Upcoming Eat Club Dinners
Cafe Giovanni, March 9
Scroll down for details, menus, reservation form, list of reservations and general info about the Eat Club.
After the Mardi Gras parades have ended, but before those of the Irish and Italian communities have begun, Chef Duke Locicero presents an Eat Club dinner steeped in the traditions of the season. St. Joseph’s Day is always in Lent, so the courses will be built upon seafood dishes. Specifically, the menu is made of the seafood dishes that Chef Duke won awards for through the years. It’s a six-course dinner with the same number of wines. And for those who don’t observe Lent, two of the courses have options including a duck dish or a steak creation–still with award-winning histories. It is indeed a feast. . . nothing penitential about six courses of local seafood and house-made pasta. One need not be Sicilian, Italian, or a Catholic to attend and enjoy.
Italian-Style Baked Oysters
With garlic, parmesan cheese, Italian herbs and olive oil
Wine: Wine: Planeta Etna Bianco
Seafood with citrus and peppers
Seafood Caprese Salad
The classic salad of Capri, made of fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil, topped with an assortment of marinated local crabmeat and shrimp.
Jumbo Seared Sea Scallops
A sharply-flavored sauce of sake and spy sauce
Wine: Wine: Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir
Alfredo sauce, two jumbo shrimp, sweet-heat voodoo sauce
Raspberry chipotle sauce
Wine: Wine: Au Contraire Chardonnay
Tournedos of Beef
Brandy green peppercorn sauce, roasted garlic, bacon mashed potatoes
Wine: Wine: Heritance Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine: Wine: Mondoro Asti
The date is Thursday, March 9, 2017,6:30 p.m. The price is $80, inclusive of tax, tip, and wines. The payment will be made at the restaurant the night of the dinner. However, reservations are required. Click below the fork to reserve.
The date is Thursday, March 9, 2017,6:30 p.m. The price is $80, inclusive of tax, tip, and wines. The payment will be made at the restaurant the night of the dinner. However, reservations are required. Click below to reserve.
RESERVATIONS Allow 24 hours to post.
About The Eat Club
Eat Club events are open to everyone! Singles are as welcome as couples. Don’t worry about being among strangers. About a third of the people at every dinner are first-timers, too, and you’ll make friends with the others at your table quickly. Our dinners are convivial and unpretentious. We don’t give speeches or long diatribes about the food or wines (just a little at the beginning). Just good food and wine.
The host is me–Tom Fitzmorris, host of The Food Show on 1350 AM radio, and the publisher of the New Orleans Menu Daily. I move around from table to table all night long so I can tell the same jokes over and over again. I hold these dinners as a service to diners and restaurateurs. The entire payment for the dinner goes to the restaurant–I get no part of it. I’m there for the fun and camaraderie.
Once you’re reasonably sure you’ll be there–and the number you’ll be with–click here to reserve. We usually sell out, so reserve early. If you need to cancel, please let me know no less than two days before the dinner. Please understand that I sometimes have to pay for no-shows out of my own pocket.
Unless otherwise noted, the prices include the complete dinner, tax, tip, and wine, but not cocktails. Cash will get you out faster, but credit cards are okay. At some dinners, we collect at the beginning just to speed things up at the end. Smoking is not permitted at Eat Club dinners.
If you’ve never been to one of our dinners before and are hesitant, please give it a try! You’ll find a very sociable bunch of people, many of whom will also be first-timers. Singles (some of whom are married to too-busy spouses) are also always with us. We sit together at big tables, and share easy conversation as well as the wine and food. No gourmet pretensions or speeches; we’re primarily interested in eating well and having a fun evening. The chefs and wine distributors give us unusually good work at attractive prices.
There isn’t one. The wines are usually provided by a wine distributor or wholesaler, and we don’t pay much (or anything) for them. But if you’d rather drink iced tea, go ahead! You won’t be the only one.