Chefs Outreach events set for students, parents

The American Culinary Federation of Greater Baton Rouge and the Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market are hosting Chefs Outreach to the Community Day events in May for students and parents at The Dufrocq School and Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet.

The events, sponsored by the Mayor’s Healthy BR initiative as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Planning Grant awarded to the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, will offer fun and interactive activities to educate children and families about nutrition, healthful eating and Louisiana products.

ACF members will conduct culinary and nutrition-related education stations featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, salads, smoothies and more. Chefs Outreach to the Community Day will be held at The Dufrocq School, 330 S. 19th St., from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday.

The event will include tasting stations offered by culinary students from Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College; a farmers market for students provided by Big River Economic and Agricultural Alliance’s Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market; and fun physical activities in partnership with BREC’s new mobile recreation unit, BREC on the Geaux.

From noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, the event will be held at the weekly Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market stop at Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St., for the students and parents of the foreign language immersion school. Students and parents must register to attend.

The school system received a $45,000 planning grant to work with four elementary schools in communities with low access to healthful foods. Ryan Elementary and University Terrace are the other twoparish schools participating in the program.

Farmers market to host Master Gardeners

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners offer tips and handouts on planting vegetable gardens on Saturday morning at the Red Stick Farmers Market in downtown Baton Rouge.

Children are encouraged to sign up for the Red Stick Sprouts kids club. Face painting also will be available.

Inside Main Street Market, local food blogger and radio host Jay Ducote will be the featured chef for the Fresh From the Market cooking demonstration beginning at 10 a.m. Also, the Lagniappe Dulcimers will be providing music at 8:30 a.m.; and Smiley Anders will be signing copies of his latest book.

The Red Stick Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday at Fifth and Main streets.

The farmers market also operates from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday on Irene Boulevard behind the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road.

Call BREADA at (225) 267-5060.

Martin Wine Cellar sets wine, beer tastings

Martin Wine Cellar has scheduled two reception-style tasting events at its Metairie location and a seated wine tasting event at its Baton Rouge store.

Eleven wines of Argentina, complemented by cheese and charcuterie, will be showcased at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Metairie location, 714 Elmeer Ave. Cost is $20 per person. Also in Metairie, Martin’s will kick off Craft Beer Week with beer and barbecue tastings at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 9. Cost is $20 per person.

Call (504) 896-7300 for information about either event.

An “Around the World Tasting Series” featuring the wines of Spain, Italy and France will be held at Martin Wine Cellar, 7248 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, starting at 7 p.m. May 22. Cost is $35 per person per event.

Each of the three wine tasting events will highlight a different region and focus on the iconic varietals that define it. The tastings include selected wines and light hors d’oeuvres from Martin Wine Cellar Catering. Call (225) 610-1190.

Compiled by Advocate staff