Side Dish: Life Begins @ 50

The Food staff’s annual presentation at The Advocate and WBRZ Channel 2’s Life Begins @ 50 Expo Saturday will offer ideas for quick and delicious meals for one or two.

This year’s show will have a new look: live cooking on stage by a trained chef.

Starting at 9 a.m., What a Crock! columnist Julie Kay and I will be joined on stage by Jeremy Langlois, executive chef of the Houmas House restaurants at Burnside.

He will demonstrate how to make a perfect crab cake and put a new spin on shrimp and grits. You’ll learn to prepare paneed chicken with marsala sauce and taste Langlois’ signature bisque of curried pumpkin, crawfish and corn.

Come see us Saturday on the expo’s main stage at the Baton Rouge River Center Exhibition Hall.

You’ll also hear about new products and trends, get free recipes and sample Langlois’ dishes.

Seats and food are limited to the first 125 people.

More to do

The Life Begins @ 50 Expo will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge River Center Exhibition Hall. Admission is free, and parking in the East and West garages is free.

However, free tickets are required for the door prize drawings and can be picked up at exhibitor locations. They will also be available at the show.

The expo will feature seminars, screenings and stage presentations. Among the events will be a fashion show by Macy’s, a Zumba Gold presentation where the audience will be encouraged to join in and a ballroom dancing exhibition.

You can visit vendors who will offer screenings for such things as blood pressure, cholesterol, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke risk assessment and body fat analysis.

Don’t miss this one-stop place for the 50-plus market. Life Begins @ 50 is sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group.

Cookbook signing

Kay, The Advocate’s slow-cooker expert, will be at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, at 2 p.m. Saturday to talk about quick, easy and budget-friendly slow-cooking meals.

She also will be signing copies of her cookbook, “Slow Cookin’ in the Fast Lane.”

Cheramie Sonnier is The Advocate’s Food editor. Her email address is