Market celebrates Fourth today, Saturday

The Red Stick Farmers Market will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with special events from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 3, at 6400 Perkins Road, behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and again Saturday morning at Fifth and Main streets in downtown Baton Rouge.

The Thursday Farmers Market at Pennington Biomedical Research Center will celebrate “Farm to Fourth” with everything needed for Independence Day parties from an expanded group of local farmers and food artisans.

Pick up watermelons, sweet corn, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, new potatoes, specialty pies and breads.

Food artisans will also offer samples of Cutrer’s grilled barbecue sandwiches and other treats throughout the morning. Shoppers can also pick up pre-orders of Francis Chauvin’s Patriotic Pies today.

On Saturday, local trumpeter John Gray will open the Red Stick Farmers Market at 8 a.m. with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The full band will join him and entertain shoppers with festive tunes throughout the morning.

Saturday’s Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature Sara Vincent of Hooked on Re.

She will combine fresh meat and vegetables from the market with her signature marinade to demonstrate summer recipes.

The cooking demo begins at 10 a.m. inside the North Street entrance to Main Street Market.

The Saturday market will operate rain or shine. If raining, it will be held inside the Galvez Garage.

Red Stick Farmers Market also is open from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the parking lot of the Unitarian Church at 8470 Goodwood Boulevard, weather permitting.

The Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market operates on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Scotlandville Library, 7373 Scenic Highway; 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Star Hill Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive; Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St.; and from noon to 2 p.m. at Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St.

For more information, contact Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance at (225) 267-5060 or go to

Calandro’s Supermarket to host tasting event

Calandro’s Supermarket, 12732 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, will hold “A Taste of Independence” from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, to celebrate the Fourth of July and as part of the official launch of Jay Ducote’s Jay D’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce.

Local vendors will sample and demonstrate their products, and WBRP’s Bill Profita radio show will broadcast from Calandro’s during the event.

For more information, call (225) 767-6659.

Chef offers cooking tips at Essence Festival

Chef Carolyn Shelton will demonstrate techniques for healthful cooking and will share Creole dishes at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Representing the American Cancer Society, she will be on the Empower U Stage at the Morial Convention Center at 11:45 a.m. Saturday to explain why okra is the new (old) super food, with many benefits. She will demonstrate how to make a healthful Okralicious Gumbo With Savory Herbs.

From noon to 12:45 p.m. Friday, Shelton will be at the American Cancer Society booth to demonstrate how to make Chicken and Shrimp Brown Rice Jambalaya. At noon Sunday, she will make Red Beans and Rice at the booth.

Free samples of her recipes will be available following each demonstration.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, Shelton has a passion for cooking and sharing healthful ways to modify traditional Creole and Cajun dishes, a news release said. She has owned Creole restaurants in Atlanta and Houston and is the author of numerous cookbooks.

‘ Grilling for Heroes’ campaign seeks recipes

The Propane Education & Research Council and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson have launched “Grilling for Heroes,” a campaign to collect grilling recipes and donations supporting veterans, while raising awareness of safe propane grilling practices.

Now through Sept. 30, grilling enthusiasts are asked to submit their best recipes online at along with a short anecdote about what the military means to them.

After the submission period closes, the top 100 entries will be compiled into an online cookbook, which will be available for download Memorial Day 2015.

Anderson will also choose her favorite recipe and story submission, and the winner will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C.

“Grilling is not only an American pastime but also one of my favorite ways to prepare delicious food,” Anderson says. “The opportunity to educate my fans and grillers about basic propane grill safety while also honoring fellow military personnel and veterans is deeply important to me.”

Goodwill donations from participating propane retailers and the public will be accepted in exchange for free downloads of the ecookbook next summer. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit veterans through Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit whose programs enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members and their families, a news release said.

According to Weber’s annual GrillWatch survey, more than 60 percent of American home grillers use a propane gas grill. The Propane Education & Research Council reminds grillers to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling, using and maintaining your grill, and to keep it outdoors on a level surface at least 5 feet from the house, siding, outdoor furniture, and anything else that could be a fire hazard.

Also, keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it.

If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to the owner’s manual.

At a minimum, the National Fire Protection Association advises grillers to turn off the gas, keep the lid open, and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

Other safety tips include never leaving a grill unattended and checking for leaks. Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak.

Compiled by Advocate staff