Restaurant Week Baton Rouge continues through Saturday, with more than 50 of the city’s restaurants offering three-course meals at discounted prices.

The event benefits the local restaurant industry and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Go to for a list of the participating restaurants.

Culinary scholarships

The nonprofit Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications through April 10 from students pursuing careers in the culinary and/or hospitality industry.

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted in a bachelor and/or associate degree seeking program, pursuing a career in the restaurant, food service, tourism or hospitality industry. Courses of study can include, but are not limited to culinary, hospitality, tourism, business and management programs. Scholarship awards may vary based on available funds and are merit-based, a news release said.

Available for download at, the application must be completed and postmarked by April 10.

“Our goal is to support promising future leaders as they prepare for the many lucrative restaurant careers in Louisiana,” said LRAEF Executive Director Alice Glenn.

The foundation’s sponsors are Acme Oyster House, Auto-Chlor Services, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Louisiana Restaurant Association, Louisiana Seafood, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Performance Foodservice-Caro, Atmos Energy, Camellia Brand, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Louisiana Culinary Institute, New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Louisiana Gas Association, Whole Foods Market and Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Sea of Hope.

Whataburger contest

The Whataburger restaurant at 840 N. Airline Highway, Gonzales, is among the 121 semifinalists in the company’s “WhataGames” competition.

The contest is designed to test the skills of Whataburger team members in three categories: operations, corporate history and customer service, a news release said.

The Gonzales team is eligible to compete in elimination rounds to earn one of the 24 spots at the WhataGames Finals in Dallas in April 2015. Whataburger will award $165,000 in cash prizes to all members of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winning teams, which includes both team members who participated as well as those who stayed back to operate and manage their stores.

Four-diamond restaurants

Seven New Orleans restaurants have earned AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Rating during the past 12 months. The AAA Four Diamond Rating is attained by just 2.3 percent of the 30,000 AAA Approved restaurants, according to a news release from the motoring and leisure travel organization.

“Restaurants at the Four Diamond level offer a distinctive fine-dining experience. Creative chefs, imaginative menus, fresh top-quality ingredients and expert staff distinguish these establishments,” the organization said.

The seven Louisiana restaurants at the Four Diamond level are: Commander’s Palace, Emeril’s, Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant, Restaurant August, Restaurant R’evolution, Root and The Grill Room.