Margaritas and Margherita
The former location of Santa Fe restaurant is now home to La Vita Del Forno (801 Frenchmen St., 944-6854), a casual restaurant serving pizza, pasta and Italian-style sandwiches. Del Forno is essentially an expansion of La Vita (3201Esplanade Ave., 948-0077; www.lavitapizza.com), which opened earlier this year in the former Gabrielle restaurant space in Mid-City, and it has much the same menu. Both eateries are run by Fatma Aydin, who has operated Mediterranean restaurants around town since she opened Mona Lisa Restaurant in 1985. She bought and reopened the popular Southwestern-style Santa Fe after Hurricane Katrina but closed it for good this spring. As La Vita Del Forno, the restaurant now features a wood-burning oven for its pizza and also the original Santa Fe margarita recipe. Del Forno is open for lunch and dinner daily.
Wining on Wednesdays
Two upscale restaurants recently started wine specials on Wednesdays. Restaurant Anatole (600 St. Charles Ave., 274-0105; www.anatoles.com) now hosts an early wine special on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month offering a flight of four wines for $12 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The next special is July 25. Every week, Table 1 Brasserie (2800 Magazine St., 872-9035; www.table1restaurant.com) will hold a Òhappy hourÓ that essentially extends through the entire dinner service. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, the restaurant offers $1 Ketel One vodka cocktails and $15 bottles of selected wines. Diners who visit this Wednesday can also put part of their tab to work for the National World War II Museum, which is the next recipient of Table 1Õs monthly Dine Out for Charity event. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of proceeds from that entire day to the museum.
For Butter or Worth
If youÕve ever wondered if grandmaÕs silver service might be more valuable than even her turtle soup recipe, a local event this weekend modeled after the PBS program Antiques Roadshow may give you some answers. On Saturday, July 28, the Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 895-2665; www.savvygourmet.com) and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (www.southernfood.org) host their own drop-in appraisal program for culinary items. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., appraisers from the local firm of Matthew Clayton Brown will be at Savvy Gourmet offering informal insurance valuations on anything from china and crystal to antique kitchen tools. For items too large to bring to Savvy Gourmet, like kitchen furniture, appraisers will offer assessments from photographs. Appraisals are offered for a donation of $25 per every two items. All proceeds benefit the Food and Beverage Museum, a nonprofit that hosts exhibits on regional culinary culture and plans to open a museum in the Warehouse District. Ñ McNulty