Advocate Food staff

Women Chefs’ Show Off to benefit center

The 18th annual Women Chefs’ Show Off benefitting the Iris Domestic Violence Center will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 2 at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel-Atrium in downtown Baton Rouge.

Participating restaurants and caterers include Don’s Seafood & Steakhouse; Ruffino’s Restaurant; Chef Don Bergeron Enterprises & Mid City Market; Don’s Seafood Hut of Gonzales; Bistro Byronz; Mestizos; Juban’s; Le CreolĂ©; Kristenwood Catering; Little Village; Oak Lodge Reception; Serop’s; and LPK Bar & Grill.

Also participating are Louisiana Egg Commission; Cookies by Gail; Sweet Impressions Bakery & CafĂ©; Capital Area Technical College; Blend Wine Bar; Kleinpeter Farms Dairy LLC; Woman’s Hospital; Louisiana Culinary Institute; Capital City Produce; Papa Murphy’s; Community Coffee; and Coca Cola of Baton Rouge.

Funds raised will go to support the Iris Domestic Violence Center, formerly operating as CAFVIC/The Battered Women’s Program.

Tickets are $70 each and tables for 10 are $650. For ticket and sponsorship information, call (225) 389-3001.

Restaurants helping in HIV/AIDS fight

Five Baton Rouge restaurants are participating in Thursday’s Dining Out for Life International to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Bistro Byronz, California Pizza Kitchen, Mestizo Restaurant, Monjunis and Stroubes Seafood and Steaks are donating a percentage of their day’s proceeds to the registered local AIDS service organization, HAART, or HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two Inc.

“Baton Rouge is now No. 1 for AIDS cases in the U.S. and HAART needs ample funding to continue our efforts to serve families impacted by this disease,” according to the website,

Dining Out for Life International hosted by Subaru is an annual fund-raising event for AIDS service organizations across the country.

Dozens of New Orleans restaurants will be participating in the New Orleans Dining Out for Life event, which is scheduled July 18.

For more information, go to or call (504) 821-2601.

N.O. fplanning ood museum programs

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, of New Orleans, is offering programs on pasta making for Girl Scouts and a free program on Cajun dishes.

The “Spices and History With Cajun C.J.’s” program, which is free, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the French market Fare Demonstration Stage, between Ursulines and Governor Nicholls streets.

SoFAB staff each week hosts a cooking demonstration or culinary conversation at the Farmers Market stage. Visit or for more information.

The museum is teaming with the Girl Scouts Louisiana Headquarters to present hourlong workshops on the art of pasta -making for Girl Scout troops on May 4. Girls will learn the basics of pasta-making and will get to take home the pasta they make.

Workshops will be held at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. May 4 and troops must schedule a time by calling (504) 569-0405 or emailing

Cost is $8 per Girl Scout. The workshops will be held at the Girl Scout Louisiana Headquarters at 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans.

Farm to table symposium slated

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and SoFAB Institute have teamed up to produce a Farm to Table International Symposium on Aug. 2-4 to explore “the cultivation, distribution and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally,” a news release says.

The event will take place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s annual Foodservice & Hospitality Expo.

For information on exhibiting, contact the symposium’s conference director, Jimmy Mouton, at (504) 582-3000 or

SoFAB includes the FoFAB Center for Food Law; Policy & Culture; the Southern Food & Beverage Museum; Museum of the American Cocktail; and SoFAB Media.

Compiled by Food staff