Belle B has added chef Stephen Jones; The Lighthouse's new club; wine tasting at the Tobacco Company; this year's Festival of India 


in North Side has added former Tavern on the Green sous chef Stephen Jones. In his new role as executive chef he has helped reintroduce southern European cuisine to the menu, including one of his signature entrées from Tavern, seared sea scallops and domestic foie gras.

If you decide to eat at The Lighthouse on West Main Street soon, make plans to go upstairs for a visit to the establishment's new club, which they are calling . They plan to host live music four nights a week, with open mic night Wednesdays, rotating acts Thursdays, the Kevin Gaines Quintet (jazz) Fridays and various jazz groups Saturdays. 1627 W. Main St. 353-2913.

Never be afraid to start your holiday celebrations early, especially if you need ideas for your own holiday parties. Try the wine tasting at on Wednesday, held in celebration of Virginia Wine Month. Representatives from several wineries will pour samples and answer questions. The bonus this year is a small fashion show by DM Williams Ltd. Takes place Oct. 18, 7-9 p.m. Make reservations at 782-9555, ext. 210. 1201 E. Cary St.

Pass the lassi — it's an Indian yogurt-based drink also referred to as nectar of the gods. At this year's Festival of India you'll also find dosai (South Indian pancakes), rasgollas (sweet balls) and plenty of other culinary adventure. After you fill up on eats, wander around the Oriental Bazaar for shopping and live entertainment, not to mention the chance to get to know another culture. Alas, we go for the Indian beer. The Festival of India is held Saturday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-8 p.m.) at the Richmond Centre. 4th and Marshall streets. www.hinducenterofvirginia.com.

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