Chefs Evening planned March 8 at SLU

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Chefs Evening will provide a “taste of the Northshore” from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 8 at the new Student Union Ballroom in Hammond.

The annual event, which features food from local restaurants, silent auctions, wine tasting, an open bar and a live band, generates discretionary funds for the enhancement of academic programming at Southeastern.

Participating restaurants and beverage companies include Aramark Classic Fare Catering; Benedicts Plantation; Buddies Bar and Grill; Cate Street; Champagne Beverage; Cocoa Bean Bakery and Café; Crescent Bar; Don’s Seafood; Eddie’s Frozen Custard; Jacmel Inn; Gnarly Barley; Hammond High ProStart; Roux & Brew; Jim Carey Distributing; Little Miss Winnie’s: L’Auberge Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel; The Caboos; The Panini Bistro at North Cypress Fitness; PJ’s Coffee; Tope La; Trey Yuen; and Yum Yum Bakery.

Tickets may be purchased to Chefs Evening or to both Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast, hosted by President John Crain at the University Residence.

Individual tickets to Chefs Evening are $75, a ticket plus a signature wine glass is $85, and a ticket to both the President’s Toast and Chefs Evening is $125.

A patron table is $1,500 . A Chefs Evening reserved table for six with six wine glasses is $600. To order tickets, patron tables or for more information, call 985-549-2239, email or visit

Compiled by Advocate staff

Southern Food, Beverage Museum sets kids event

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, will admit Louisiana children and their families free on Saturday, just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year’s traditions and treats.

A hands-on demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday will feature activities designed to teach kids about the traditions celebrated during Chinese New Year, which falls on Thursday, Feb. 19, this year.

Each participant will get a Chinese takeout box to fill with goodies made and decorated at different stations. The final table will contain icing, sprinkles and Chinese butter cookies that each child can decorate and take home, along with a piece of lucky citrus fruit.

For free admittance, accompanying adults must show a valid Louisiana driver’s license. Compiled by Advocate staff