Meauxbar (942 N. Rampart St., 504-569-9979; chef John Bel has launched a series of six dinners highlighting seasonal local produce in four- and five-course meals. Desserts are provided by pastry chef Ruby Bloch, and Meauxbar's bar director Gillian White is selecting wine pairings for each course. The dinners cost $50 to $60 per person, not including wine. The next event is a cocktail-themed Spirits of the Americas dinner on July 17, which coincides with the Tales of the Cocktail ( conference. Other dinners include a meal inspired by Julia Child on Aug. 15 and one featuring famous dishes from closed New Orleans restaurants on Sept. 13.