Did you know that the pecan comes from the only nut tree native to North America? Reward yourself for learning something new on Pecan Day with three nutty new creations at Chocolate South that go together like - well, we can't think of anything that goes together better than chocolate and pecans. This Saturday, set sail for The Optimist's NOLA-themed patio party complete with a special "Hoptimist" cask ale brewed by nearby Red Hare Brewery for just $5 a pour. Impressed by the crew? Cast your vote for Adam Evans, executive chef at The Optimist, for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef® 2014 award. All this and more in this week's Dish!