Strawberry Jam part of f armers market events

The Red Stick Farmers Market will celebrate Louisiana’s strawberry harvest with its annual Strawberry Jam Saturday morning in downtown Baton Rouge. Shoppers will find flats of berries as well as strawberry jam, wine, pastries, pies, salad dressings and strawberry plants.

Chef Troy Deano of Louisiana Culinary Institute will demonstrate recipes featuring strawberries during the Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration hosted by chef Celeste Gill at 10 a.m. inside Main Street Market, the indoor public marketplace at Fifth and Main streets.

Throughout the morning, there will be face painting by Liz Lopes, special strawberry giveaways at the coffee booth, a strawberry kids art activity, and music from the local Lagniappe Dulcimer Society. Children ages 12 and under can visit the Red Stick Sprouts tent to learn about the Sprouts kids club and sign up to win a pint of strawberries. The market’s coffee booth will also feature strawberry giveaways and recipe cards.

The Red Stick Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday on Fifth Street at Main Street. There is free parking for farmers market and Main Street Market shoppers in the Galvez Garage, which also serves as the Red Stick Market rain location.

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

Dining Out for Life event slated April 30

Nine Capital City restaurants will donate 25 percent of their proceeds on April 30 to the third annual Dining Out For Life in Baton Rouge. The event is hosted by HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two Inc.

The local restaurants participating in the annual dining event to raise money for AIDS service organizations are 18 Steak, Beausoleil, Bistro Byronz, Boil & Roux, Burgersmith, The Jambalaya Shoppe, Mellow Mushroom, Mestizos and Monjunis.

Baton Rouge is No. 2 for AIDS cases and No. 4 for HIV cases in the United States, According to HAART.

A news release said HAART assists more than 2,000 people statewide with health insurance services while helping more than 500 people with other critical services, such as primary care, medications, transportation to medical appointments and other supportive services.

Dining Out For Life was created in 1991 by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia .

More information about HAART can be found at For restaurant information, go to

Gourmet in the Garden benefit slated May 1

Tickets are on sale for Gourmet in the Garden: A Progressive Dinner in the Gardens, a fundraiser benefitting LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 1 in the Botanic Gardens at 4560 Essen Lane. Tickets are $60 at Tickets at the door will be $70 and subject to availability. Must be 21 years old to attend.

Latin Corner to host guest chef dinner

The Latin Corner restaurant in Morgan City has begun hosting quarterly dining experiences promoting young guest chefs.

The second event in the series will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday. It will feature Logan Parker of Dansereau House in Thibodaux.

Parker will prepare a four-course spring menu that will include a choice of scallops, red drum or fillet of beef with wine pairing. Cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity.

For information or reservations, call (985) 385-2404. The restaurant is at 201 Railroad Ave., Morgan City.

Compiled by Advocate staff