Dinner with Degas
6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Degas House, 2306 Esplanade Ave., (504) 821-5009
Degas House hosts a dinner featuring chef Jacob Cureton's interpretations of recipes in Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cookbook (1885) and absinthe cocktails by Paige Torres. Diners may bring their own wine. Tickets $78.
Old New Orleans Rum dinner
7 p.m. Wednesday
Basin Seafood & Spirits, 3222 Magazine St., (504) 302-7391
The four-course meal features cocktails made with Old New Orleans Rum and dishes such as seared scallops with New Orleans Crystal rum and mango salsa and grilled duck breast with Japanese yam puree and New Orleans Amber rum reduction. Tickets $60.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Lafayette Square, 540 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-6100
Music headliners include Los Lobos and Ana Popovic, and there's regional and international styles of barbecue, including pulled pork and brisket dishes, smoked ribs, jerked chicken and pork, cochon de lait and more. Vegetarian dishes also are available. Admission free.