New Orleans Wine & Food Experience announces socially distant summer wine dinner series

Organizers for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience get creative during the pandemic with a socially-distant experience after postponing the festival.

NOWFE announced a series of wine dinners at local restaurants from July 22 to Sept. 23.

Source: Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard

Participating restaurants include Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, Palace Café, GW Fins, Briquette, La Petite Grocery, Tommy’s Cuisine, the Rib Room and Café Reconcile, with additional restaurants being added in September to be announced.

Duckhorn Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars, Ruffino, and Belle Glos are among the participating winemakers.

“While we were all disappointed that NOWFE was postponed this year, we celebrate the reopening of our beloved restaurants and look forward to gathering together with all socially distant protocols of course,” said Aimee Brown, NOWFE executive director. “We hope these dinners will encourage diners to support our local economy and offer a sense of normalcy as we move into the next phases of reopening.”

Organizers said guests can make reservations for each wine dinner directly with the participating restaurant, served while adhering to all safety protocols.

Here is the current schedule for the NOWFE Summer Wine Dinner Series:

Wednesday, July 22 –  Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard featuring The Prisoner Wine Company (Reservations: 504-581-3866)

Wednesday, August 5 – Palace Café featuring Wines of Champagne and Burgundy (Reservations: 504-523-1661)

Tuesday, August 11 – GW Fins featuring Cakebread Cellars (Reservations: 504-581-3467)

Wednesday, August 19 – Briquette featuring Ruffino Italian Wines (Reservations: 504-302-7496)

Wednesday, August 19 – La Petite Grocery featuring Duckhorn Vineyards (Reservations: 504-891-3377)

Wednesday, August 26 – Tommy’s Cuisine featuring Belle Glos and Quilt Wines (Reservations: 504-581-1103)

Thursday, September 17 – Rib Room featuring Flambeaux Wine (Reservations: 504-529-7045)

Wednesday, September 23 – Café Reconcile featuring Hendrick’s Gin (Reservations: 504-934-1946)

The 28th annual event was originally scheduled to take place from March 18 to March 22 before getting called off amid coronavirus concerns. The culinary and wine-focused festival has been a New Orleans staple event, featuring wine dinners, premium tasting events, seminars and the iconic Royal Street Stroll.

For more information, visit the NOWFE website.

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