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NOLA Chefs Aid For The Philippines, Pat O's Turns 80, More

CBD— On Monday, December 16, you can enjoy foods from more than 40 chefs including Leah Chase, Frank Brigtsen, Ralph Brennan, and Tenney Flynn, plus support a good cause at the NOLA Chefs' Aid for the Philippines fundraiser/silent auction at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans Hotel. A "Meet the Chefs" VIP Patron Party starts at 5:30 p.m. Main event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $100 for VIP and $50 for general admission in advance. Buy tickets/make a donation right here. [Eaterwire]

CBD/QUARTER— Todd A. Price reports that the latest Starbucks to open in New Orleans (at 700 Canal Street) is different from other area locations because local artists were brought on "to create a store that reflects New Orleans' history and its role in the coffee trade." []

FAIR GROUNDS— "Tastings at the Track" returns to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (1751 Gentilly Blvd.) on Thursday, December 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. with "Spirits of the Season" featuring creative cocktails spotlighting premium liquors. Dorignac's will also present top shelf bourbons $25/person. Tickets available at Dorignac's and at the door. Call (504) 948-1285 for info. [Eaterwire]

QUARTER— Reminder: St. Peter street is being closed off at 5 p.m. in front of Pat O's for their 80th anniversary celebration. The Bucktown Allstars take the stage at 7:30pm, and they're doing half-price hurricanes all day long. [Eaterwire]