What’s Happening for April 3, 2014

Slow Food Baton Rouge fundraiser set Sunday

Slow Food Baton Rouge will hold its fourth annual fundraiser, “Dinner in the Field,” on Sunday at Afton Villa Gardens, 9047 Highway 61, north of St. Francisville.

The event, which celebrates local food traditions, farms, chefs, music and art, will begin at 3 p.m. with a social. A six-course dinner will follow at 5 p.m. and will feature locally grown foods.

Participating chefs include: Elton and Randee Hyndman, Nino’s Italian; Eric Arceneaux, City Club; Scott Varnedoe, IPO Restaurant; Don Bergeron, Chef Don Bergeron Enterprises; Jason Roland, Heirloom Cuisine; John Breaux; Kevin Dragon; and James and Lina Jacobs, Magpie Cafe.

Proceeds will benefit Slow Food Baton Rouge programming such as its farm-to-school pilot program, “Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge.”

Tickets are $140 per person or $1,600 for a table for eight with complementary Champagne. To purchase tickets or for information, go to slowfoodbr.org.

The nonprofit Slow Food Baton Rouge is a chapter of Slow Food USA.

Jambalaya to benefit BR Cancer Services

The annual jambalaya sale by Knights of Columbus Councils 8878 and 3331 to benefit Cancer Services of Great Baton Rouge will be held at noon April 25 at Cancer Services’ headquarters at 550 Lobdell Ave.

Cost is $10 per plate. The lunch will include jambalaya, salad, bread and dessert.

To order, call (225) 927-2273. Free delivery is available for orders of 20 or more.

Cancer Services is a local, independent nonprofit United Way Member Agency established in 1959 and serves a 10-parish area: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.

N.O. Vendy Awards today at French Market

The Second Annual New Orleans Vendy Awards will take place from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Historic French Market. The entrance will be at Barracks Street between French Market Place and North Peters Street.

The nine cook-off finalists are Crepes a la cart, Empanada Intifada, Food Drunk Food Truck, Foodie Call, Frencheeze Food Truck, Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls, La Cocinita, Miss Linda (AKA The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady), and The Nola Truck.

The Vendys are a cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs in the city and a fundraiser to support culinary entrepreneurs and the sustainable food movement. Cost is $6 for pay-as-you-go tickets; $24, general admission; $36, premium tickets; and $15, general admission kids (over 6). For more details, visit vendyawards.streetvendor.org/neworleans.

Compiled by Advocate staff