What’s Happening for April 24, 2014

Red Stick Market holding Strawberry Jam

The Red Stick Farmers Market will celebrate the Louisiana strawberry harvest in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday morning with its annual Strawberry Jam.

Shoppers will be able to purchase flats of berries as well as strawberry jam, wine, pastries, pies and strawberry plants.

Also, chefs from the Louisiana Culinary Institute will demonstrate kid-friendly recipes during the Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. inside Main Street Market. Children 12 and under are encouraged to visit the Red Stick Sprouts tent to learn about the kids club and participate in a gardening activity.

The John Gray Jazz Trip will entertain customers throughout the morning, and shoppers may stop by the market information booth for strawberry recipes and giveaways.

The farmers market is open from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday at Fifth and Main streets. Free parking is available in the Galvez Garage, which also serves as the Red Stick Farmers Market rain location.

The Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market also has resumed operations. It operates weekly, weather permitting, on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Scotlandville Branch, 7373 Scenic Highway; and from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Star Hill Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive.

On Thursdays, it is at Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St., from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; and at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St., from noon to 2 p.m.

The Tuesday Farmers Market at 8470 Goodwood Boulevard will reopen for the spring season in May. The Thursday Farmers Market operates behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center (6400 Perkins Road), on Irene Boulevard, from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information about the markets, contact Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance at (225) 267-5060.

C rawfish-eating event seeking contestants

Cajun Livin’ n Cookin’ and the River Parishes Jaycees are seeking contestants for their inaugural Ascension Parish Crawfish Eating Contest on Saturday morning.

The event also will feature a crawfish boil-off among 15 contestants. The event, held at the Galvez Hardware Store, 41049 Louisiana 42, Prairieville, will open to the public at 9 a.m.

For those interested in the eating contest, it will be a head-to-head bracket tournament for $20 per person. All but $3 from each entry will go to the winner of the crawfish-eating contest. The remaining $3 per entry will go to the River Parish Jaycees who are in the process of forming a chapter.

Judging for the crawfish boiling contest will be at 11:30 a.m., when boiled crawfish will be available for purchase by the public. Contact Rodney Dupuy at (225) 328-6735 or stop by the Galvez Hardware Store for more information.

Churchill’s schedules West Coast wine tasting

Churchill’s, the wine and cigars lounge at 7949 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, will hold a West Coast wine tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

The $15 admission charge will be applied to purchase of any of the wines tasted.

The tasting will feature Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé, Columbia Valley, Highway 12 Carneros Chardonnay, Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend, Barnard Griffin Merlot, Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon and Highway 12 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Call (225) 927-4211.

Author to discuss N.O. ethnic eateries

Author Ann Benoit will discuss New Orleans’ top 100 ethnic restaurants at 2 p.m. Sunday at the French Market Fare Demonstration Stage, between Ursulines and Governor Nicholls streets.

The culinary event, free and open to the public, is hosted by the SoFAB staff. For more information, go to southernfood.org or frenchmarket.org.

NOWFE announces 2014 Seminar Series

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has scheduled its 2014 Seminar Series, which is part of the four-day event.

Celebrating its 22nd year, NOWFE will take place May 21–24.

Seminar Series attendees will discover the hottest trends in wine and food with seminars such as “I Get a Kick from Crémant;” “Tour d’Grand Cru,” a rare tasting opportunity at which the Bernard Retornaz, president of Louis Latour, will walk attendees through each of the wines, commenting on their quality and vintage-specific characteristics.

“Déjà Vu in the Vieux Carré,” will focus on the French Quarter’s revitalization, renovation and revision of some of the city’s most revered dining establishments, as well as newer restaurants that now call the Vieux Carré home.

Other events will include wine dinners hosted by more than 30 New Orleans-area restaurants and visiting wine makers; Vinola, a tasting event; and the Royal Street Stroll presented by Rouses, NOWFE’s signature event set in the French Quarter.

Traveling food photos exhibit opens in N.O.

A traveling exhibit of photographs by Becky Luigart-Stayner highlighting “The Art of Alabama Food” is on display at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans, through Monday .

The 36 images selected from the Alabama Tourism Department’s brochure “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” can be seen from noon to 8 p.m. through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

Compiled by Advocate staff