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Mandina's Expanding on Northshore

The Mid-City landmark Mandina's Restaurant plans to open its second expansion site, this time in Mandeville. Manager Gary Robinson hopes to open in mid-October in the Azalea Square Shopping Center (4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, restaurant phone: 985-674-9883) in a space formerly used as a club called the Retro. Robinson, who worked at Mandina's in the 1970s, says the new restaurant will serve the same Mandina's menu of casual Creole/Italian dishes. Mandina's opened a location in Baton Rouge in February. The Mandina family is still working on the reconstruction of their original restaurant on Canal Street, which first opened in 1932, and hopes to reopen before the end of the year.

Cheese in 13 Courses

The Delachaise (3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com) is featuring a 13-course "chef's table cheese tasting menu" featuring artisanal cheeses paired with other foods Oct. 7, 8 and 9. The package deal includes seven pours of your choice of wine, beer or liquor with the meal for $100 per person, plus tax and tip. To make a reservation, send an email to chef Chris DeBarr at chris@thedelachaise.com.

Nouveau Riche

Celebrity chef Todd English has brought his first French brasserie-style restaurant Riche (228 Poydras St., 522-0787; www.harrahs.com) to New Orleans in the Harrah's Hotel, both of which opened Sept. 18. English, a prominent television personality and cookbook author, owns 17 restaurants around the country, plus one aboard the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner. The Riche kitchen is led day to day by chef Christopher Baulo, who was a sous chef at English's restaurant Olives in Las Vegas. While Riche's menu reads like a list of classic French fare, the preparations are offbeat. Most entrees are priced in the mid-$20 range. Riche is open for breakfast daily, dinner daily, lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends.

Corks to Fly Under Oaks at Houmas House

Latil's Landing Restaurant at Houmas House Plantation (40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow; 891-9494; www.houmashouse.com) will host a five-course dinner paired with five Veuve Clicquot champagnes on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The restaurant is housed in the oldest portion of the plantation, and in 2005 was named one of the nation's top 20 new restaurants by Esquire Magazine. Weather permitting, the champagne dinner will be held outside under the oak canopy leading from the plantation to River Road. The menu includes a "tower" of lump crabmeat with mango-avocado salsa and caviar, a curried pumpkin and crawfish bisque, roasted sea bass, seared veal steak with blue cheese and crabmeat and pear Wellington for dessert. The meal begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and costs $100 per person. For reservations, call (225) 463-7841.

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