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Q.t About00 Fl---ne Fo-"'--od &-"Entert-----aln--men----t The Porch Rockers Reed Allemann Band shares the bill at Roussel & Co. on Saturday Porch Rocker Glen "Spyder" Austin on bass and squeezebox (Times Photos) Is he really all that crazy? Crazy Dave Berwick has been saying for years that the chairs that cover the Strawberry Festival Grounds are ru- ining the festival. But no one will listen to him and no one seems to agree with him that the chairs are ruining the festival. Crazy at the Thursday meeting of the Ponchatoula Rotary said since he could not get the chairs barred from the grounds he would buy a chair and join in the sitting. Crazy does not hold a grudge, as was evident by him pre- senting a chair to Jeff Wright (left) and Tommy Cooper (right) who he says have been staunch supporters of the chairs. (Times Photo) Chris Roussei hosts another great concert downtown Saturday night the planned outdoor concert hosted by Roussel and Co. got forced indoors by the rain. The Porch Rockers ded- icated a song to the memory of Millville's Michael Kittok. (Times Photos) Chef Phil O'Donnell at O'Donnell's. We beat Com- mander's Palace and Gala- toire's, which gave me the hoaor of representing Louisiana at the Epcot Center with Chefs John Folse and John Besh. We each prepared a course representing Louisiana, putting on a dinner for 500. It was a lot of fun cook- ing in the great kitchen at Dis- neyworld and teaching others how to cook Louisiana cuisine." Appointed to head the dining room is Mitch Ruibal. O'Donnell has several bar- keeps on the team with Mitch, whose signature libation is the Mandarin Cosmo, which is now the restaurant's specialty [[ba- tiin. He ,also breathed newlife into O'Donnell's happy hour 2-7 p.m. daily with two-for-one well drinks, $10 bottomless mimosas on Saturday, a featured martini every day and $1.50 prices for domestic beers and $2.50 for AMANDAPITTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY* Enjoy the memories from the Krewe of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade with a commemorative CD from local Photographer Amanda Pittman CDs available with photographs from Queen's Tea, Parade & Ceili Email: Amanda@AmandaPittmanPhotography.com FROM PAGE ONE imports, and other two-for-one specials, depending on the day. Even more significantly for a restaurant, Mitch Ruibal worked with the chef to build up O'Donnell's wine stocks, introducing them as featured specials during the new happy hour, at special prices. "We add- ed a couple new Italian wines just yesterday. Our wine list now reflects the globe," said O'Donnell. The wines will accompany the new happy hour menu con- taining Phil's mini crab cakes, fried calamari, almond crusted shrimp and more. He is also adding a children's menu in a bid to attract more families. "Our current staff and ou atmosphere are Unique," said O'Donnell, who is working with Nancy Lowentritt and other lo- cal artists to bring back the air of an art gallery to the restau- rant's walls. "We have some Ju- lia Sims photographs hanging here. I hope to revitalize the art on he walls. We have so many talented artists in this region. "The privately-owned res- taurant will shine through the chains because of our friendli- ness, our willingness to please. You come in and say, 'I'm in the mood for seafood and I want it served family-style.' I will make it with love and passion, espe- cially for you. To be a destina- tion restaurant, you have to be unique, offer fine dining in the evening. O'Donnell says he gets along well with Saul Rubio, the owner of nearby ROX, and with him hopes to establish a restaurant district in the heart of America's Antique City. THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, MARCH 28, 2013, PAGE 3';" Holy Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m. Seder Supper, St. Albert SLU Catholic Student Center and Chapel, 409 West Dakota St., Hammond, a recreation of the Last Supper, the Seder meal upon which the Catholic Mass is based. A Mass will follow. Saturday, March 30, 9:30 a.m. - Jimmy Kuhn-Philip Hextall Easter Bonnet Stroll, downtown Ponchatoula. Ladies wear their bonnets, gentlemen dress up in boaters, coat and tie. Lunch and a Easter Bonnet Contest follows. Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Antique Car show put on by the Florida Parishes Vin- tage Car Club on the grounds of John Evans' Community Mo- tors. Free Admission, always fun, New cars too! -. Easter Sunday, March 34 - Worship at the church of your] choice. Watch out for bunni carrying baskets. Jazzy Alma at Roussel's J Easter Jazz Buffet \\; Carter Plantation Sunday, March 31st 2013 Join us at Carter Plantation in the Magnolia Ballroom. There will be four seatings starting at 11:30am, 12:00pm, l:00pm, & 1:30 pm. Soup Station Crawfish Bisque Smoked Chicken, Andouille and Okra Gumbo Salad Station Greens- Young Spring Greens, Hearts of Romaine, Baby Spinach, Organic Arugula Dressings - Sugarcane Vinaigrette, Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette, Creamy Caesar, Buttermilk Rance and more... Accompaniments and Toppers Active Pasta Station Tri Color 0recchiette Pasta, Sauteed Shrimp or Marinted Grilled Chicken Breast, Basil Pesto, Romano Mornay, Red Sauce and more... Mains and Sides Seared Beef Tips, Marchand Da Vin, Bronzed Mahi Mahi, Crawfish N.0. BBQ Butter, Creamy Chevre Cheese Grits, Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Cane Vinegar Sauce, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Corn Relish, Romoulade and more... Assorted Pastries from Cocoa Bean Some items subject to change with availability $34.95 per adult $14.95 per child (5-12) $6.95 per child (0-4) Reservations required -- Limited Seating. Call 225.294.7555 www.CarterPlantation.com 23475  .... 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