After closing in July, Portafino (900 Schechter Dr., Wilkes-Barre Twp.) reopened last week under new management with a new name: Louie’s at Portafino.
Louie’s, owned by the Belletieri family, may be new to NEPA, but this is the restaurant’s second location. The original Louie’s (2071 31st St. SW, Allentown) has been open since 1958.
View its lunch and dinner menus — which feature all sorts of Italian goodness like Sicilian-style New York Strip, hand-tossed pizzas and “Mom Belletieri’s Famous Manicotti” — at www.louiesrestaurant.com. On the Web site you can also buy Louie’s products, like sauces and imported extra virgin olive oil. Louie’s at Portafino is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Rock Bar (745 North St., Luzerne) will have its grand opening celebration Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 featuring the “King of Key West” Matt Avery. There will be food and drink specials and giveaways.
Rock Bar is open Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 a.m. The kitchen is open daily until midnight. For more info on the grand opening, call 570.288.2983. For more info on Avery, visit www.mattavery.com.
There will be an Indian Regional cooking class Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., hosted by Chef Alice Cooking (4714 Ash Dr., Long Pond). Register at www.chefalicecooking.com; the deadline is Thursday, Sept. 24. Participants can get $5 off by entering the coupon code POCONOS at the checkout. This will also work for future classes.
Upcoming Chef Alice Cooking classes include a Knife Skills Class (Sept. 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m.), Tasting Thailand (Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Big Taste, Small Waist: Gourmet Main Course Salads (Oct. 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m.). For more info, call 856.6525 or visit the Web site.
The Wayne County Wine & Cheese Festival 2009 will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Wayne County Fairgrounds (Route 191 North, Honesdale). The event will spotlight five local wineries and five cheese artisans. There will be wine tastings, a “Cheese Cook-off,” music, specialty foods and vendors
Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 day of show. Tickets for designated drivers or those under 21 are $5. For more info, call 570.836.7222 or visit www.nepawinecountry.com.
WVIA will premiere “Hearth and Harvest,” an original documentary Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. at The Campus Theatre (419 Market St., Lewisburg). It will be the opening film of WVIA’s 2009 Documentary Film Festival. “Hearth and Harvest” chronicles a year in the life of Pennsylvania farmers. There are nearly 60,000 farms in the state, which has a $45 billion dollar farming industry.
Tickets to attend the premiere of the film are available in advance. For more info “Hearth and Harvest” and the 2009 Documentary Film Festival, call The Campus Theatre at 570.524.9629. Watch the documentary Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. on WVIA-TV. Visit www.hearthandharvest.org for further info.