News for Restaurants in New Orleans
One of the most successful and fascinating characters in New Orleans restaurant history is Ruth Fertel, who founded Ruth's Chris Steak House. Her son, Randy Fertel has just released his take on her life, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir, ($28, University of Mississippi Press). The title actually refers to both of the author's parents. Fertel's single mom famously mortgaged her house to open a small restaurant, and ultimately expanded it into an international phenomenon of 82 locations. Fertel died nine years ago at the age of 75. The restaurant chain, no longer based in New Orleans, has two locations in the city. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Harrah's New Orleans, 525 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-587-7099.
The Grill Room is offering a series of wine classes, hosted and taught by sommelier Sara Kavanaugh. The classes are held on the first Wednesday of the month, with the next class scheduled for Nov. 2. The November class will feature a blind tasting of six wines. In December the series will feature sparkling wines and champagnes for the holidays. January's class will offer training in wine scents and aromas, featuring red wines only. The cost for each session is $25/person, and those who dine in The Gril Room that same night will receive a free bottle of wine selected by Kavanaugh to complement their meals. Call 523-6000 for reservations. The Grill Room, Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-1992.
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