Sample sweets at Ascension Library

The Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73, Geismar, will host the Louisiana Culinary Institute’s dessert workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Chef Christina Nicosia and LCI students will demonstrate and offer samples of desserts. Other refreshments will be provided.

The program is free. Call (225) 673-8699.

Christmas auction to benefit charities

Galatoire’s, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, will host a charity Christmas auction at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The event will benefit the Galatoire Foundation, Operation Homefront, Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses and the Youth Empowerment Project. Chef Michael Sichel will provide cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Call Christi Broussard at (504) 525-6022.

Enjoy carols, dinner at plantation house

Madewood Plantation House, 4250 La. 308, Napoleonville, will host a Bayou Christmas Celebration from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8.

The event will start with wassail in the Old Kitchen and will feature the choir of St. Philomena singing carols. Dinner will be served in the ballroom and library, featuring a buffet-style dinner with turkey and trimmings.

Seats are $59 per person plus 9 percent sales tax. Groups of 20 or more qualify for a 20 percent discount.

Limited overnight accommodations are available.

Call (985) 369-7151.

Compiled from staff reports