Koval Distillery hosts tasting, contest

Koval Distillery, a Chicago-based craft distillery, is launching its entrance into the Baton Rouge market with a tasting of its single-grain white whiskeys from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Gaudet Bros. Salon, 1284 Perkins Road.

The tasting will feature Koval’s Midwest Wheat, American Oat, Levant Spelt, Raksi Millet and Rye Chicago whiskeys.

It will also include a cocktail contest. Anyone interested in participating in the contest should submit a recipe for a Baton Rouge-themed cocktail using one of the Koval whiskeys before Friday to Jen Gambel at jen@koval-distillery.com.

The event is free. For more information, call (225) 810-8617.

Ruffino’s set to hold Abita Beer dinner

Ruffino’s Restaurant, 18811 Highland Road, will host an Abita Beer dinner on July 14. Passed hors d’oeuvres will start at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.

The menu will feature Crawfish Beignet, Crab Ravigote and Tuna Tartare Cones, paired with Golden Lager; Charbroiled Oysters, paired with Amber; Rabbit With Gnocchi, paired with Andygator; Duck With Mirliton, Shrimp and Crawfish Stuffing, paired with SOS; Espresso-crusted Niman Ranch Pork Ribs With Espresso Barbecue, paired with Turbo Dog; and Root Beer Float With a Root Beer Cupcake, paired with Abita Root Beer.

Cost per person is $85, which includes tax and tip.

For reservations, call (225) 753-3458 or go to http://www.ruffinosrestaurant.com.

Fresina schedules July cooking classes

Fresina Pasta Co. has scheduled three cooking classes, all featuring Italian menus, in July.

Instructor Bruce Slade will teach the class “A Night in Italy” at 10:30 a.m. July 15-16. Cost is $75 per person.

The menu includes “The Nightgown,” a comfort dish Slade said he first had 30 years ago in the Nicola Paone Restaurant in New York City. It includes fresh mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto and veal scaloppini, breaded and deep fried, then wrapped in its “nightgown” of fried eggplant, placed on a bed of red sauce, topped with fresh mozzarella and baked.

He also will prepare Roasted Potatoes With Cipollini Onions; and Italian Chef’s Salad and Arctic Cappuccino, an espresso, chocolate and ice cream beverage.

Janice “Boo” Mascomber will teach the class “Stirring Up Some Fun Sicilian Style” at 10:30 a.m. July 22-23. Cost is $65 per person.

Her menu includes Italiano Shrimp Rosemary; Parmigiano Cauliflower With Vermicelli; Chicken Cacciatore; and Bananas Foster Frutta With Nuts.

At 10:30 a.m. July 29-30, Slade will repeat the “Osso Buco - The Ultimate Italian Comfort Food” class. Cost is $75 per person.

The menu includes Osso Buco, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Fried Corn and Cheese Patties and Fried Green and Black Olives.

For more details, go to http://www.fresinas.com. To make reservations, call Linda Fresina at (225) 926-1341 or email fresinas@cox.net.

The classes are held at Fresina’s shop at 3458-B Drusilla Lane in the Drusilla Shopping Center.