Lunch is on at Donna's
Many a jazz appreciator has stayed out later than planned on a Monday night in order to partake in the spread of barbecue and red beans laid out during the set break at DonnaÕs Bar & Grill (800 N. Rampart St., 596-6914; www.donnasbarandgrill.com ) during its weekly jazz jam. Some of the same food is available any weekday now that DonnaÕs has begun serving lunch. The short menu includes red beans and rice, chicken and sausage jambalaya, barbecue ribs with coleslaw and beans, bread pudding and a daily special, with everything priced between $6 and $8. As usual, the Monday night jazz show features a complimentary barbecue buffet at the set break. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the club is open for music Friday through Monday nights.
On the Corner
Beauregard Deli (2000 Esplanade Ave., 304-8594) opened over the summer in an old building at the corner of N. Johnson Street, transforming a nondescript convenience store into a worthy stop for egg sandwiches, burgers and po-boys. The difference between this place and any number of quick-serve joints is that much of the food is prepared in-house, like the freshly ground patties for the Beauregard burgers, the dark brown gravy for the pulled pork, and the roast beef cooked with garlic and rosemary. The deli makes a pressed Cuban sandwich, a vegetarian sandwich with avocado, cucumbers and sprouts on whole wheat bread and a potato frittata breakfast po-boy, among other choices. The deli also serves hot and iced coffee and has a small selection of pantry staples. It is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Chefs and Wine at Savvy
The Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 895-2665; www.savvygourmet.com) is hosting a series of classes led by chefs from some prominent New Orleans restaurants. Preparing dishes from their menus will be Stephen Stryjewski, chef and co-owner with Donald Link at Cochon, on Nov. 13. Susan Spicer, chef at Bayona, will take the helm on Nov. 27 and chef Bob Iacovone of Cuvee will lead the class on Dec. 11. The classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and cost $45 per person. The Savvy Gourmet also has teamed up with Cork & Bottle (3700 Orleans Ave., 281-4384; www.corknola.com), the Mid-City wine shop, to help launch its own retail wine section and a wine education series. The two businesses co-host wine tastings at the Savvy Gourmet on Wednesday nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and wine classes on Thursdays. The theme of the next class, on Oct. 26, is ÒFlavor Sensations of Wine Ñ The Nose Knows!Ó Contact the Savvy Gourmet for registration information. Ñ McNulty