Baton Rouge On Tap, a new beer festival, coming to River Center in February _lowres

Photo provided by Jess Turner -- More than a few beers will be available at the inaugural Baton Rouge On Tap beer festival on Saturday at the River Center. The event starts at 5 p.m.

Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A weekly feature, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.

Baton Rouge On Tap coming early next year

Baton Rouge and beer, it’s a combination that’s as good as peanut butter and jelly, or pizza and beer.

Well, if you like beer, a word I’ve used in this paragraph three times already, then you’ll love what’s going on at the Baton Rouge River Center in February.

The venue will host Baton Rouge On Tap, a beer festival featuring more than 100 craft beers from more than 50 breweries. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $45. The event will include food as well as music from the Acadian Cajun Band.

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Blue Bell finally returns this month

Oh hey, are you tired of those imitation ice creams that you have been eating? Well, I am too. But they don’t call me the bearer of good news for nothin’.

Here it is: Blue Bell ice cream will be available in Louisiana on Dec. 21. Last week, the company announced the return of 115 workers after the April voluntary recall of all products, due to listeria.

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Your Mom’s hosts grand opening next week

If your answer to the question, “Wanna go get a burger sometime soon?” is “Your mom!,” then you’ll love this new restaurant.

Your Mom’s Restaurant and Bar is celebrating the grand opening of its Baton Rouge location Tuesday, Dec. 8. The event starts at 11 a.m. The restaurant is located at 250 W. Lee Drive, the former location of Louis Deangelo’s.

Next week’s party will also include Happy Hour from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., which includes 2-for-1 on draft beer and handcrafted cocktails.

The restaurant started in Hammond five years ago and features “food your mother would make,” according to owner JP Ngo. The restaurant’s full menu will be on display next week, and it includes burgers, chicken finger baskets and po-boys — essentially all of the things my mother never cooked for me.

Business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Downtown bar 1913 opening this weekend

Andrew Bayard, Christian Walther and East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman John Delgado, the guys behind such Capital City bars as Brickyard South, Huey’s and The Draft House, are opening a new downtown bar called 1913.

On Saturday at 9 p.m., 1913 will host a grand opening event, featuring music from DJs Triz-A and Cool Hand. For reservations and VIP information, call (225) 572-2677.

The bar is located at 336 Third St., the former, historic Louisiana Theater Building, and is named after the year the building opened. More than $1 million has been put into renovating the space.

The venue will offer a VIP experience, including bottle service and national touring For information, visit

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