Off the Menu: Reed wins Best in Show at Fete Rouge _lowres

Advocate file photo by Cheramie Sonnier -- Chef Scott McCue of Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton took first place in the meat category at the 2014 Fête Rouge Chef Competition with his dish, wild mushroom stuffed beef tenderloin en croute.

Local food enthusiasts won’t want to miss this year’s Fête Rouge.

The annual two-day food and wine celebration kicks off with the Grace ‘Mama’ Marino Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge.

The festival on Tuesday announced participants in the Friday, Aug. 28, chef’s competition, which takes place as part of the main Food & Wine Fête at the casino.

Restaurants and chefs include: Acme Oyster House, Bin 77, Bistro Byronz, Blend, Calandro’s Select Cellars, Center Stage Catering, Chef Celeste’s Louisiana Treasures, City Pork Deli & Charcuterie, City Pork Brasserie & Bar, Cupcake Allie, Cypress Bayou, French Market Bistro, Galatoire’s Bistro, Goûter Restaurant, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Jolly Flamingo Catering, Kona Grill, L’Auberge Hotel & Casino, Leblanc’s Supermarket, Leroy’s Lip Smackin’ Lemonade, Louisiana Culinary Institute, Louisiana Lagniappe, Mansurs on the Boulevard, Mestizo Restaurant, Prejean’s, Reed’s Cakes & Catering, Sammy’s Grill Catering, Southern Fusion, Southern Hospitality Kitchens, Stroubes, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Table Kitchen and Bar, Tallulah and Tsunami Baton Rouge.

Tickets for the Food & Wine Fête are $75 per person. This year’s Fête Rouge also includes a VIP wine tasting, called Fête du Vin. The tasting includes highly rated wines and food from L’Auberge and Juban’s. Tickets for the Fête du Vin are $200.