Upcoming Eat Club Dinners

Cafe Giovanni, March 9
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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

Crawfish Martini
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

Alligator Meatballs
Alfredo sauce, two jumbo shrimp, sweet-heat voodoo sauce

Cajun Duck
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

Cannoli Martini
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.

Click here to reserve.

RESERVATIONS Allow 24 hours to post.
Albert 2
Martin 2
Henderson 3
DiGiovanni 2
Sirit 2
Witmeyer 2
Overton 2
Lilly 2
Smith 4
Mogle 4
Siebold 4
Escalet 2
Fretland 2
Cohn 3
Ackel 4
Davis 2
Lee 4
Higgins 2
Landry 2
Naylon 2


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.

Reservations Essential!

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.

Non-Drinkers Discount

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.

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  1. Ogden Hall on February 2, 2017

    Unfortunately this is one Eat Club Dinner that is not going to happen due to the arson committed Saturday night. If you’d like to make a donation to help with the recovery you can do so here:

  2. Elliott Cowand on February 4, 2017

    Hi Tom,

    Happy to see has a link to the arson relief for the Flaming Torch.
    Have you had a chance to mention the Flaming Torch gofundme campaign on air yet?



  3. Elliott Cowand on February 4, 2017

    Hi Tom,

    Instead of canceling the Eat Club at the Flaming Torch, do you think another restaurant might open its doors to Zohreh Khaleghi to come in on a night they are closed?



    It’s a good idea, but we don’t have enough time to gather enough people to make it happen. As it was, our original promotion–which had only gathered about ten attendees so far (that it normal).

  4. Elliott Cowand on February 7, 2017

    Understand. Thought perhaps the Eat Club “benefit” for Flaming Torch could be rescheduled for a later date.
    On another note, assume you’ve read the interesting TP article about the origins of the poboy being earlier than we were led to believe:



  5. Ronald R Lowe on February 13, 2017

    Any cruise/land trips planned for this Fall, 2017 or next Spring, 2018? Ronald

    We’re thinking about the British Isles in the fall, but no plans yet.

  6. Offshore Gourmet on February 15, 2017

    WWL-FM Radio, 105.3 continues to make a huge programming blunder. Tom must be on from 1100 to 1500 each day (11AM to 3PM). The program(s) on during that time frame are terrible and I hate it. I do not listen to WWL FM at all unless Tom is on it! Come on WWL-FM give us what your listeners really want!
    Thanks for the flattering words, but if you thought I was on the air from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., you haven’t been listening much. I have been 3-6 p.m.–my own favorite time to be on–for about five years now.

    When you puzzle out the great advantages of the new schedule, you will see what I mean.
    Tastefully yours,
    Tom Fitzmorris

  7. Thomas Jameson on February 19, 2017

    No comment. Just a question. Do you know of any good places to get a very good steak in Lafayette?

    The excellent Baton Rouge Italian and Steak restaurant Ruffino’s would be my pick.

  8. Don Thompson on March 14, 2017

    Can’t find the menu or details for Impastatos Eat Club dinner 3-22. Don’t see what is scheduled for April

    During the last day, the Eat Club page somehow kicked back to the previous dinner’s page. I have fixed that and you can now find the menu and the reservation page in the usual position:

    1. Go to
    2. Click on Eat Club in the main menu
    3. From there you will find the menu and the reservation link.
    See you there, I hope!
    Tastefully yours,
    Tom Fitzmorris