March 23-26 The first New Orleans Bourbon Festival will take place at the Sugar Mill and Marriot Convention Center in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. Festivities will include marketplace featuring an array of Bourbon-centric products, two grand tasting events, live panels and a bourbon jazz brunch. A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit St. Michael Special School, an educational facility that teaches students ages six through adulthood with special needs. Tickets range from $59-$490 (Ultimate VIP). Fore more information, visit the official website
Ongoing Commander's Palace offers the option of private dining in the "Little Room." The private room seats 12 in the wine cellar. Sommelier Dan Davis selects wines to pair with an exclusive tasting menu created by executive chef Tory McPhail. Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-899-8221.