Pay What You Can Day
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday
1631 Cafe Reconcile, Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 568-1157
The cafe, which provides restaurant training to at-risk youth, holds a "Pay What You Can Day" in which guests pay whatever they wish for their lunch. Additional meals can be purchased for a minimum of $5. The day's menu includes fried catfish with baked macaroni and cheese and peas, smothered chicken with rice and collard greens, fried oyster salad with blue cheese and king cake bread pudding. Visitors can meet student staff.
Kirk and Sweeney rum tasting
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday
Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661
The restaurant hosts a tasting of Kirk and Sweeney rums in its rum-focused Black Duck Bar. Kirk and Sweeney is based in the Dominican Republic and makes rum from sugar cane. The tasting features rums aged 12, 18 and 23 years. Free admission.
El Paso anniversary party
Noon-10 p.m. Wednesday
El Paso Mexican Grill, 601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 218-4590
The Tex-Mex restaurant's Metairie location celebrates its first anniversary. Mariachi Jalisco performs from noon to 3 p.m. and The Quarter Notes perform from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are wine and Patron tequila tastings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jose Cuervo tastings at 6 p.m., and Modelo beer samples from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will receive a complimentary house margarita with the purchase of an entree.