Well-known local chef Jay Ducote always puts on a good show, and we're sure it will be no different when the East Baton Rouge Parish Library hosts "Stir the Pot with Jay Ducote" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, on Facebook Live.

Ducote, who has appeared on "Food Network Star," "Chopped," "Cutthroat Kitchen" and "Beat Bobby Flay," recently came out with a new cookbook, "Jay Ducote's Louisiana Outdoor Cooking," written with Cynthia LeJeune Nobles and published by LSU Press.

In the show, Ducote will talk about his book, which includes over 150 recipes, from entrees to desserts, and cook his Pork and Brussels Sprouts Cast-Iron Bake. You can cook along with him at your home or just watch live to enjoy the show and ask questions. To attend the online event, visit Facebook.com/EBRPL. This show will be recorded and can be watched later.

Helping homeless animals

Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, Torchy's Tacos, 3658 Nicholson Drive, will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society. Just mention that you're there to support the organization, and your order will help contribute to its overall donation. For more information, email karen.caaws@gmail.com.

Raising Cane's helps out

Communities across Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas devastated by two recent hurricanes will receive $100,000 in much-needed relief funds following a Sept. 22 fundraiser by Raising Cane's.

Raising Cane’s restaurants throughout the region raised more than $95,000 by earmarking 15% of the day’s sales to the effort. The company added the remaining funds to bring the total to $100,000.

Checks will be presented to three local American Red Cross chapters and SBP Disaster and Resilience & Recovery, a Louisiana-based organization whose mission is to shrink the time between disaster and recovery.

For more information, visit raisingcanes.com.

I scream, you scream

Boombox Frozen Pops and Ice Cream, 4410 Highland Road, will celebrate its grand opening from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, with 1980s music, trivia and prizes, a Rubik's Cube contest, merchandise giveaways and pop and ice cream specials. For more information, call (225) 910-3907.

Zatarain's releases gumbo recipe

Zatarain's Smoked Sausage celebrated National Gumbo Day on Oct. 12 by releasing its official 2020 recipe for a delicious chicken and andouille gumbo using Zatarain’s Andouille Smoked Sausage. The product is now available at more than 2,200 Kroger and Sam’s stores across the country. Get the recipe at mccormick.com/zatarains/recipes/soups-stews/chicken-and-andouille-gumbo.

Bourbon tasting dinner

Reservations are being taken for the American Bourbon Trail: Bourbon Tasting Dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Sullivan's Steakhouse, 5252 Corporate Blvd.

Experience the flavor of bourbons in specially created cocktails paired to perfection with a three-course, chef-curated menu for $60 per person. Make a reservation at sullivanssteakhouse.com/.../american-bourbon.../.

Wine on Pointe

Tickets are on sale for Wine on Pointe, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Pointe-Marie, 14200 River Road. The event will include steak and seafood options accompanied by five select wines from Flora Springs, St. Helena, charcuterie, entrees and dessert. A representative from Flora Springs will make a virtual appearance.

Tickets are $75 at eventbrite.com/e/wine-on-pointe-tickets-123338925045.

Halloween decorating

Registration is open for a Halloween Cake Decorating leisure class from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, with chef Jean Mancuso at the Louisiana Culinary Institute, 10550 Airline Highway.

Learn to frost a 6-inch, three-layer cake in buttercream, create a pumpkin carved cake, create a faux eyeball cake and create the popular zombie unicorn cake. The class also includes painting with edible gold and various piping techniques.

A temperature check and face mask will be required to enter the building. Tickets are $125 at lci.edu/store/Halloween-Cake-Decorating-p228823907.

Email Robin Miller at romiller@theadvocate.com