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Coquette dinner series


  Coquette (2800 Magazine St., 504-265-0421; launches a series of dinners June 25, with an unconventional but appetizing combination: fried chicken and Champagne.

  This is an upgrade from a fried chicken and beer dinner chef/owner Michael Stoltzfus hosted at Coquette last year, and it will feature not just fried chicken but also the chef's smoked fried chicken.

  "We have this huge smoker for our Hogs for the Cause team and we've been putting it to more use," he says. Hogs for the Cause is an annual cook-off and benefit.

  The dinner series will continue on the last Tuesday of each month. Stoltzfus says the July dinner will be a boucherie, with his staff preparing meat from a whole pig in many different ways. He says future editions may feature guest chefs from other restaurants and possibly from other cities.

  This month's fried chicken and Champagne dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with punch and hors d'oeuvres before moving on to the main event — two versions of fried chicken, a variety of Champagnes, Southern-style sides and Southern-inspired desserts paired with Champagne cocktails. Service and seating are family-style. Tickets for the all-inclusive dinner cost $80, and must be purchased in advance through the restaurant.

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