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Star Chef Line-Up for Leah Chase Gala; 40 Arpent Brewery

CBD? Celeb-chefs John Currence, John Besh, John Folse, Emeril Lagasse, Marcus Samuelsson and Susan Spicer will cook for Leah Chase's January 5 gala event at the Hyatt Regency, The Times-Pic reports today. Tix can be reserved here. The money raised will benefit the Dooky and Leah Chase foundation, aiding social justice, as well as creative and culinary arts.[]

ARABI? Booze whisperer Todd A. Price reports that "in 2013, we can add another local beer bottle to the shelf. Michael Naquin plans to open 40 Arpent brewery in Arabi by St. Patrick's Day. The first beer will be a Creole Red Ale on draft made with red beans and rice." []

MARIGNY? The Gambit reports on interactive restaurant culinary school Langlois' Culinary Crossroads new digs this week: "Housed in a former corner grocery, the new interior could pass for the set of a contemporary cooking show, with gleaming food prep and cooking demonstration areas, dining bars and large-screen monitors to show the action around the room."

Leah Chase with John Besh and Marcus Samuelsson [Photo courtesy of Emily Smith via Fleurdelicious]