the section up in the paper. Now you'll find it just behind the news section and just ahead of arts and entertainment.
• Among the new features in Eat+Drink: the "3-Course Interview" (a Q&A with someone on the local restaurant scene) and "Off the Menu," a place for offbeat and just plain weird news items from the local and national food worlds. The food news section (renamed "Fork+Center") has been expanded, and we've kept all the familiar features: the weekly restaurant review by Ian McNulty, the "5 in Five" and Brenda Maitland's Wine of the Week.
• Reviews and previews in the listings sections have been given more prominence, along with bolder photography.
• We're pleased to announce the addition of Ken Korman to our contributing writers. He will review films and write about movies and DVDs for Gambit every week and on the Blog of New Orleans (www.blogofneworleans.com) several times a week.
There are a few more changes on the way in early 2012, and we'll be tweaking things as we go. Please let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. — Kevin Allman, editor