The menu at Galatoire's Restaurant (209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021; is famous for hardly ever changing, yet the periodic wine dinners held at the landmark restaurant traditionally have given its chefs room to get  creative.

  Another series of these dinners begins Wednesday, July 31, featuring the wines from New Orleans neuroscientist and winemaker Nicolas Bazan. These wines, which he makes with Oregon's Wahle Vineyard, will be paired with a menu created for the evening by chef Michael Sichel, and it includes some of Galatoire's classic dishes. Future editions of the series are scheduled each month through October. The dinners begin at 7 p.m., cost $100 per person and reservations are required.