Classes set on growing herbs in containers

Culinary herbalist Sarah Liberta will offer a two-part series of classes on growing herbs in containers from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout June.

In the first class, “Container Herb Gardening 101: Getting Started,” participants will learn how to select plants and containers and to manage soil, fertilizer, light and water to reap abundant harvests.

The second class, “Container Herb Gardening 102: Reaping the Harvest,” will focus on methods of harvesting and using fresh herbs.

Light herbal refreshments will be served, and students will be given cuttings from Liberta’s herb garden.

Cost for each session is $25. Go to

Fundraiser dinner slated at Beausoleil

Pig and Plough Suppers, a dinner fundraising series that celebrates Louisiana foodways by promoting chef collaborations that feature foods grown and raised in south Louisiana, will hold its next event, “A Trade Winds Dinner,” at 6 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar in Baton Rouge.

Events have traditionally been held in Lafayette, but the goal of the June collaboration is to bring chefs from Baton Rouge and Lafayette together to raise funds for Cooking Matters for Families, a nonprofit that teaches families to shop for and cook healthful, affordable meals, according to coordinator Tyler Thigpen.

For the dinner, Nathan Gresham of Beausoleil, Jay Ducote of Bite and Booze and Jeremy Conner of Village Café will collaborate the multicourse dinner featuring flavors of West Africa, the Caribbean and south Louisiana.

Drinks will be prepared by Jeff Conaway of Beausoleil. Cost is $85 per person.

Passed hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cocktail hour music will be performed by Seth Allen Rung and Bob Brahan. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Visit

Beer-sampling event scheduled in N.O.

Join WYES-TV, local and national beer companies, and home brewers for two nights of beer sampling, beer talk and food on June 13-14 at Mardi Gras World on the East Bank. On both nights, guests will be guided through Mardi Gras World’s float den before the beer sampling begins.

All proceeds benefit WYES, the local public broadcasting station in southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The sixth annual WYES private beer sampling will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 13 in Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion Room for $50 per person. More than 90 craft brewed beers, specially made cask and home-brewed beers, as well as special one-off beers from local and national breweries, will be available for sampling. Brew masters will be on-hand to talk about the craft and imported beers. Guests will receive a tasting glass and complimentary food provided by chef Tom Hinyup of Sun Ray Grill.

Among the beers available for sampling will be The Bruery’s Saison Rue; Tin Roof’s Puckerup Flemish, a soured version of its Perfect Tin Amber Ale; Sweetwater’s Happy Ending Imperial Stout; St. Arnold’s Boiler Room, which is not sold in Louisiana; Taormina Collaboration Milk Stout, a collaboration between The Covington Brewhouse and home brewers; Green Flash’s Road Warrior; Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot; and Rebirth Pale Ale, NOLA Brewing’s latest addition that benefits Roots of Music.

The 31st annual WYES International Beer Tasting will held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 14 in the River City Ballroom at Mardi Gras World. More than 275 ales, lagers, stouts, IPAs and home brews will be available for tasting. For the June 14 tasting only, a designated driver ticket is available for $15 (includes food and beverage), plus, new this year, Northshore folks have the option to purchase a round-trip bus ticket for $10. Pick up is at the commuter parking lot at The Old Mandeville Trailhead, at 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville.

At Saturday’s event, The Chartres House will provide treats for free, and guests may purchase items from Foodie Call, Rue Chow, Dat Dog and Mellow Mushroom. Prices wil vary from $4 to $8.

On both nights, guests will receive a complimentary beer brochure. Parking is available for $10. For details on both beer events and to volunteer, visit or call (504) 486-5511, extension 200. Must be 21 to attend.

Compiled by Advocate staff

Compiled by Advocate staff