Whole Foods Market Baton Rouge, 7529 Corporate Blvd., has slated a beer tasting, cooking classes, a cheese sampling program and a chance for kids to take photos in a Halloween pumpkin patch.
To register for any of the programs, call (225) 218-0452 or visit the store’s Guest Services desk.
The Whole Foods Market Beer Club will meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to taste seasonal and traditional German brews paired with cheeses and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $15 per adult.
From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, there will be a tasting class featuring dishes from the Junior League of Baton Rouge’s cookbook, “River Road Recipes IV: Warm Welcomes.”
The cookbook will be available for purchase after the class, which is limited to 15 guests.
One of the store’s certified cheese professionals will conduct a Cheese 101 class, discussing and sampling cheeses from around the world, from 10 a.m. to 11 am. Oct. 19.
Tracey Koch and Stephanie Riegel will offer a hands-on Kids Dish class from 11 am. to noon Oct. 20 for ages 7 to 12. Cost is $10 per child.
From noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 27, store employees will share Halloween treats while children take photos in a pumpkin patch. Cost is free.
NATCHEZ, MISS . — Two antebellum homes will be the setting for an evening of classical music and dining during the Natchez Fall Pilgrimage on Friday and Saturday.
At 6 p.m., guests will be offered wine while listening to pianist Joe Stone performing music by Chopin, Liszt, Gottschalk and Debussy in his home, the J. N. Stone House, 804 Washington St.
Dinner, served at 7:30 p.m., will be held across the street at The Elms, 801 Washington St., where owner/chef Esther Carpenter will serve a four-course dinner with wines.
Price for the evening is $85 per person.
The menu will feature braised chestnut soup; apple cream and crispy duck confit; mixed baby lettuces with goat cheese and Champagne vinaigrette; and roast rack of lamb with puréed beets, parsnips and sweet potatoes or seafood fricassee with saffron, fennel and leeks.
Dessert will be pumpkin mousse with gingersnaps and maple crème fraïche.
Advance reservations are required. Contact The Elms at (601) 445-5979 or J. N. Stone House at (601) 445-7466 or go to http://www.natchezantebellumtours.com.
THIBODAUX — The Nicholls CAN! food drive, a new twice-a-year initiative benefitting local food banks, is collecting nonperishable food and cash donations through Oct. 15.
In addition to donations being placed throughout the Nicholls State University campus and at Thibodaux businesses, the drive has expanded into Houma and is being integrated into homecoming activities, which end Oct. 14.
The drive will benefit food banks in Houma, Morgan City and Dulac.
The Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants at 525 Fulton St. in Harrah’s Hotel, New Orleans, and 620 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette, will host five-course port dinners on Oct. 18.
The Lafayette dinner will get under way at 6:30 p.m. while the New Orleans location will hold its dinner at 7 p.m.
The two Louisiana restaurants are among 51 Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants nationwide participating with Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca to hold the dinners, which will feature a port cocktail as well as pair the variety of styles, from white to tawny to vintage, with each of the five courses.
Cost for the Louisiana dinners are $115 per person.
For a list of participating restaurants, to see the menu and to make reservations, go to http://www.ruthschris.com/Promotions/PortWine or call the New Orleans location at (504) 587-7099 or the Lafayette location at (337) 237-6123.
Advocate Food staff
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