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Summer Savings

The annual summer restaurant discount program organized by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau begins this week and extends through September. Called COOLinary New Orleans, the promotion features three-course meals for $20 at lunch and $34 at dinner at 28 participating restaurants, ranging from Galatoire's to Slice Pizzeria. A full list of restaurants, including some of their COOLinary menus, is online at

Eat Local Challenge

To mark National Farmers Market Week, Louisiana agriculture commissioner Mike Strain issued the "Eat Local Louisiana Challenge," asking residents to eat only food grown or produced within the state for one week, Aug. 2-8. The challenge is intended to get more people to explore local farmers markets and support Louisiana farmers, fishermen and food companies. A partial list of farmers markets across the state is posted on the department's Web site (

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