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Poppy Tooker hosts drag brunch benefit at Toups South

Brunch benefits CresentCare-NOAIDS meal program

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Local radio personality and food guru Poppy Tooker (above)and CrescentCare host a Poppy's Pop-up Drag Brunch benefit Nov. 12 at Toups South (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-304-2147; www.toupssouth.com).

  The three-course brunch ($50 plus tax and tip) is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is a collaboration with the CrescentCare-NO/AIDS Task Force (www.crescentcare.org) and benefits Food For Friends (www.facebook.com/foodforfriendskitchen), a meal-delivery program that serves people living with AIDS in the greater New Orleans area by supplying groceries, household and personal care products and home-delivered meals to clients and their families.

  Chef Isaac Toups' menu includes an amuse bouche of duck ham with dates and honey, chilled butternut squash soup, fried oyster salad with buttermilk dressing and lardons, and a braised short rib with Bellegarde Bakery grits and onion rings, among other items. Bottomless mimosas and Pimm's Cups also will be served.

  Contact the restaurant for reservations.

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