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Dining with a purpose

Several upcoming fundraisers benefit New Orleanians and good causes


   Dominique's on Magazine (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-9282; hosts its monthly Shaking It Up for a Good Cause event from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The craft cocktail-focused event benefits the Quan Tran Foundation. Tran was Dominique Macquet's chef de cuisine at (now closed) Tamarind and is recovering from stomach cancer. He has rejoined Macquet in the kitchen at Dominique's, and he will attend the event.

   The Shaking it Up event features guest mixologists Ann Tuennerman, founder of the annual craft cocktail festival Tales of the Cocktail, and Nick Detrich, managing partner of the craft cocktail lounge Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St.). They'll create cocktails with Bayou Rum, and all proceeds from the special drinks go to the foundation. Macquet will create appetizer specials for the event.

   From noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, the Taceaux Loceaux (@TLNOLA) food truck will set up in the parking lot of Dominique's for a mini-carnival to benefit the family of NOPD officer Rodney Thomas, who was killed July 7 by a hit-and-run driver.

  Macquet will cook in the truck, and there will be a selection of gourmet tacos for $5 each. The event also features beer from NOLA Brewing, cotton candy, face-painting and family-friendly games. All proceeds benefit the Thomas family.

   On Oct. 1, Tableau (616 St. Peter St., 504-934-3463; hosts an evening with Mark Plotkin, who will discuss links between rainforests and staple ingredients in Creole cooking. Proceeds benefit the Amazon Conservation Team.

  A New Orleans native and graduate of the Isidore Newman School, Plotkin is an ethnobotanist and advocate for preservation of rainforests. In 1995, Plotkin cofounded the Amazon Conservation Team, which works with indigenous people to protect the Amazon rainforests.

  The evening includes cocktails in the courtyard at 6 p.m., remarks by Plotkin in Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre at 7 p.m. and dinner in the Wine Room at Tableau at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended. — WILL COVIELLO

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