A Sharing Table
Table One Brasserie (2800 Magazine St., 872-9035; www.table1restaurant.com) continues its monthly Dine Out for Charity fundraising campaign on Wednesday, Dec. 20, pledging to donate 20 percent of the dayÕs profits to the ChildrenÕs Hospital. Table One created the program this fall and past beneficiaries have included the New Orleans Police DepartmentÕs Police and Justice Foundation and the New Orleans Fire Department. In addition, every customer who brings an unwrapped childrenÕs gift to the restaurant on Wednesday will receive a free glass of wine. Visit the restaurantÕs Web site for gift guidelines.
Dining by the Oaks
Visitors to Celebration in the Oaks (www.celebrationintheoaks.com) can sup on offerings from City Park Catering, like hamburgers and jambalaya. Just outside the gates of the annual holiday event, the restaurant RalphÕs on the Park (900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com) has noshing of a different sort available. Taking a nod from a similar special run this summer at Bacco (310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.com), its sister restaurant, RalphÕs is serving a choice of any three appetizers and a glass of wine for $25. The special can be had at the bar or in the main dining room Tuesday to Sunday during dinner hours, and the restaurantÕs full menu is available as well.
Andrea's, Do-It-Yourself Style
Andrea Apuzzo, chef and owner of AndreaÕs Restaurant (3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com), has published a new cookbook, My Home is Your Home. The book features 125 Italian recipes, both farmhouse rustic and restaurant refined. His latest book was co-written by John DeMers, a local writer whose earlier cookbooks focus on New Orleans food and cocktails and Caribbean recipes, and features photography by Kerri McCaffety, whose own books have covered New Orleans dining traditions. ApuzzoÕs earlier cookbooks are La Cucina di AndreaÕs, published in 1989, and AndreaÕs Light, published in 1994.
Doubling Down on the Gulf
Celebrity chef Todd English (www.toddenglish.com) opened the sixth edition of his Olives chain of Mediterranean restaurants on the Gulf Coast at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (www.beaurivage.com). Other new restaurants to open at the renovated Gulfport, Miss., casino are a steakhouse called BR Prime and an Asian restaurant called Jia. English, a prominent television personality and cookbook author, owns 18 restaurants around the country, plus one aboard the Queen Mary II ocean liner. In September, English opened another new restaurant, called Riche (228 Poydras St., 522-0787; www.harrahs.com), in the new HarrahÕs Hotel. Fellow celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse (www.emerils.com) announced his own plans to open a new casino-based restaurant in Gulfport called EmerilÕs New Orleans Fish House. It is expected to open this summer in the Island View Casino (www.islandviewcasino.com). Ñ McNulty