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Chef Curtis Stone
plans show at Tanger

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone will celebrate gourmet food trucks during an appearance at the Taste and Style Event! at the Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Gonzales from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Stone will demonstrate his signature recipes during his cooking show.

Go to http://www.tangeroutlet.com for more information and to register for a chance to win a three-day, two-night trip to Los Angeles to dine with Stone at the Beverly Hills restaurant THE Blvd.

Stone, a native of Australia, is the author of five cookbooks and host of Bravo’s television program “Top Chef Masters.”

Urban agriculture classes start Saturday

Slow Food Baton Rouge will hold a series of urban agriculture classes at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane.

The schedule includes Basic Organic Gardening, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; Gardening in Small Spaces, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; Citrus Tree Pruning, 10 a.m. to noon April 13; Beginner Backyard Chickens, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 20; Composting, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 23; and Fermentation, 10 a.m. April 27.

All classes are taught by local experts. There is a suggested $5 donation per class, except for the Saturday class, which will be $25. Register at http://www.slowfoodbr.org.

Event to showcase local farm products

Tickets are still available for the upcoming Louisiana Feast of Fields: A Gastronomic Gala sponsored by the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, Louisiana Agribusiness Council and Louisiana Culinary Institute. Ticket price is $65.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 12 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.

Students from Louisiana Culinary Institute will prepare a five-course meal featuring local agricultural and fishery products under the direction of chef Ryan André, of Le Creolé in Baton Rouge.

Guest speaker will be Mike Strain, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

The event’s goal is to showcase the quality and variety of products available from Louisiana farmers to local chefs with the hope to inspire a relationship between the two, organizers said.

During the reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., there will be appetizer stations where local farmers and fishermen will pair with the chefs to showcase their products to guests. Wine pairings will be provided for each course of the dinner, which will be served at 7 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online using PayPal at the websites of the Agribusiness Council, http://www.agribusinessla.org, and the Louisiana Culinary Institute, http://www.lci.edu.

Checks may be mailed to the Agribusiness Council office, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043.

Gourmet crawfish festival set April 18

The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society and Mockler Beverage will host CrawFête, a gourmet crawfish festival on April 18.

The event at Mockler Beverage, 11811 Reiger Road, Baton Rouge, will feature crawfish dishes prepared by chefs from Baton Rouge restaurants served with craft beers, wines and spirits from Mockler Beverage.

Participating restaurants include Bin 77, Blend Wine Bar, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Culinary Productions, Galatoire’s Bistro, Hot Tails Restaurant, Juban’s, Latil’s Landing, Mansurs on the Boulevard, Ruffino’s, Sammy’s, Stroubes Seafood and Steak and Sullivan’s.

Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit local childhood health and nutrition programs.

Visit http://www.crawfetebr.com or call (225) 773-4889.

Crawfish cook-off, beer festival planned

NEW ORLEANS — The fourth annual Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-off and Beer Festival will start at 11 a.m. April 20 at River City Plaza at Mardi Gras World.

More than 50 teams will compete in a crawfish-cooking competition, local music and a cask-aged beer garden hosted by the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild.

Admission is free, but advance VIP tickets can be purchased for $50 until April 15 and $60 after that will allow attendees to eat and drink all day. Separate food and drink tickets will be available at the event.

The family-friendly festival benefits the Drew Rodrigue Foundation, a nonprofit organization that celebrates heroes in the face of adversity in honor of local football coach Drew Rodrigue, a news release says.

Visit http://www.bugsandbrew.com.

Compiled by
The Advocate Food staff

The story was changed Friday, April 5, 2013, to correct the date of chef Curtis Stone’s appearance at Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Gonzales.