As the victor of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson is memorialized around the city in monuments and place names. This week, his ill-fated opponent, British general Edward Pakenham, will be remembered in a different way — at a wine dinner with a historic theme.
On Thursday, the Hotel Mazarin (730 Bienville St., 504-581-7300; www.-hotelmazarin.com) will host "Pakenham's Last Supper" at Louis XVI, the former restaurant inside the French Quarter hotel that is now used as an events venue. Long-time Louis XVI chef Agnes Bellet is preparing a five-course meal of wintry dishes intended to recreate a meal that would have been served at an official function in the early 19th century, from rabbit sausage to calas. The dinner will be served by candlelight.
The meal is part of an ongoing series of events marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and leading up to the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, which was fought at Chalmette Battefield in December 1814 and January 1815. Pakenham was killed during the battle, but he's scheduled to make an appearance at this wine dinner as one of several costumed historical re-enactors included in the program.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $129, and wine is included. For reservations call (504) 200-3113.