The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, May 20-24, is expanding its 2015 Seminar Series. The festival, which aims to showcase New Orleans’ unique culture and style, will now offer several experiences in different locales throughout the city. Some of the NOWFE events are:
- Food Fashion Fusion: The Billy Reid Dinner Series Presented by The Local Palate, 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 20: New Orleans chef Ryan Prewitt, of Peche Seafood Grill; Mike Lata of Fig and The Ordinary, Charleston, South Carolina; and Kevin Johnson of The Grocery will prepare seafood. Billy Reid Store, 3927 Magazine St., New Orleans. $125.
- Vinola, 2 p.m., Thursday, May 21: Taste rare and highly valued wines, each worth at least $75. Wineries include Bodegas Riojanas, Canard Vineyard, Espirit du Vin Fine Wine Merchants, Jackson Family Wines, Mauritson Family Winery, Pernod Ricard USA and Selby Winery. Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Ballroom, 621 St. Louis St., New Orleans. $175.
- Royal Street Stroll, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21: Antiques, art, jazz and architecture pair with wine along Royal Street. The Stroll is led parade-style by the Krewe of Cork with several renowned winemakers serving as grand marshals. Grab a costume and join King Patrick van Hoorebeek. Advance, $99, week of show, $120.
- Grand Tasting, 6 p.m., Friday, May 22: More than 1,000 domestic and international vintages alongside foods from more than 75 Louisiana chefs and purveyors. Restaurants include 18 Steak, Borgne, Bourbon House, Café Giovanni, Criollo, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Galatoire’s, Mr. B’s Bistro, Restaurant R’evolution, Sac-a-Lait and The Irish House. Wineries include A to Z Wineworks, Banfi Vintners, Bernardus Winery, Copper Cane Wine and Provisions, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, Foundry Vineyards, Markham Vineyards, Trinchero Family Estates and Willamette Valley Vineyards.
- The Big Gateaux Show, 9 p.m., Friday, May 22: A pastry competition that includes burlesque, pastries and cocktails. Grand Ballroom at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. $75.
- Food Fashion Fusion: The Billy Reid Dinner Series Presented by The Local Palate, 7 p.m., Friday, May 22: New Orleans chef Michael Gulotta, of MoPho, mixes Asian flavors with Charleston chefs Andy Henderson, of Edmund’s Oast, and Josh Walker, of Xiao Bao Biscuit. Billy Reid Store, 3927 Magazine St., New Orleans. $125.
- Makin’ Groceries, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, May 22: Chef Nathan Richard from Kingfish and bar chef Abigail Gullo from SoBou lead a grocery run to Rouses, offering shopping tips. Then head back to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and turn your groceries into lunch. Rouses Market, Baronne St. and SoFAB, New Orleans. $75.
- New Orleans Grandes Dames of Creole Cuisine … Today, 11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 23: A seminar focusing on endearing, old-line establishments renowned for classic Creole dining, including Antoine’s, Galatoire’s and Arnaud’s, with samples from each. New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. $57.
- Grand Tasting, 2 p.m., Saturday, May 23: More than 1,000 domestic and international vintages alongside foods from more than 75 Louisiana chefs and purveyors.
The King of Louisiana Seafood will be crowned during the eighth-annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, hosted by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
Participating chefs include Michael Brewer, The Sammich; Lyle Broussard, Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill; David Dickensauge, Bin 77 Wine + Bistro and Bin 77 Sidebar; Anthony Felan, Wine Country Bistro; Ryan Gaudet, Spahr’s Seafood; Dustie Latiolais, Crawfish Town USA; Anthony Miletello, Willie’s Duck Diner and Miletello’s Sports City Grill; Stephen Naegle Jr., Spirits Food and Friends; Mike Nelson, GW Fins; Scott Varnedoe, Restaurant IPO. New Orleans Convention Center, Hall J, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. $109.
- Chef on the Line, 5 a.m., Sunday, May 24: Go fishing with Justin Devillier, “Top Chef: New Orleans” contestant and James Beard-nominated owner of La Petite Grocery. Then clean up and meet at Balise, Devillier’s new restaurant, to cook the day’s catch. $492.