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Bon Temps Rouler

Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) will be celebrated in New Orleans on Feb. 27. But Peabody's Restaurant, 423 Elmwood Ave., is looking to the famed wild Carnevale in Brazil, also observed on Fat Tuesday, for its inspiration. Brazilian Carnevale food features seafood, coconut milk, cilantro and hot pepper. So Peabody's plans to feature fresh lobster in a cream sauce baked inside half a pineapple, a soup made with shrimp, coconut milk and who knows what other delicacies. And just to be fair, chef and co-owner David Zmitrewicz says the restaurant will feature its Cajun and Creole specials, too. Reservations are recommended.

Wine schedule

The Greater Buffalo Chapter of the Tasters Guild has planned Tuesday wine tastings through spring. Tuesday is a Riedel stemware tasting, in which various vintages will be compared in Riedel goblets and conventional goblets. March 13 will be devoted to California vs. Australian wines, April 10 to William Fevre Chablis and June 12 to the wines of Alsace. All meetings are held in the Eagle House Restaurant in Williamsville at 8 p.m. and are open to non-members by reservation. They generally include what would be considered a substantial main dish. Please call 634-2456 for more information.

Clean plate alert

According to a recent survey commissioned by the American Institute for Cancer Research, restaurants continue to compete for customer dollars by offering ever-larger portions - and most Americans are unblinkingly gobbling up the extra grub. That kind of passive eating, the AICR warns, can lead to obesity and a host of chronic health problems. A full 67 percent of Americans said they finish their entrees most of the time or all the time; men were four times more likely to do this than women. The institute is urging those who feel their portions are too large to let their favorite restaurants know how they feel about it.

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