Author to discuss N.O. ethnic eateries

Author Ann Benoit will discuss New Orleans’ top 100 ethnic restaurants at 2 p.m. Sunday at the French Market Fare Demonstration Stage, between Ursulines and Governor Nicholls streets.

The culinary event, free and open to the public, is hosted by the SoFAB staff. For more information, go to southernfood.org or frenchmarket.org.

NOWFE announces 2014 Seminar Series

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has scheduled its 2014 Seminar Series, which is part of the four-day event.

Celebrating its 22nd year, NOWFE will take place May 21–24.

Seminar Series attendees will discover the hottest trends in wine and food with seminars such as “I Get a Kick from Crémant;” “Tour d’Grand Cru,” a rare tasting opportunity at which the Bernard Retornaz, president of Louis Latour, will walk attendees through each of the wines, commenting on their quality and vintage-specific characteristics.

“Déjà Vu in the Vieux Carré,” will focus on the French Quarter’s revitalization, renovation and revision of some of the city’s most revered dining establishments, as well as newer restaurants that now call the Vieux Carré home.

Also among the seminars are “Postcards from the Kitchen,” in which attendees will embark on a culinary journey with chefs Tory McPhail of Commanders Palace, Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon and Ryan Prewitt of Pêche. They will discuss the influences their journeys have made in their dishes and “Temper Tantrums,” in which pastry chef Rhonda Ruckman from the Link Restaurant Group will discuss the history of cooking with chocolate and will demonstrate how to properly melt each type of chocolate and offer cream-to-chocolate ratios to sauces, bonbons, cake and pie fillings.

Other events will include wine dinners hosted by more than 30 New Orleans-area restaurants and visiting wine makers; Vinola, a tasting event; and the Royal Street Stroll presented by Rouses, NOWFE’s signature event set in the French Quarter.

Grand Tastings on Friday and Saturday will feature culinary bites from more than 75 chefs. Winemakers and purveyors from about 175 wineries will showcase more than 1,000 wines.

In addition, at the Saturday Grand Tasting, the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off hosted by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board will crown the “King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood,” who will then represent Louisiana in the eighth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off.

This year also marks the third year for the Big Gateaux Show, a pastry competition and tasting at which spectacularly designed cakes will be paired with several high-end Champagnes, prosecco, spirits and liqueurs. Celebrity judges and attendees will choose a winner of the $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of Swiss Chalet.

For more than 21 years, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has showcased the area’s culinary excellence alongside national and international wines while raising more than $1 million for local nonprofit organizations.

This year, in an effort to fight hunger and support culinary education, Café Reconcile will be the beneficiary of 40 percent of the event proceeds. The remaining funds will be shared by the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s ProStart Program, Delgado Culinary Arts School, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts’ Culinary Program, the John Folse Culinary Institute and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

Traveling food photos exhibit opens in N.O.

A traveling exhibit of photographs by Becky Luigart-Stayner highlighting “The Art of Alabama Food” is on display at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans, through Monday .

The 36 images selected from the Alabama Tourism Department’s brochure “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” can be seen from noon to 8 p.m. through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

Crawfish-eating event seeking contestants

Cajun Livin’ n Cookin’ and the River Parishes Jaycees are seeking contestants for their inaugural Ascension Parish Crawfish Eating Contest on Saturday morning.

The event also will feature a crawfish boil-off among 15 contestants.

The event, held at the Galvez Hardware Store, 41049 Louisiana 42, Prairieville, will open to the public at 9 a.m.

For those interested in the eating contest, it will be a head-to-head bracket tournament for $20 per person. All but $3 from each entry will go to the winner of the crawfish-eating contest. The remaining $3 per entry will go to the River Parish Jaycees who are in the process of forming a chapter.

Judging for the crawfish boiling contest will be at 11:30 a.m., when boiled crawfish will be available for purchase by the public.

Contact Rodney Dupuy at (225) 328-6735 or stop by the Galvez Hardware Store for more information.

Churchill’s schedules West Coast wine tasting

Churchill’s, the wine and cigars lounge at 7949 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, will hold a West Coast wine tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

The $15 admission charge will be applied to purchase of any of the wines tasted.

The tasting will feature Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé, Columbia Valley, Highway 12 Carneros Chardonnay, Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend, Barnard Griffin Merlot, Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon and Highway 12 Cabernet Sauvignon.

For more information, call (225) 927-4211.

Compiled by Advocate staff