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The Hottest Summer Food Fests; New Gallagher Restaurant For Northshore

Plus, Melvin Rodrigue nabs LRA's restaurateur of the year and more.

Louisiana Seafood Fest at City Park.
Louisiana Seafood Fest at City Park.

LOUISIANA— Here are 23 food fests in New Orleans and beyond this summer. []

LOUISIANA— Melvin Rodrigue of Galatoire's has been named the Louisiana Restaurant Association's restaurateur of the year for 2015. [Advocate]

NOLA— Sue Strachan reports that 70+ area restaurants "donated a portion of proceeds from breakfast, lunch or dinner sales on Thursday... for the NO/AIDS Task Force's Dining Out for Life." []

NORTHSHORE— Helen Freund reports that longtime Mandeville restaurateur Pat Gallagher has just opened Pat Gallagher's 527 Restaurant and Bar (527 Causeway Blvd.) with a 'seafood and steak-heavy menu.' Now open for dinner Tues-Sat, lunch to come. [Gambit]