The Fulton Street pedestrian mall will be the scene this weekend for the second annual New Orleans Seafood Festival . Restaurants serving food at the three-day event include Acme Oyster House , Arnaud's , Barreca's , Café Giovanni , Carondelet Café , Drago's , Ernst Café , Galatoire's , Grand Isle , Mr. B's Bistro and Pontchartrain Point Café as well as local caterers. Admission is free, and the schedule is 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. The festival features entertainment by 15 bands on two stages with headliners including the Radiators and Rockin' Dopsie . Proceeds will benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (www.louisianahospitalityfoundation.org), a nonprofit led by executives in the hospitality industry who raise money to support culinary education, art, and health and social welfare for children.
Felipe's and Bounds
One of the more popular of the new wave of taquerias to set up shop in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina has expanded to the French Quarter. Felipe's Taqueria French Quarter (301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; www.felipesneworleans.com) took over the Vieux Carre location of Hooters, which didn't reopen after Katrina. It offers the same quick-serve menu of burritos, tacos and quesadillas and the same prodigiously stocked salsa bar as the Felipe's Taqueria Uptown (6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776). Felipe's is the offshoot of a taqueria in Cambridge, Mass., near the Harvard University campus, run by Tom Brush and Mexico native Felipe Herrera . Brush has New Orleans ties, and in 2006, he opened the first Felipe's here along with business partners. The French Quarter location is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., though management plans to extend hours to at least 2 a.m. and also intends to open for breakfast on weekends.
Swirl Wines (3143 Ponce de Leon St., 304-0635; www.swirlinthecity.com) will host chef Daniel Tobar of Daniel's on the Bayou (3443 Esplanade Ave., 940-5939) on Sept. 30 for a tapas tasting at the Faubourg St. John wine shop. Tobar opened his restaurant earlier this year in the ground floor of the nearby Esplanade at City Park apartment building. On Tuesday, he will serve a selection of tapas, and Swirl will pour paired wines from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 for tapas and $10 for the wine pairing.