‘Chili for Children’ cook-offs set for LSU

The ninth annual “Chili for Children” Louisiana State & Regional Chili Cook-offs will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 14-15 in front of John M. Parker Coliseum at Stadium and Highland Road on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

Both cook-offs are sanctioned by the International Chili Society and The Chili Appreciation Society International. They are held in conjunction with the LSU Spring Garden Show and Sale, a car show, and a fish and koi show.

The cook-offs are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge, Catholic Radio WPYR 1380 AM and 4 The Kids Foundation. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Sixty-five contestants will participate in the cooking competition, which will feature teams from throughout the country. The contest includes three categories — red chili, chili verde and salsa. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste the contestants’ chili and to vote for the local “People’s Choice Chili” Award.

For more information, go to chilicookoff.com, louisianachilicookoff.com or ololchildrens.org.

Alexander’s Market to hold pop-up market

Satsuma Jelly and crawfish-decorated cake balls are among the seasonal treats that will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pop-Up Market hosted by Alexander’s Highland Market in Baton Rouge.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center nutritionists will share health tips, talk about health studies, and sample a special Lenten recipe from their test kitchen.

“Supporting other small businesses and bringing people together to meet the folks who grow and make their food has been a fundamental part of our business plan since we opened two years ago,” says President Lathan Alexander. “The pop-up builds community and benefits everyone.”

Among the participating vendors will be GrinningJupiter Jammery, Louisiana Gold honey, Andi Lynn’s Elderberry Syrup, Malco’s Magnificent Salsa, Delightful Palate, Hanley’s Foods, Militello’s, Ivy’s Pride Tamales and Denicola’s.

For more information, contact Kelly Alexander at (225) 615-7800.

Alexander’s Highland Market is at 18111 Highland Market Drive, Baton Rouge.

Steakhouse to host martini, steak dinner

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, 716 Bienville St., New Orleans, will host a martini and steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 19.

The event will feature creations from Donner Peltier, a distiller from Thibodaux known for its use of locally grown ingredients to create its award-winning spirits.

Its handcrafted Oryza Vodka is made with Louisiana-grown rice, water purified through four different methods and specialty yeast. Its Oryza Gin is made from the same base as Oryza Vodka but adds 11 Louisiana-inspired botanicals. In addition to martinis made with these two spirits, the dinner will feature cocktails using Donner Peltier’s Rougaroux Rum and LA 1 Whiskey.

In addition to several hors d’oeuvre, the menu will include chilled crab meat ravioli with Creole tomato sauce, morel mushroom-crusted beef tenderloin with foie gras mousse, and chocolate popcorn rice pudding/tart. Cost is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call (504) 522-2467 for reservations.

Gallery opening, cocktail contest slated in N.O.

Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, will welcome La Galerie d’Absinthe into its new home inside the museum from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The museum will also host the free Louisiana Sisters Cocktail Competition from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For the gallery opening, the museum staff will be serving an absinthe punch and tasting of an assortment of anise-flavored spirits and liqueurs for the free event with museum admission.

The Louisiana Sisters Cocktail Competition will feature hors d’oeuvre from participating restaurants, music and nine original craft cocktails inspired by Louisiana Sisters spiced gourmet foods.

Grand prize for the winning cocktail will be a year’s supply of all three Louisiana Sisters’ products, along with $150 from Donner-Peltier Distillers, two tickets to Gambit’s Food Revue, lagniappe from Tales of the Cocktail and a victors trophy from Yelp!

Visit southernfood.org.

Compiled by Advocate staff