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Adolfo Garcia is a familiar name in New Orleans to those who have patronized his Rio Mar seafood restaurant over the years. Now he has unveiled his latest creation, a Mano, featuring authentic Italian pastas, sausages and cured meats, using centuries-old curing methods. The menu begins with nearly a dozen tempting antipasti options. Customers may order several small plates, or a sampler plate. On the entrée side, look for slow-cooked rabbit with oil-cured olives, roasted garlic and thyme, as well as a butcher' style braised beef oxtail dish. Desserts are equally enticing, including the chocolate and pistachio semifreddo. Garcia has worked all over Europe and in New York, and brings his international flare to his newest project. In addition to Rio Mar, Garcia also helms the Argentine steakhouse, La Boca. All of his restaurants are located in the heart of the Warehouse/Arts district. Dinner Mon.-Sat. a Mano, 870 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70125, 504-508-9280.

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Cafe Giovanni Chef Donates $10,000 Worth of Toys for Area Children
Chef Duke LoCicero, chef/owner of Café Giovanni in New Orleans, recently held his annual Foundation for Kids Fundraiser, which raised approximately $10,000 to purchase toys for area children. Hospitality and restaurant industry members recently collected and donated an additional $2,000 worth of toys to add to the bounty. Chef Duke, Santa and elves will begin distributing toys and holiday wishes at the Children's Hospital at 1 p.m. (until approximately 5 p.m.), after which will make their way to Tulane Hospital. Founded in 1992 by chef Duke LoCicero, The Chef Duke Foundation for Kids focuses on providing much needed funding (typically for education purposes and health related issues) for children in difficult financial circumstances. To date, Chef Duke's Foundation for Kids has distributed over $160,000 in toys to local children. Cafe Giovanni, 117 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-529-2154.
Celebrate with a Traditional Reveillon Dinner
Dozens of New Orleans area restaurants will participate in the time-honored tradition of Reveillon dinners on Christmas Eve after midnight. During the mid-1800s, Creole families in New Orleans celebrated Reveillon (French for “awakening”) twice during the holidays, once on Christmas Eve then again on New Year’s Eve. These days, fine local restaurants celebrate Reveillon with special menus that are served only once a year, just after midnight Mass. Each restaurant will feature menu items that are most popular with their guests. Arnaud's, for example, will offer its panéed veal served with wild mushroom sauce, while Brennan's will serve its Bananas Foster. At Galatoire's guests will enjoy sweet potato bisque, while Broussard's will feature an entire menu of German cuisine. For a full listing of restaurants particpating with the planned menus, visit

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