Chef Celeste Gill is opening Chef Celeste’s Bistro in Main Street Market in downtown Baton Rouge in May. The host of the food court’s Saturday cooking demonstrations, “Fresh From the Market,” Gill said the bistro will be an open-air café.

On the menu, patrons can expect paninis, salads and soups as well as daily specials and an expanded breakfast menu on Saturdays.

The space was the former location of Taste, which closed in late February. An opening date has not been set for Chef Celeste’s Bistro. However, business hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Down the road in Perkins Rowe, Rock N’ Pops also will open in May.

The 844-square-foot store is located across from Barnes & Noble, near California Pizza Kitchen. Rock N’ Pops will feature more than 20 flavors of homemade frozen treats, including flavors based on cakes and goodies from Ambrosia Bakery.

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Southern Craft begins brewing in Baton Rouge

If you went to the Zapp’s International Beerfest last weekend, you might have noticed a new Baton Rouge microbrewery.

Southern Craft Brewing Co. made its debut at the event, and the area’s second microbrewery said its beers should start showing up at local restaurants and bars later this month.

Local engineers and award-winning homebrewers Joseph Pico and Wes Hedges founded Southern Craft, which has a brewery and taproom in the Barringer Foreman Technology Park.

Southern Craft’s first two beers are Red Stick Rye and a double IPA called Pompous Pelican. The latter is a complex beer with a lot of citrus and malt flavors as well as white grape, Hedges told The Advocate.

Southern Craft will be available at a variety of bars and restaurants, including The Chimes, The Bulldog, Burgersmith, The Cove, and Corporate Brew and Draft.

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Jolie Pearl is the next White Star Market vendor

Shortly after announcing its first tenant, the upcoming White Star Market announced that Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar will open its second location in the Mid City food hall.

Jolie @ the Market will feature fried and chargrilled oysters, po-boys and a few new dishes.

The announcement comes days after Jay Ducote of “Food Network Star” announced he was opening a taco stand, called Gov’t Taco, in the market.

White Star Market is set to open around the end of this year or in early 2017. Construction should begin later this spring. The market will have about a dozen different food booths and a bar and will be located on the first floor of the Square 46 mixed-use development at 4646 Government St.

Inaugural Red Stick Food Fest coming to Baton Rouge in May

Food? Food.

Free food? Free food.

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation announced Wednesday the inaugural Red Stick Food Fest. The event takes place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at The Lawn at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge.

Admission is free, and all ages are welcome to attend. This is a rain-or-shine event, and proceeds will benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.

The festival will feature menus from some of the region’s best restaurants and caterers. Featured food vendors include 18 Steak, Acme Oyster House, Blend, Galatoire’s Bistro, Juban’s, Ruffino’s, Walk-On’s, Wow Café and Zea Rotisserie & Grill.

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Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter, @MatthewSigur. Timothy Boone contributed to this report.