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Cooking in Central Cook-off entry deadline nears

Entries are due by Wednesday for the Cooking in Central Cook-off, which will be held May 11.

The cook-off is among the activities scheduled at the annual City of Central fundraiser, which begins at 5 p.m. May 10 at 10305 Blackwater Road, Central.

The Cooking in Central event has raised more than $1 million in the past seven years, the majority of which has benefitted local schools, a news release said.

This year’s event will go to support the Central Veterans Memorial Garden, the Central Community Assistance Foundation and all Central Schools.

Cook-off categories are jambalaya, fried turkey, couchon de lait, pork roast, brisket and barbecued chicken. Entry forms and additional information are available at http://www.CookingInCentral.com.

SoFAB sets cooking, cocktail demos

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will host a kids cooking demonstration and a cocktail-gumbo event.

Kid Chef Eliana de Las Casas will be on the SoFAB French Market Fare Demonstration Stage at 2 p.m. Sunday to show how to make a recipe from her new cookbook, “Cool Kids Cook Louisiana.”

The event is free and open to the public. The stage is located in the Farmers Market between Ursulines and Govenor Nicholls streets.

On Monday, authors and raconteurs Dale DeGroff and Simon Ford will be the guest speakers at the Punch n Rum Gumbo event at SoBou Restaurant, 310 Chartres St. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the seminar begins at 5:30 p.m.

DeGroff and Ford will make punch and rum cocktails and challenge the restaurant’s chef to create a gumbo to complement the rum drinks. Guests will enjoy bites from SoBou along with the beverages.

Tickets are $35 per person, with a 20 percent discount for SoFAB and Museum of the American Cocktail members.

For more information about either event, email kelsey@southernfood.org, call (504) 569-0405 or go to http://southernfood.org. Information and tickets to the SoBou event also are available at http://www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org.

Bayou Boogaloo fest set May 17-19 in N.O.

The MotherShip Foundation will host the eighth annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival May 17-19 along the banks of Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue and North Jefferson Davis Parkway.

The family-friendly, admission-free event will feature 25 food vendors; spirits; local music; a children’s stage; games and activities for kids; the Boogaloo Art Market; and the fourth annual Rubber Duck Derby on May 19 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

In addition, Slow Food Nola and Slow Food International, which are holding their annual conference the same weekend, will have a tent at the Boogaloo festival where they will hold cooking demonstrations and storytelling about local food and Southern culture.

The festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 17, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 18 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19.

Food offerings will include alligator wrap and crab bisque with fries from 4 of US Catering; 12-hour roast beef po-boy with horseradish crème and pickled red onions from Boucherie; Tamales and Cuban sandwiches from Canal Street Bistro; smoked duck boudin with green tomato relish from Ralphs on the Park; baked oysters with spinach chorizo and cheese from Rio Mar; and samosas from Good Karma Prasad Café.

Other participating food vendors are Any Occasion Catering, Big Wii & the Warden, Bozwells Jamaican Cuisine, Bratz Ya’ll, Mid-City Pizza, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Mona’s Café, NOLA Snow Snoballs, Oceana Grill/Olde N’awlins Cookery, Praline Connection, Quintin’s Natural Ice Cream and Sorbet, Crepes à la Cart, Dmac’s Bar & Grill, Katie’s Restaurant, Rouses, Saltwater Grill and Woody’s Fish Tacos.

Beverages will be provided by Bayou Brew, Bayou Daquiris, Louisiana Lemonade and Cool Fruit Sensations.

A portion of the 2013 festival’s proceeds will be used to replace live oak trees lost during Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac on the festival grounds, a news release said.

The MotherShip Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3) organization founded during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina and “dedicated to encouraging social change by bringing forth a higher quality of life for all Louisiana and New Orleans residents through the promotion of arts, culture and recreation,” says its website, http://thebayouboogaloo.com.

Martin Wine Cellar slates wine reception

Tickets are available at all Martin Wine Cellar locations for the fourth annual Tour de Vin reception-style wine tasting in Baton Rouge. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 14 at Juban’s Restaurant.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste more than 100 fine wines from around the world complemented by catering creations from the Juban’s staff.

Tickets are $60 per person and include a $10 gift card toward a purchase. For more information about this event plus tastings at the Metairie location, go to the website http://www.martinwine.com.

Compiled by

Advocate Food staff