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Aman and Eve's

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, the owners of Eve's Market (4601 Freret St., 891-4015) will cut the official ribbon at their new, "more functional" (in the words of co-owner Linda Van Aman), location. Mayor Marc Morial is slated to join the festivities, which by no coincidence were planned alongside the launching of Freret Street's involvement in the federally-funded Main Street Grant Program. Offered through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the program aims to revitalize traditional commercial areas.

On Task

More than 55 restaurants are enrolled in the sixth annual Dining for Life fund-raiser, organized by the NO/AIDS Task Force. Dine at your favorite one this Thursday, July 19, and 25 percent of your meal's proceeds will go towards HIV and AIDS-related services provided in New Orleans. For a list of participating restaurants, see "The Local Dining Connection" booklet distributed at Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 896-7380; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350), or call the Task Force events line at 821-2601, ext. 250.

The Deal With Degas

The management at Café Degas (3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635) and Chef Stephen Hassinger want to see you so badly this summer that they've constructed an irresistible lunch deal. The ongoing, three-course special for $12 includes your choice from a variety of appetizers and entrees, plus a sorbet or creme brulee to finish. Available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Doctoring Your Food

Unless you're part of the medical community, the 200 block of LaSalle Street (alongside Tulane Hospital) might not register on your radar for a quick, fresh lunch. Too bad. Café Arabesque (211 LaSalle St., 524-6455), which replaced Apple A Day in May, has landed on its feet with a mostly Middle Eastern menu. Tabouleh, for one, has a nice garden kick of parsley and lemon. Falafel, fatoosh chicken salad, pressed sandwiches and Turkish coffee contribute to the regular offerings.

Sno Biz

Jim and Louise Conarty, the folks with the wild mushrooms and figs, opened the Crescent City Farmer's Market's only sno-ball stand last spring. Louise makes the blackberry, blueberry, strawberry and (my recent obsession) mayhaw syrups with fruit harvested from their land in Pumpkin Center. The $1 sno-balls will last until mid-September. This Tuesday's cooking demonstration is starring Zachary's owner Wayne Baquet; on Saturday, it's Dale Ambrose from the New Orleans Hilton. The Tuesday market is at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Saturday market, at 700 Magazine St., runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 861-5898, e-mail at or visit -- Roahen

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