Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A weekly feature, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.

Tables & Tunes dinner series returns next week

Maureen Joyce of MJ’s Café will host another edition of her monthly music dinner series, Tables & Tunes, at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

Joyce said the series started about three years ago. At Tables & Tunes, patrons can hear local music as well as have dinner in the small restaurant at 671 Jefferson Highway.

Next week will feature music from Matthew Schwartz of Pacifico and a four-course meal. The menu has pumpkin soup, organic baby green salad, spinach and pepper quiche, and apple spice cake with salted caramel gelato. Tickets are $35 per person. Reservations are required. Call (225) 933-5569 for more information.

Chefs and bartenders to compete in Slow Food Fall Heat

Slow Food’s annual fall showcase returns Sunday, Oct. 18. This year’s event starts at 4 p.m. at the Burden Center at 4560 Essen Lane. In addition to the chef’s competition, this year’s Fall Heat will also include a bartender competition, bonfire and live music from Ben Bell, Denton Hatcher, Clay Parker and Jodi James.

This year’s chefs include Joseph Graves of Portobello’s Grill and Andy Papson of Tallulah. Ben Moore from Lock & Key Whiskey Bar, Jessica Torres from Beausoleil and Todd Key from Duvic’s are among the bartenders who will compete. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, visit

Matherne’s weekly wine dinners still going strong

For around 15 years, Matherne’s Supermarket at 7355 Highland Road has hosted weekly wine dinners. Store manager Bill Hounshell said the events began as a way to introduce customers to a new way of thinking about wine.

“It doesn’t always have to be a special occasion to drink wine,” he said.

While it may be too late to make reservations for this Friday’s dinner, Hounshell and wife/general manager of the events, Kathy, are already preparing for service on Friday, Oct. 9. The dinner starts with a reception at 6:40 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. in the market’s “tasting room.”

Next week’s event spotlights wines from Duckhorn Vineyards and others. The menu includes fried local farm-raised catfish, an apple salad, strawberry jam-glazed pork tenderloin, blue cheese and fig flat bread and prime rib. The cost is $75 per person. To make a reservation, call (225) 767-0074.

Restaurant association’s Taste of the South scheduled for Oct. 22

The Greater Baton Rouge chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association will host a four-course wine dinner, silent auction and cooking class later this month as part of its Taste of the South event.

The party starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge. Tickets are $100 per person.

Featured chefs at the event include Cody Carroll of Sac-a-Lait, Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, Tenney Flynn of GW Fins and Gus Martin of Dickie Brennan & Co. For more information, visit

Bin 77’s Dickensauge named Chef to Watch

A Baton Rougean is getting some high praise for his cooking. Bin 77’s executive chef David Dickensauge has been named a 2015 Chef to Watch by “Louisiana Cookin” magazine.

The award celebrates passionate local chefs who possess an understanding and respect for the state’s unique culinary legacy while exhibiting drive and creativity needed to engage modern diners.

The announcement comes right as Dickensauge, a Mississippi native, is working on opening a new restaurant in Gulfport to be called Corks & Cleaver Wine Bistro. The chef will split him time between his latest food venture and Bin 77.

A seated dinner to honor the Chefs to Watch will take place Monday, Oct. 19 at Sac-a-Lait in New Orleans on 1051 Annunciation St. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit a scholarship fund for the Louisiana Culinary Institute. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, visit

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