There's enough food stuff happening at the Words & Music Literary Feast in New Orleans to warrant a mention in this column. The five-day event, celebrating William Faulkner's birthday and running Sept. 20-25, includes daily "Literature & Lunch" seminars at local restaurants. For example, Roy Blount Jr. and friends will discuss Southern humor at Arnaud's on Friday. (See feature, p. XX.) In addition, local and international food celebrities will hold panel discussions on how the Southern addiction to sugar is reflected in the languages of everyday life, literature, and music; another panel will explore how some of the best words and phrases from the South arise from culinary traditions. For oodles more information on the entire week, visit www.wordsandmusic.org or call 586-1609, or 529-3450.
Vicky Meets Gerard
After a summer of staff changes and scandals at her Northshore restaurant, Vicky Bayley is moving onto what promises to be a long-term partnership with Chef Gerard Maras. With an anticipated opening date of Wednesday, Sept. 19, Maras is taking over the chefly duties at Artesia (21516 Hwy. 36, Abita Springs, 892-1662), while continuing to oversee the kitchen at his restaurant, Gerard's Downtown (500 St. Charles Ave., 592-0200). Both Maras and Bayley will divide duties between the two venues. Contemporary French cuisine is the strategy for Artesia's new menu, involving many of the same farm-fresh products currently found at Gerard's. Artesia will be open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, as well as Sunday brunch.
Genghis Kahn's Expedition
After 26 years in Mid-City, Genghis Kahn moved to the Baronne Plaza Hotel (201 Baronne St., 299-9009) last week. While the restaurant's Korean menu and nightly musical entertainment remain the same, Chef-owner Henry Lee has added a separate sushi bar within the hotel to his repertoire. "I have been waiting for this moment my entire lifetime," says Lee of the move downtown. Genghis Kahn is open for lunch and dinner daily. Free valet parking available.
Look for the Fairmont Hotel's Chef Odran Campbell at the Tuesday, Sept. 18 Crescent City Farmer's Market. On the following Saturday, in conjunction with the Words & Music festival, Chef Ken Smith of Upperline Restaurant (1413 Upperline St., 891-9822) will join forces with special guest John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the University of Mississippi at Oxford. The Tuesday market, located at 200 Broadway St., runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Saturday market, located at 700 Magazine St., runs from 8 a.m. to noon. For more market info, call 861-5898 or visit www.loyola.edu/ccfm. -- Roahen