When I think of New Orleans, Galatoire’s isn’t far from my mind. It’s one of those places you won’t soon forget, and it nearly always makes its way into my conversations about the Big Easy. Those who know me know I think the Fairhope Inn isn’t too shabby of a place either. So imagine what it would be like for an evening at the Inn with Michael Sichel, executive chef of Galatoire’s and Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak.

This Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. we can find out what magic that pairing could bring. A sneak peek at the menu will tell you he isn’t playing around. The evening begins with canapés such as lamb tartare, crab croquettes and Gaufrette potato with French onion dip.

The first course is tuna crudo. Second course is grilled bacon with burnt honey candied pecans. The fish course is Alaskan halibut with tomato and jalapeño nage. For the meat dish the 44 Farms strip steak with creamed spinach and shaved foie gras sounds incredible. The sweet course is chocolate torte with chocolate ganache and brandied cherries.

Price per person is $95, exclusive of tax, tip and spirits. Call 251-928-6226 right now and cross your fingers there are still spots open.

99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn at Southern Napa
Now is the time to get your tickets for Southern Napa’s 4th annual 99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn. If you thought Southern Napa was nothing more than a wine store with the occasional pairing dinners, think again. This is a craft beer festival with food and live music celebrating the hoppier side of life.

On Saturday, May 7, 2304 Main St. in Daphne will be home to beer drinkers and music lovers beginning at 1 p.m. Buy your ticket now and receive a six-pack sampler of craft beer for only one cent! That’s right, $45.01 and you get to sample 99 different craft beers in your commemorative tasting glass.
Live music from Brett LaGrave and food from Will’s Farm Foods sweeten the pot. Visit www.SouthernNapa.com for more details.

Cortlandt Inge opens pizza pub in Spring Hill
Many of you hear the name Cortlandt Inge and immediately associate him with Mobile’s finer dining scene. Now get ready for his latest pizza pub! Newly opened Cortlandt’s Pub is in the shopping center at the corner of Old Shell and McGregor (think Rouse’s, Al’s 5 and 10). There isn’t much detail yet other than great pie, cold beer and a cool-looking bar. Word on the street is that right now he’s only open from 3 p.m. to midnight.

A Facebook menu shows soup, salad and wood-fired pizza at reasonable prices with beer and wine. For more details call 251-342-0024.

FIVE coming alive
A while back we told you FIVE was coming to the former Bull location on Dauphin Street. Good news is they are currently working feverishly at the downtown spot. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear of a solid opening date.