Over the next few weeks, you’ll find some good eatin’ in Baton Rouge.
Not that this doesn’t happen any other time, but what I’m trying to say is … Aw heck, look, late April and early May feature an abundance of food-filled events that you won’t want to miss. Get out the calendars and mark these dates.
The fun starts at 6 p.m. Thursday. McMains Children’s Development Center (1805 College Drive) will host its Sips & Suds Champagne and Beer Stroll.
While listening to music from Casey Saba & the Beanstalks, you can enjoy food from Acme Oyster House, City Pork, Stroubes, Tiger Deaux-nuts, and UMAMI Japanese Bistro, to name a few. The Baton Rouge Beer Agency and Bayou Teche Brewery will also be on hand.
Tickets are $65 per person, $120 per couple. For information, visit mcmainscdc.org.
Also on Thursday, Galatoire’s Bistro (3535 Perkins Road) will host a Donner-Peltier Spirits Dinner.
The five-course meal starts at 6:30 p.m. with hand-passed hors d’oeuvres, paired with an Oryza Vodka 75 and Galatoire’s Sparkling Cuvée. The menu includes jerk duck breast Wellington, gin and tonic-cured salmon and scallop, and braised short rib. A crêpe suzette will be served for dessert.
The dinner is $75 per guest. For information or to make a reservation, call Haley Robert at (225) 360-3410.
The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden (4560 Essen Lane) will host the third annual Gourmet in the Garden from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 22. The evening will include dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, beverages from local breweries and distilleries, and a student chef cook-off.
Tickets are $60 per person in advance and $70 at the door.
Tin Roof (1624 Wyoming St.) will host the Salt & Smoke Festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The event will feature a bit of bluegrass music, barbecue and, of course, beer.
The menu includes a local whole-hog barbecue and Hog Island oysters. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. All ages are welcome. For information, visit saltandsmokefest.com/event/salt-and-smoke-baton-rouge.
Baton Rouge Epicurean Society and Mockler Beverage Company’s fifth annual Crawf ê te is also around the corner. The event opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Mockler (11811 Rieger Road).
The event features a dozen chefs preparing crawfish dishes paired with craft beers. Participants include chefs from Bin 77, Hot Tails, Houmas House, Mestizo, Reed’s Cakes & Catering, and Restaurant IPO.
Tickets are $65. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Epicurean Society’s charitable efforts in the nonprofit community. For more information, visit crawfetebr.com.
At the start of May, save some room for the annual Dinner in the Field. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Baton Rouge Gallery (1515 Dalrymple Drive).
The six-course dinner spotlights local ingredients and chefs. Each course will be paired with a different wine. The event begins with a “Cocktail 90,” with live music from Ben Bell and the Fugitive Poets and small plates.
Proceeds benefit the farm-to-school pilot program Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge. For more information, visit slowfoodbr.org.
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