Through the Grapevine
Elain Honig, wine maker at Napa Valley's Honig Winery, is slated to guest host a wine dinner beginning at 7 p.m. this Wednesday at RioMar (800 S. Peters St., 525-3474). Chef Adolfo Garcia will match different Honig wines with tropical food preparations, such as sea scallops with yucca cake and passion fruit butter, and duck breast with mushrooms and boniato hash. The cost is $65 per person, all-inclusive. Reservations required.
Tune into WYES-TV/Channel 12 at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, or 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, for a three-hour program titled Local Lunch Favorites. Host Chef Kevin Belton of the New Orleans School of Cooking will showcase lunch dishes, and their respective chefs, from area restaurants such as Zea Rotisserie & Brewery, Kosher Cajun Deli & Grocery, Laurentino's and Sun Ray Grill. Viewers may choose to order a companion cookbook; instructions on how to do so will air with the show.
Covington gained a new hotspot for food and drink earlier this month when Bijoux Bistro and the Blu Bar (1011 Village Walk Shopping Center, Covington, 985-875-3111) debuted with a charity event to benefit Hospice of St. Tammany. Now open for regular business from 11 a.m. to roughly 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the dual venue offers the French-Creole cooking of Chef Peter Kusiw, as well as specialty martinis and a substantial by-the-glass wine selection.
Gimme a Break
At Lulu's in the Garden (2203 St. Charles Ave., 586-9956), Corbin Evans is extending his restaurant industry peers a break on Sunday evenings with $5 wines by the glass and a 10-percent discount off entrees. Everyone may benefit from the drink specials and complimentary antipasto platters offered during happy hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday.
King Cake Kingdom
If the current proliferation of king cakes about town isn't convenient enough, consider phoning up the Big Easy Bakery or New Orleans Specialty Cakes for a special delivery. The former is a new LLC, a female/minority-owned business, whose strongest selling point this season is its sugar-free king cake. Visit www.bigeasybakery.com for details and mail orders, or call 669-1594 for local delivery. Steve Himelfarb (many people know him as the "Cake Man," though he wishes they didn't) runs the latter business. If you catch Himelfarb on his rounds, he'll sell you a single slice of king cake, as well as whatever other cake slices he's carrying that day. To order a whole cake -- king or otherwise -- call 770-0616; visit www.nolacakes.com for more information.