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FQ Wine Fest Kicks Off; the City's Best Hotel Bars

Le Meritage at the Maison Dupuy Hotel.
Le Meritage at the Maison Dupuy Hotel.
Photo: Le Meritage

EVENT PLANNING? The French Quarter Wine Festival, a nine week fess modeled on the Boston Wine Festival, kicks off tomorrow night at Le Meritage. NOLA Vie has a rather whimsical interview with Le Meritage's chef, Michael Farrell. [NOLA Vie]

LISTICLES? What are the best hotel bars in the city? Here's a listicle that features all of the old standbys, plus newbies Bellocq and Burgundy Bar. [NOdotcom]

SEXYTIME!? As of this writing, Phillip Lopez of Root is leading DC's John Critchley by about 140 votes in the Easter Conference finals for Eater's Hottest Chef competition. The poll closes tomorrow at 10AM Central. [-E-]

CHEFS-IN-TRAINING? This week was the Louisiana Restaurant Association's ProStart Student Competition, where teams of high schoolers faced off against each other in a decidedly Top Chef-like competition. The winners (not yet announced) will go on to represent Louisiana in the National ProStart competition, which will be held in Baltimore at the end of April. [MNO]