COMING ATTRACTIONS — Commander’s Palace vets Luke (formerly a sous chef at Commander’s) and Marci Hidalgo are opening new Southern comfort food restaurant Hambone at 544 Girod Street in Mandeville (in the building that formerly housed Vianne’s Tea House and Ugly Duckling Cafe). It’ll open in a few weeks with breakfast, coffee, lunch, and weekend brunch. [NOLA.COM]
THE CHAINS — New Orleans hot dog chain Dat Dog has chosen its first Houston location. Located near Rice University, the first location in Space City will be a 2,919 square feet restaurant at 5504 Morningside Drive in Rice Village. [HOUSTON CHRONICLE]
EVENTWIRE — The Southern Food and Beverage Museum wants to help you learn to talk about wine with a new monthly series of casual wine classes called You Taste What in My Wine? Certified Sommelier Gabriel Senette will lead the class, helping attendees to talk about wine, identify likes and dislikes, and know what wine to try next. The first class is Monday, January 15. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. More info at natfab.org.
CRAWFISH WATCH — KSLA news is reporting a slow start to crawfish season due to the cold weather and freezing temps last week. It’s also reporting lower supply, great quality, and prices that have not gone up. [KSLA]
THE CHAINS — Starbucks is serving blonde espresso for the first time ever. [E]
MAKIN’ GROCERIES — For those who enjoy high-end groceries but dread schlepping to over-crowded upscale grocery stores, an Amazon Prime subscription got much better. Prime customers can now order goods from Whole Foods for same-day or one-day shipping, and Whole Foods 365 products are available for two-hour shipping. [FOOD & WINE]
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