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Organic Growth
The nonprofit New Orleans Food Cooperative (www.nolafoodcoop.org) is looking for real estate to open a store for organic food and other healthy products. In December, the group was close to an agreement to open in a Faubourg Marigny storefront, but that deal fell through. Now, the group hopes to find a location in the area bounded by Canal Street and Press Street and between North Broad Street and the Mississippi River — an area the group's leaders say is underserved by grocery stores. The food co-op is looking for a storefront with between 1,000 and 3,000 square feet of space with commercial zoning that is accessible by delivery trucks. The goal is to open this first store as soon as possible and possibly open additional stores in other areas of the city. In addition to a distribution point for organic foods, the store is also seen as a tool to build co-op membership, which in turn helps the group expand its outreach efforts to educate and assist people who don't have access to healthy, affordable food alternatives. Founding memberships are $100 per person, and members have a voice in the co-op's development plans. The food co-op now operates a buying club that allows people to place monthly orders for everything from canned goods, to bread to soap for a $12 annual fee. Contact the group at info@nolafoodcoop.org.


Brunch at Antoine's
Restaurants that once seemed immune to change are trying new things post-Katrina — even the venerable Antoine's Restaurant (713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com). This month, the 165-year-old Creole grande dame introduced its first Sunday brunch. This Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch is billed as a limited engagement over three Sundays, with Feb. 26 planned as the final installment. Brunch is served in Antoine's downstairs Hermes and annex rooms, while private brunch parties can be booked in other dining rooms in the labyrinthine building.


Juan for the Road
It's still possible to catch a meal from Juan's Flying Burrito (4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950 and 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.com) in Mid-City, even though the Tex-Mex's badly flood-damaged restaurant in that neighborhood won't reopen until around Jazz Fest time. Since January, Juan's has been serving food at the monthly Mid-City Art Market (www.midcityartmarket.org), which was formerly held next to the Juan's South Carrollton Avenue location. Now the art market is held in the Botanical Gardens of City Park (www.neworleanscitypark.com) and from a tent kitchen there Juan's has been dishing up burritos, nachos and margaritas. The next art market day is Sunday, March 5, which coincides with the planned reopening weekend of the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org) in the park.

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