For 68 years, members of the Downtown Kiwanis Club have gotten up before daylight on a fall Saturday morning to flip pancakes for thousands of hungry Baton Rougeans and raise money for its various community projects. This year's event at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center was held Oct. 21 and was chaired by "Red Hat" Noel Hammatt.

Pancake Day

As breakfastgoers enjoyed their pancakes, they were entertained by local talent in the annual talent show. They could also peruse the art show organized by club members Barbara O'Rourke and Rick Lipscomb.

Now, my spies tell me that The Advocate's Gary Miller, one of several guest chefs, was one of the better pancake flippers … "Gary was hysterical flipping his pancakes high in the air," my source says. 

'Candela e Vino'

On Oct. 26 a masquerade dinner, 'Candela e Vino,' was hosted by the Louisiana Restaurant Association in partnership with the mobile app Waitr at White Oak Plantation, and they weren't serving pancakes.

Five great chefs created a memorable four-course dinner. They included White Oak's Jeremy Langlois; Kelley McCann, of Kalurah Street Grill; Nathan Gresham, of Beausoleil; Noah Lessard, of Ruffino's Restaurant; and Allie Bookman, of Cupcake Allie.

Event co-chairwoman Lisa Bourdreaux LeCoq, of The Gilded Artichoke, enlisted local high school students to concoct the evening's hors d’oeuvres. They are part of the LRA Education Foundation's effort to promote the ProStart Program, which offers educational and career opportunities for high school students, and which benefited from the night's proceeds. Theresa Langlois was the other co-chairwoman.

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