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Grand Isle offering James Beard preview dinner

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Grand Isle (575 Convention Center Blvd., 504-520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com) executive chef Ryan Haigler will present a six-course dinner at the James Beard House in New York Aug. 19. The restaurant is offering a four-course preview to local diners at 7 p.m. Aug. 5.

  The preview menu includes passed hors d'oeuvres such as Creole tomato pie with pimiento cheese and tomato jam. The four-course meal features cured cobia with Steen's cane vinegar and black pepper syrup; she-crab soup with fried soft-shell crab; duck sausage with foie gras and aioli; and cafe brulot with coconut cake.

  The dinner costs $65 plus tip. Beverage pairings cost $30 and include a special cocktail and wines with each course.

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