Herb Society creating ‘room’ for medicinals

The Herb Society of America Baton Rouge Unit and the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, will break ground at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, on the first “room” of the Burden Center’s new teaching and demonstration Historic Herb Garden.

The new garden, being created and sponsored by the Herb Society of America Baton Rouge Unit, will focus on the medicinally useful plants indigenous to our region and those brought here by early settlers, a news release said. It will be located next to the center’s Children’s Garden.

The Heritage Herb Garden will eventually include four separate gardens, each with a special theme and reflecting the influences of Native Americans, Africans, Caribbean Islanders, French, Spanish and other Europeans who came to Louisiana, each bringing their own gardening style and plant materials, Herb Society spokeswoman Rita Salman said. The first garden will be a “Louisiana Kitchen Garden” displaying culinary and medicinal herbs common to the state’s early gardens.

The last section of the garden will be “The Natural Garden,” which will break away from the formal lines and geometric shapes of the early gardens. A pavilion will provide a gathering spot for gardening clubs, school groups and individuals.

Charity jambalaya cook-off slated

The public is invited to attend the “Cooking for Grace” Jambalaya Cook-Off for bilateral glaucoma from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the parking lot of Hooters in Denham Springs.

The charity event, hosted by Swamp Box cafe and Hooters of Denham Springs, hopes to raise money for 13-year-old Grace Lanier and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Organizers said Grace Lanier was diagnosed with bilateral glaucoma when she was 8 weeks old. Since then, she has had 12 surgeries. Her mother, Margaret Lindsey, said her daughter “is excited that people are rallying around her to help fund research to find a cure for pediatric glaucoma.”

The cook-off is open to the public, but there will be a $10 fee to sample all of the entries. There will be prizes for the top three winners and a raffle.

For information on entering the cook-off, call Dwaine Henderson at (225) 328-9318 or go to swampboxcafé.com.

Cooks sought for black-iron pot cook-off

Competitors have until Sept. 17 to sign up for the second annual Black-Iron Pot Cook-off, which will held at Galvez Hardware and Outdoor Cooking in Galvez on Sept. 20. Proceeds from selling the food to the public will benefit the Dreams Come True Foundation, organizers said.

The entry fee is $50; sign up at Galvez Hardware. Contestants must cook at least three gallons. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top three cooks.

Participants must arrive at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 20, and prepared food must be turned in to judges at 11:30 a.m.

For questions, call Rodney with Cajun Livin N Cookin at (225) 328-6735.