Galatoire’s Restaurant Announces Banville Wines Dinner

NEW ORLEANSGalatoire’s Restaurant is pleased to announce an evening with Wine Maker Lia Tolaini presented with Banville Wines and featuring a five-course tasting menu of culinary creations prepared by Galatoire’s Executive Chef Phillip Lopez and tailored to the Banville Wine selection. The dinner will be held at Galerie de Galatoire (211 Royal Street, New Orleans) on Wednesday, May 24, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the evening includes:

Hand-Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Philipponnat Royale Reserve Brut Champagne

Crispy Marinated Artichokes, Preserved Lemon Aioli and Grana Padano Riserva

Goat Cheese Crostini, Pesto alla Trapanese, Cocchi Vermouth Sultanas

Seafood and Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms

Mini Arancini, Prosciutto Cotto, Green Peas and Auricchio Provolone

First Course:

2020 Tolaini ‘Valleunova’ Chianti Classico

Tuscan Ribollita with Spinach, Grilled Bread, Finocchiona

Second Course:

2019 Terlan ‘Vorgerg’ Pinot Bianco Riserva

Artichoke Salad, Parmigiano Reggiano, Capers, Castelvetrano Olives

Third Course:

2016 Tolaini ‘Valdisanti’ Red Blend

Spaghetti Allo Scoglio, Grilled Octopus, Scallop, Shrimp, Cherry Tomatoes

Fourth Course:

2010 Tolaini ‘Picconero’ Red Blend

Coniglio in Agrodolce, Pine Nuts, Bitter Coco, Smoked Sweet Potato

Fifth Course:

2009 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Vin Santo

Vanilla Panna Cotta Tart, Almond Cake Crumble, Italian Pear

Tickets are $145 per person, plus tax and service charge. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or click here.

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About Galatoire’s Restaurant: A national dining institution, Galatoire’s Restaurant was honored with the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant and is consistently named as one of New Orleans’ Top 10 Restaurants by publications and critics worldwide. Galatoire’s has continuously earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and is recognized for its renowned wine list. Saveur also named Galatoire’s Friday Lunch one of its “25 Greatest Meals Ever,” while Bon Appetit magazine has recognized Galatoire’s as one of the nation’s “Top Celebration Restaurants.” For more information visit

About Lia Tolaini-Banville: Lia has held an integral role in the North American wine industry for more than 20 years. She launched her career in 1997 when she opened a retail wine store in Winnipeg with her sister, Tina Jones. In 2004, Lia founded a national wine importing company with her father, Pier Luigi Tolaini, Banville Wine Merchants, based in Manhattan, New York. Today, Banville is a top national importer of 40 wineries from Italy, France, Germany, and England, with a wholesale division distributing over 750 wines in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Oregon. Lia launched a Canadian division of Banville Wine Merchants in Ontario and Manitoba in 2020. Lia also owns the highly-acclaimed Tolaini winery in Tuscany, Italy, and in 2006, Lia conceptualized and developed four wines under her own label: Donna Laura Wines.