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Nu Cuisine Lounge changes up its menu monthly, and the new one for October fits with fall and the harvest season with such entrees as Cornish game hen with candied pears, roasted beef tenderloin with chorizo sausage and cheddar pierogi and proscuitto-wrapped diver scallops with gorgonzola savory custard. Also, the restaurant, at the corner of Cumberland and East Markham streets, has several French-inspired events lined up for the coming weeks:

• A French champagne dinner, with four premier champagnes paired with such entrees as sugar cane grilled baby lobster, on Oct. 26;

• “Live and Eat Like a French Woman” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 with wine consultant Lorri Hambuchen and Susan Henry, the owner of Cobblestone and Vine, divulging secrets of French style. The menu is inspired by recipes from the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” and French champagnes as well as wines are paired with the courses.

• The Beaujolais Nouveau Festival on Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., as the annual release of the wine is celebrated with a menu of hearty French fare served family style.

There are other special events planned through the rest of 2006. For reservations or more information, call 378-7500 or visit the restaurant’s website at www.nucuisine-lounge.com.

As was reported on the Arkansas News blog on our website last week, the Tia’s Tex-Mex Mexican restaurant chain based in Lubbock, Texas, said it was shutting down due to rising costs in the industry, meaning that the Tia’s locations in West Little Rock and on Warden Road in North Little Rock would be closing.

Know of any restaurant news, new menu additions or other happenings in the dining business? Please e-mail jim@arktimes.com.



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