Persityle Becomes Wolfe's
Chef Tom Wolfe closed Peristyle in August and promised to reopen the French Quarter restaurant with a new menu, look and name early this fall. One month later, the result is Wolfe's (1041 Dumaine St., 593-9535), where the wide-ranging menu is more in line with the style of his original restaurant Wolfe's of New Orleans (now closed) than the French contemporary repertoire he inherited from Peristyle's previous owner, Anne Kearney-Sand . Some highlights from the kitchen now include tamarind-glazed pork with parsnip hash and fried poblano chile rings, and squab galantine with house-cured duck sausage. Dishes incorporate influences from Asia and South America. There also is a menu of small plates. In a nod to the restaurant's history, the bar was left untouched during the renovation and is now called the Peristyle. A few of the former restaurant's dishes make appearances on the menu.
French for Happy Hour
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (Riverwalk Marketplace, Julia Street entrance, 569-0405; www.southernfood.org) has begun a Tuesday after-work gathering at its riverfront facility called Cinq a Sept . French for "five to seven," the name is a Québecoise slang term for the predinner or pretheater time for drinks and snacks, better known as happy hour in this country. Cinq á Sept will be held each Tuesday for the next five weeks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The museum will host a local band, serve complimentary light food and sell wine. The exhibits are open during the events. Admission is $10, or free for museum members. This week's musical guest is Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue .
Two women representing different traditions of Creole cuisine will offer their insights to hundreds of women chefs and restaurant owners expected in town this weekend for an industry conference. Leah Chase , chef/owner of her family's Dooky Chase Restaurant , and Ti Adelaide Martin , a managing partner of her family's Commander's Palace restaurant, are the keynote speakers at the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs national conference, where the theme is "The New New Orleans: Reinventing Ourselves Through Cultural Diversity." Conventioneers will hear from an array of women chefs and food educators from New Orleans and around the country and will visit local farmers markets. Advance registration is required to attend. For details, visit www.womenchefs.org.