Cajun and Classical at the Farmers Market

Chef Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; will prepare the ÒGreen Plate SpecialÓ lunches each Tuesday during March at the Crescent City Farmers Market (200 Broadway St., 861-5898; The market features a different chef or restaurant each month for these lunches, and some of the dishes Stryjewski will prepare include fried bologna and Òyard eggÓ salad sandwich, a ploughmanÕs plate with headcheese, stuffed crabs, steamed boudin and red velvet cupcakes. The Tuesday market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also in March, the Saturday edition of the market (700 Magazine St.) features the Capital One Classical Music Series with the Harry Hardin String Quartet playing on March 10 and the Vespa-sponsored jazz series with Carl Mack on March 17. The Saturday market is from 8 a.m. to noon.

"Mr. John" Santopadre, R.I.P.

The local real estate developer and restaurant owner John Vincent Santopadre died Feb. 16 at the age of 79. He was the ÒMr. JohnÓ of Mr. JohnÕs Ristorante (2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697;, which he opened in the lobby of the Avenue Plaza Hotel, an Uptown property in which he had been a part owner. He also owned CafŽ Gumbolaya (1000 N. Peters St., 523-7418) and the Desire Oyster Bar & Grill (500 St. Peter St., 522-2999). He was the original owner of CafŽ Giovanni (117 Decatur St., 529-2154;, which he later sold to its chef, Duke Locicero. He also helped his son, the late John Vincent Santopadre Jr. , start SmilieÕs Restaurant (5725 Jefferson Hwy., 733-3000; A native of New Orleans, SantopadreÕs first job was with his familyÕs shoe repair business. He later went into real estate and was an active developer until his death.

Oriel Tasting and Wine Dinner

Cork & Bottle Wines (3700 Orleans Ave., 281-4384; proprietor Jon Smith is a big fan of Oriel Wines (, a New York-based company that markets a series of wines made exclusively for the Oriel label by wine producers around the world. On Friday, March 16, Cork & Bottle will host a tasting of some of these Oriel wines at its store in Mid-CityÕs American Can Building. Following the tasting, Smith and Oriel director Kelly Ford will host a wine dinner at RalphÕs on the Park (900 City Park Ave., 4818-1000; featuring some of the rare and reserve wines from OrielÕs portfolio. Chef Gus Martin at RalphÕs will serve a menu paired with the wines. The wine tasting is free and begins at 5 p.m. The dinner follows and is $70 per person for four courses with six wines. Call Cork & Bottle for reservations. Ñ McNulty

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