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New Mood for Indigo

After putting new restaurant Indigo (2285 Bayou Road 947-0123) on the map with a best new chef award from Food and Wine magazine, Chef Randy Lewis recently took leave of the restaurant. Lewis' replacement is his former Indigo sous-chef, Tad Duncan. Duncan, whose kitchen forays among others include a stint at Picholine in New York City, is transitioning into his new position and a new season with his own menu items. For example, duck breast poached in cane syrup is served with cornbread pudding, duck confit, spiced apples and foie gras sauce. Grilled octopus in a salad of shaved fennel, frisee and orange vinaigrette hint at Duncan's travels in Spain.

Cheap Beer

I just learned about a drink special that might coax me out of the house the next time I crave a Reginelli's pizza. On Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Elmwood (5608 Citrus Blvd., 818-0111) and Lakeview (874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133) locations, Abita Amber and Bud Lite pitchers go for just $2. (Reginelli's Uptown location doesn't serve alcohol.) While you're on the prowl for suds, check out recent pasta additions like manicotti caponata and spinach manicotti.

Chewing the Right Thing

Mark your calendar for a Cajun-themed environmental charity event scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Charley G's Seafood Grill (111 Veterans Memorial Blvd.). An impressive lineup of Acadiana chefs, like Layne Copell of Charley G's and Gabe Toups of Metro Bistro, will prepare some of the region's classic dishes: roasted cochon de lait, crawfish and eggplant casserole and rabbit sauce piquante, to name a few. Music, a raffle and a live auction also pack the evening's schedule. Funds from "A Culinary Tour of Acadiana" will go toward LaSalle Park, located on Airline Drive adjacent to Zephyr Stadium. Jefferson Beautification/Parkway Promenade officially adopted the park and already has planted hundreds of trees. Plans for an environmental education center are underway. Tickets are $75. Call 737-7583.

Market Watch

After a month-long break from cooking demonstrations due to August's steamy weather, chefs are back at the Crescent City Farmer's Market. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, see Nautical (7708 Maple St. 866-7504) Chef Josh Wood; stop by on Saturday, Sept. 8, for Chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins (808 Bienville St. 581-3467). The Tuesday market is at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Saturday market is at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. For more market info, call 861-5898 or visit -- Roahen

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