By Susan Langenhennig | Nola.com
After a brief, post-holidays breather, restaurants and food trucks are starting to fill up the calendar again with specialty dinners and events. Here are a few worth adding to your Outlook:
Food trucks and T-shirts – Saturday, Jan. 12, 329 Julia St. – The unapologetically hip Dirty Coast T-shirt company celebrates the opening of its new Warehouse District store with a two-part party and food trucks. The festivities includes beer and king cake (always a good combination) at the store, 329 Julia St., from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a party at the Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St., beginning at 8, with food by Foodie Call, Frencheeze and Empanada Intafada. Details are here. Dirty Coast recently designed a new T-shirt in support of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the group’s efforts.
And more food trucks – Sunday, Jan. 13, St. Claude Avenue – La Cocinita, Rue Chow, The Fat Falafel, Frencheeze, NOLA Girl Food Truck, Empanada Intifada and Grilling Shelling are among the trucks that will be parked at 1940 St. Claude Ave. Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The T-Lot Food Truck Round-up is organized byMy House: Empowering Culinary Entrepreneurs in collaboration with T-Lot artists studio, St. Claude Main Street and the St. Claude Business Association. Details are here.
MS fundraiser and anniversary party – Jan. 15-20 at Apolline – Apolline restaurant marks its first anniversary with a three-course, $35 menu by Chef Matt Farmer. Offered all week, 10 percent of proceeds from the prix fixe will benefit the Louisiana Chapter of the National MS Society. Menu highlights include: coriander seared tuna salad, smoked Maple Leaf Farms duck leg, grilled swordfish, chocolate tart and brioche bread pudding. Apolline, 4729 Magazine. Details, call 504.894.8881.
And more food trucks – Jan. 24, Central City – Part of the Central City Food Truck Festival Series, 11 trucks plan to park in the 2000 block of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. Trucks include: Frencheeze, Dat Dog Express, La Cocinita, Rue Chow, Slap Yo Mama, The Fat Falafel, NOLA Girl Food Truck, Brigade Coffee, Foodie Call, Empanada Intifada and Grilling Shelling. The eventalso is organized by My House: Empowering Culinary Entrepreneurs.
Felice Anniversario at Andrea’s – Jan. 24, Andrea’s restaurant – Andrea’s restaurant in Metairie celebrates its 28th anniversary with a five-course, $85 dinner paired with wines from chef Andrea Apuzzo’s vineyard in his native Ana Capri, Italy, and others. The restaurant also will feature a three-course, $28 anniversary menu Jan. 21-27, with complimentary champagne and cake. Andrea’s, 3100 19th St., Metairie, 504.834.8583
Farewell to flesh dinner – Jan. 31, Rio Mar restaurant – Mardi Gras is early this year, so those who abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent need to get their carnivorous fix in now. Rio Mar turns its focus to land-based creatures Jan. 31 with its “Pleasures of the Flesh” dinner. The $55 menu includes: short rib stew, rabbit cassoulet, wild boar timbale, roasted venison rack, grilled petit filet and bacon-chocolate torte. Rio Mar, 800 South Peters St. Reservations: 504.525.3474