The Red Stick Farmers Market is continuing to take donations for the family which operates Smith Creamery, a longtime vendor at the local market.

The creamery in Mount Hermon in Washington Parish was destroyed last week from an apparent propane gas explosion. No one was injured in the 1:30 a.m. blast.

Copper Alvarez, executive director of the Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance which operates the farmers markets, said customers wanting to help out can go to the website http://www.breada.org/donate and select “gift.”

“BREADA has an emergency fund, and we have already given them funds to cover immediate cash flow,” Alvarez said.

The organization is taking donations so the Smith family can “meet immediate needs as they determine how or if they can rebuild through disaster-recovery planning.”

Smith Creamery is operated by Warren and Sandra Smith and their children, Travis Smith and Michelle Hickman.

Kids Dish Cooking, cheese classes set

Tracey Koch and Stephanie Riegel will teach a Kids Dish Cooking Class from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Whole Foods Market in Towne Center, 7529 Corporate Blvd.

The class is for children ages 7 to 12.

The menu will feature an easy summer supper of oven-fried chicken and seasonal vegetables. Cost is $10.

A cheese department staff member will teach a class on cheeses from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The history and origin of cheese and how to properly eat cheese will be discussed.

The cheese class is limited to 15 participants, and cost is $5 per person.

For more information or to register for either class, call (225) 218-0452 or visit the store’s Guest Service desk.

BD Kitchen sets July cooking classes

BD Kitchen Co. in Towne Center will offer two hands-on cooking classes in July featuring local chefs.

Chef Chris Dixon, of Bistro Byronz, will teach a class on Beef Wellington With Cabernet Sauce, plus plenty of extras, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 7. Cost for the class is $45 per person.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 14, chef William Wells, of Culinary Productions, will teach a class on “Small Plate Fun.” The menu will include Ginger Duck Pot Sticker With Honey Ponz Sauce, Seared Lamb Sirloin and Oven-Roasted Salmon Stuffed With Crawfish and Pancetta. Cost is $50 per person.

Call (225) 929-6070 for reservations. BD Kitchen Co. is located at 7350 Jefferson Highway, Suite 490.

Culinary Institute schedules classes

The Louisiana Culinary Institute, 10550 Airline Highway, has scheduled leisure cooking classes from July 9 to Dec. 10. Class topics from international cuisine and gluten-free cooking to decorating with fondant and chocolates.

Classes are taught by members of the culinary school’s staff. Cost ranges from $100 to $125 per person, and advance payment is required.

For more information or to register, go to the website http://www.LCI.edu/LeisureClasses or call (225) 769-8820.