The Shane’s Rib Shack franchise in Hammond is celebrating May being National Barbecue Month by holding a rib giveaway on Saturday, May 17.

The first 100 guests on Saturday will receive a free half-rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, a 20-ounce beverage and a Rib Giveaway T-shirt, a spokesman said.

The rib giveaway will take place at all 70 locations of Shane’s Rib Shack, founded 12 years ago in McDonough, Ga. by Shane Thompson, who said this is the company’s fifth annual Rib Giveaway.

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Cooking contest winner

Jeremy Langlois, executive chef at Houmas House, is the winner of the Cooking with Community Coffee Contest, WYES and Community Coffee Co. announced May 8.

WYES-TV/Channel 12 in New Orleans recently ended its 2013-2014 WYES Season of Good Tastes coffee and wine pairing dinners with 14 participating restaurants. Throughout the season, from August through April, participating chefs were asked to take part in the Cooking with Community Coffee Contest by using Community Coffee as an ingredient in one or more of their courses. Each dinner guest was then asked to judge on presentation, taste, originality and creativity of coffee usage.

Langlois won for his Marinated Tenderloin of Lamb, skillet seared and served with horseradish Yukon Gold potatoes and port wine jus.

As contest winner, he will receive a 30-second congratulatory announcement to air on WYES.

RioMar’s menu

Under the direction of chef Miles Prescott, RioMar, located at 800 S. Peters St. in New Orleans’ Warehouse Arts District, has replaced its largely Spanish-influenced dinner menu with new offerings of New World Latin cuisine from Central and South America, including the countries of Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.

Prescott took over RioMar’s kitchen in July 2012 when chef Adolfo Garcia sold his interest in the restaurant to business partner Nick Bazan,and left to focus on his other area restaurants.

Prescott, who had been RioMar’s chef de cuisine under Garcia, said, “New Orleans has always had strong cultural ties to the Caribbean and to Latin America, so it was natural to shift our focus to that part of the world through the dishes we’re preparing at RioMar and give the menu a makeover.”

Almost none of the dishes are prepared with butter or cream, and most are also naturally gluten- and lactose-free, Prescott said. The menu will continue to feature ceviches and other seafood dishes using wild-caught Gulf fish and locally sourced ingredients, he said.

The dinner menu includes small plates, entrées and large platters to share. The lunch menu offers exclusively tapas dining and a chef’s tasting menu that changes daily.

RioMar is open for dinner from 5:30 p.m.. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, go to

Delivering hope

La Madeleine Country French Café has relaunched its Delivering Hope by the Jarful campaign, in which $1 from every jar of Tomato Basil Soupe purchased in its 68 locations nationwide will be donated to Children’s Hunger Fund, according to a news release. The program will run through the end of 2014.

Tomato Basil Soupe is the company’s most popular item.

The Dallas-based bakery café brand has a goal of providing 1 million meals to Children’s Hunger Fund.

“Doing our part to end childhood hunger is an important part of the la Madeleine culture,” said John Cahill, the company’s chief operating officer. “I believe as an organization we should make a difference in the communities we serve and stand for something.”

La Madeleine will also donate $5 for every $25 gift card purchased between April 30 and June 10.

The news release said Children’s Hunger Fund has provided food and aid to more than 20 million children in America and around the world.