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Josephine Estelle and Avo celebrate with Italian holiday menus



Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070; hosts a five-course dinner Tuesday, Dec. 6, to celebrate the Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes tradition.

  Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman will be joined by five guest chefs at the event, including Kevin Nashan of Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in St. Louis, Ryan Pruitt and Stephen Stryjewski of Peche, Mike Lata of The Ordinary in Charleston, South Carolina and Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama.

  The dinner includes a cocktail hour with snacks at 6 p.m., five courses, a dessert and wine pairings. Tickets are $125 per person. Call the restaurant to buy tickets or for more information.

  Chef Nick Lama also has created a Feast of Seven Fishes menu at Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; available Dec. 10-24. It's a seven-course tasting menu that includes a Sicilian frutti de mer salad, charred octopus with pineapple and Calabrian chilies, linguine and clams and more. It costs $78 per person or $108 with selected wines.

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