Rebellion Urban Kitchen & Bar's chef Chris DeBarr and author Suzanne Hoffman are teaming up Oct. 25 for an evening of wine and food from Italy's Piedmont region.
Hoffman is a New Orleans native who attended Tulane University and fell in love with the wines of Piedmont while living in Zurich, Switzerland. Her book Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte recounts the histories of women in 22 winemaking families.
"What I think is so striking about the stories is that they show the role of women not just in winemaking but in all areas of the (business)," Hoffman says. "Over the centuries, the women were always there ... but it wasn't until the 1980s that women stepped into ownership."
The book-signing event at Rebellion Urban Kitchen & Bar (748 Camp St., 504-298-7317; www.nolarebellion.com) features tastings of 15 wines from the Piedmont region, including several DeBarr sourced from estates featured in Hoffman's book, including Punset, Cascina delle Rose, Marchesi di Barolo and Monchiero Cabrone. DeBarr's menu is inspired by traditional Piedmontese fare, including golden beet ravioli filled with truffled goat cheese and a Louisiana risotto made with pumpkin, boudin and red beans.
DeBarr has cooked at Commander's Palace, Serendipity and Green Goddess. He took over the kitchen at Rebellion in June after a three-year absence from New Orleans.
The dinner is 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $50.