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Will Coviello on the Big Easy Foundation's annual wine fundraiser

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Reds, Whites and the Blues features wine tastings, food from local restaurants and Latin music by Mas Mamones. The annual event benefits Gambit's Foundation for Entertainment and Education Development, which runs the Big Easy Awards and Tribute to the Classical Arts and provides annual grants to local arts and education groups. Wine distributors will pour more than 200 wines, and there will be some spirits tastings. Participating restaurants include Restaurant R'evolution, Gabrielle at the Uptowner, Ralph's on the Park, Apolline, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Ristorante da Piero, Jezz's Kitchen at Dorignac's, Manning's, Meals from the Heart, Dijon, Red Gravy and Banana Blossom. Mas Mamones plays Latin jazz focusing on Caribbean rhythms. Recipients of 2012 Big Easy Foundation grants include Crescent City Lights Youth Theatre/Stage to Stage, Silence is Violence Music Clinic programs, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Goat in the Road Productions, Mudlark Puppeteers, New Noise and other groups. VIP tickets include early admission, seating in the VIP lounge and a VIP bar. Tickets $60 in advance, $70 at the door, $100 VIP admission. — WILL COVIELLO

Oct 18

Reds, Whites and the Blues

6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday

Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden

City Park

483-3129;

www.bestofneworleans.com

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