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Vote for Bettola’s James Lewis – NOW!

James Lewis of Bettola. Courtesy of the restaurant's website.James Lewis of Bettola, a popular restaurant located at Pepper Place, is currently in first place, but the voting’s getting tight so he needs your help to keep him there.

He’s leading an impressive field of ten Gulf Coast chefs in Food & Wine’s The People’s Best New Chef online poll for that region.

Voting ends this evening (we’re assuming at midnight local time) so you probably want to head over there right now and make sure yours is counted. The official rules state that they’re only counting one vote per computer so you may need to tell a few of your friends about this. so James can make it to the next round – that’s when he’ll be going up against the winners from the other nine regional winners.

The overall winner of the poll will be featured in the July issue of Food & Wine.

Photo: Bettola’s James Lewis. Courtesy of the restaurant’s website.

Area restaurants to participate in Night Out for Gulf Seafood

Dine America Louisiana logoThis Wednesday, December 1, Bottega, Highlands Bar & Grill and Little Savannah will join 272+ restaurants participating in a “Night Out for Gulf Seafood.”

The culinary event was organized as “a chef/restaurant statement supporting the Gulf Coast fishing families and their Gulf Seafood catch,” one that organizers hope will result in increased demand from around the world. An Associated Press piece published in the Times Picayune back in October points out just how much of a hit the seafood industry is still taking as a result of the Gulf Coast oil spill in April.

A website and Facebook fan page directs supporters to an online auction that will include cookbooks donated by some of the participating restaurants as well as additional information about the event, its supporters and information to help restaurants take part. The coolest option for those of you visiting the site from outside the Southeastern United States is the map that allows you to see which restaurants are participating near you.

Image: Dine America Louisiana logo. Courtesy official website.