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Chefs to Watch at Café Reconcile, New Restaurants

CENTRAL CITY?On Oct. 21, Louisiana Cookin' presents its 12th annual Chefs to Watch Awards at Café Reconcile on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Starting at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm if you're a fancy VIP), attendees will be treated to live jazz as participating chefs such as Daniel Causgrove of The Grill Room and Bronwen Wyatt of La Petite Grocery prepare tastes of their culinary specialities. Fine wines and craft beers round out the menu offerings for the evening, and even though the sticker price is relatively high ($75 for general admission), all proceeds will help Café Reconcile in its mission to offer culinary training to inner-city New Orleans youths. [EaterWire]

MARIGNY?The Fête Marigny will descend on Washington Square Park on Oct. 26. Food vendors include Woody's Fish Tacos and Crêpes à la Carte, and wine will be provided by Faubourg Wines. There's music, a wine raffle, kids' events, and a cake cutting ceremony, so fingers crossed that the weather remains unseasonably sultry. [EaterWire]

SLIDELL?Diligent readers will soon have a good excuse to expand their cooking repertoires. Friends of the Slidell Library will present a silent auction of cookbooks that ends on Oct. 31, just in time for the holiday season of cooking enormous meals for family members who may or may not demonstrate appropriate levels of gratitude. The list of auction items is pretty long, and high bidders will be notified to pick up their items within seven days. []

CBD?The Fountain Lounge inside the Roosevelt Hotel is now serving food from a locally-inspired menu from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm daily. The original Fountain Lounge closed back in 1965, but the booming market for New Orleans nostalgia (and the addition of Superior Seafood alum Justin Ferguson) convinced the Roosevelt to revive the old hotel restaurant. [NO Def]

EVERYWHERE?Todd A. Price offers a rundown on the new restaurants opening in New Orleans over the next few weeks. Two of the more highly-anticipated openings are right around the corner: Sue Zemanick Ivy is all set to open the first week of November, and Phillip Lopez's ambitious Square Root should be here before Christmas. []

Café Reconcile. [Photo: Facebook]

Fountain Lounge

1720 East Pine Street, , OK 74110 (918) 592-5494

Cafe Reconcile

1631 Oretha C Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113 (504) 568-1157