LSU students to hold sweet potato, rice sale

LSU’s Biological Engineering Student Organization is holding its 33rd annual Thanksgiving sweet potato and rice sale fund-raiser from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Nov. 21 and Nov. 24-25 at the John M. Parker Coliseum parking lot at Highland Road and South Stadium Drive. The sale will close at noon on Nov. 26, the day before Thanksgiving.

The sale is the organization’s primary fundraiser, and the student club hopes to use the profits to renovate the biological engineering student lounge and send BESO officers to a national convention, said Christopher Sylvester, BESO president.

Cost for the sweet potatoes is $5 for 5 pounds, $20 for 25 pounds, and $30 for 40 pounds. The rice will sell for $5 for 2 pounds, $9 for 5 pounds and $25 for 20 pounds.

The sweet potato sale originated when Dale Garber, a past BESO president, suggested selling sweet potatoes from his parents’ farm as a way to raise money. The group still sells sweet potatoes from Garber Farms in Iota.

‘Men Are Cooking’ fundraiser set Nov. 22

Young Leaders’ Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc., is looking for men to participate in its “Men Are Cooking” fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 22 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

The men cooks will be asked to prepare their signature dishes for 75 to 100 people to sample. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Meats & Seafood; Vegetables & Sides; Soups, Stews & Gumbos; and Desserts.

The event will be held in St. Luke’s Witter Hall, 8833 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge.

For more information about participating, contact Tonya Robertson at (225) 346-1 583 or email

Tickets to attend the event are also on sale for $25 at the Young Leaders’ Academy office, 419 N 19th St., Baton Rouge, or by calling (225) 346-1583.

Gumbo, potato salad competition planned

River Rats Bar and Grille, 14365 Mecca Road, French Settlement, is hosting a gumbo and potato salad cook-off and sale beginning at 7 a.m. Nov. 22 to benefit the Dreams Come True Foundation.

It is seeking contestants for both contests. Entry fee is $50 for the gumbo contest and $20 for the potato salad contest. Deadline to enter is Nov. 19.

Gumbo competitors must cook at least 3 gallons of any type gumbo on site although some preparations may be done the night before. Gumbos must be turned in for judging at 11:30 a.m. Food will be sold to the public beginning at 11:30 a.m. Trophies and money will be awarded to the top three cooks.

For the potato salad contest, competitors must use at least 1 dozen eggs and 10 pounds of potatoes. Entries must be ready at 11 a.m. and can be prepared at home.

Contestants may sign up at either River Rats Bar and Grille, (225) 698-0815, or Galvez Hardware & Outdoor Cooking, 41049 Highway 42, Prairieville, (225) 622-1114.

For more information, contact Rodney with Cajun Livin N Cookin at (225) 328-6735.

Wine, cheese tasting set at Windsor Court

The Grill Room at Windsor Court, 300 Gravier St, New Orleans, will partner with St. James Cheese Co. for a “Swiss Wine and Fondue” tasting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Guests will enjoy two courses of Swiss fondue, with other Swiss cheeses being highlighted between courses, as sommelier John Mitchell takes them through the world of seldom-served Swiss wine.

Cost is $60, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (504) 522-1994.

Compiled by Advocate staff