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EAT+DRINK

Inaugural Beignet Fest is Oct. 8

WHAT COULD BE SWEETER THAN STAGING A FESTIVAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM? Make the featured food item

a beignet, add live music and let visitors vote on their favorite version of the doughnut. The festival is scheduled for Oct. 8 at Lafayette Square. Admission is free and a portion of proceeds from food and beverage sales benefits the Tres Doux Foundation, an organization from founders Amy and Sherwood Collins seeking to raise awareness and provide funds for autism programs in New Orleans. “Through our journey with our son, Liam, who is on the autism spectrum, we found out there’s a gap in accessible programming for kids on the spectrum, and we wanted to change that,” Amy said in a prepared statement. The festival will feature both sweet and savory versions of the iconic fried dough confection prepared by local restaurants including Cafe Du Monde, Ye Olde College Inn, The Ruby Slipper, Cafe Beignet and New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co., as well as Bread & Circus of Lafayette. Festivalgoers can cast a vote for their favorite beignet in several categories, including best sweet, best savory, most original and crowd favorite. Music will be provided by Big Sam’s Funky Nation, John “Papa” Gros, Los Po-Boy-Citos, The Confetti Park Players Children’s Chorus and Alexandra Scott. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.beignetfest.com. — HELEN FREUND

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with remoulade and drawn butter, a Greek-leaning pita sandwich made with lamb belly and feta tzatziki, and a Philly cheese steak iteration made with rib-eye and American cheese. Fat Boy Pantry is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. — HELEN FREUND

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Emeril Lagasse’s Meril opens next month EMERIL LAGASSE OPENS HIS FOURTH RESTAURANT IN NEW ORLEANS, MERIL, ON SEPT. 24.

The restaurant at 424 Girod St. in the Warehouse District is a few blocks from the celebrity chef’s flagship restaurant Emeril’s (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-5289393; www.emerilsrestaurants. com/emerils-new-orleans). The new restaurant is named after Lagasse’s daughter. The restaurant is described as a casual “neighborhood eatery” with a horseshoe bar, large dining area and open kitchen. A full menu has yet to be released, but the concept appears to include a number of international dishes inspired by the chef’s travels, including pastas, wood oven-fired pizzas, pork rib tamales and Japanese robata-style grilled plates. “I’ve always had the philosophy that you can never stop learning, especially in the kitchen,” Lagasse said in a prepared statement. “There is always something new to uncover, whether it’s an ingredient, a technique or a way of sharing food. As part of the constant desire to evolve, I wanted to create a space where I could develop my own spin on some of my favor-

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jumbo Scallops with Asparagus & Baby Corn

Chef Will Avelar will helm the kitchen at Emeril Lagasse’s Meril. P H OTO C O U R T E S Y E M E R I L L AG A S S E

ite dishes that have inspired me, whether from traveling or cooking for friends and family at home.” Chef Will Avelar, who began working at Lagasse’s restaurants in 2005 and most recently was executive sous chef at Emeril’s Delmonico, will helm the restaurant as executive chef. Meril will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. — HELEN FREUND

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