After a two-month hiatus, Iris (321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com) reopens this week in a new location in the lobby of the Bienville House Hotel , the space that once housed chef Greg Sonnier 's restaurant Gamay. Chef Ian Schnoebelen and partner Laurie Casebonne opened Iris five months after Katrina in a small cottage in the Carrollton area. A year later, Schnoebelen was named one of the nation's top 10 new chefs by Food & Wine magazine . He's taking the same approach to his wide-ranging menu of Italian, French and Asian influenced dishes, and Iris also will serve lunch and offer a bar menu of snacks like rabbit spring rolls and kaffir lime guacamole. Iris is open for dinner Monday and Wednesday through Saturday and lunch Thursday through Saturday.
The arrival of Inspector General Robert Cerasoli at City Hall was viewed by some as a positive step in cleaning up New Orleans government. But can the corruption-fighter bus a table of eight during a lunch rush? Patrons and contributors to the YMCA Educational Services Celebrity Waiter Luncheon will find out this Wednesday, Oct. 29, when Cerasoli serves as waiter and competes for tips with local newscasters Nikki Reyes and Liz Reyes and sommelier and Krewe of Cork king Patrick Van Hoorebeek . Their gratuities and proceeds from an auction during the luncheon benefit the YMCA's adult literacy program. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harrah's Theatre inside Harrah's Casino (228 Poydras St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com), and guests must be at least 21 to enter. Tickets are $100. Call Amy Brown at 568-9622 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
A collection of prominent New Orleans chefs will join forces next week (Nov. 7) at the Uptowner (438 Henry Clay Ave.) events hall for a fundraiser benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation . Called "Wine and Roses," the party will include food by chefs Bob Iacovone of Cuvée , Tenney Flynn of GW Fins , Donald Link of Herbsaint , Aaron Burgau of Patois , Jean Stickney of Pralines by Jean , Glen Hogh of Vega Tapas Café , and Greg and Mary Sonnier , previously of Gabrielle and now the proprietors of the Uptowner. The Fleur de Tease burlesque troupe provides entertainment. Tickets are $125 each for the gala beginning at 8 p.m. and $200 for the VIP party beginning at 7 p.m. Call 455-5194 for tickets.