Bayou Boogaloo fest scheduled in N.O.

NEW ORLEANS - The MotherShip Foundation will host the eighth annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival on Friday through Sunday along the banks of Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue and North Jefferson Davis Parkway.

The family-friendly, admission-free event will feature 25 food vendors; spirits; local music; a children’s stage; games and activities for kids; the Boogaloo Art Market; and the fourth annual Rubber Duck Derby on Sunday to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

In addition, Slow Food Nola and Slow Food International, which are holding their annual conference the same weekend, will have a tent at the Boogaloo festival where they will hold cooking demonstrations and storytelling about local food and Southern culture.

The festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Food offerings will include alligator wrap and crab bisque with fries from 4 of US Catering; 12-hour roast beef po-boy with horseradish crème and pickled red onions from Boucherie; Tamales and Cuban sandwiches from Canal Street Bistro; smoked duck boudin with green tomato relish from Ralphs on the Park; baked oysters with spinach chorizo and cheese from Rio Mar; and samosas from Good Karma Prasad Café.

Other participating food vendors are Any Occasion Catering, Big Wii & the Warden, Bozwells Jamaican Cuisine, Bratz Ya’ll, Mid-City Pizza, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Mona’s Café, NOLA Snow Snoballs, Oceana Grill/Olde N’awlins Cookery, Praline Connection, Quintin’s Natural Ice Cream and Sorbet, Crepes à la Cart, Dmac’s Bar & Grill, Katie’s Restaurant, Rouses, Saltwater Grill and Woody’s Fish Tacos.

Beverages will be provided by Bayou Brew, Bayou Daquiris, Louisiana Lemonade and Cool Fruit Sensations.

A portion of the 2013 festival’s proceeds will be used to replace live oak trees lost during hurricanes Katrina and Isaac on the festival grounds, a news release said.

The MotherShip Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3) organization founded during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina and “dedicated to encouraging social change by bringing forth a higher quality of life for all Louisiana and New Orleans residents through the promotion of arts, culture and recreation,” says its website,

class set SaturdayKids Dish cooking

Tracey Koch and Stephanie Riegel will teach a Kids Dish cooking class from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Whole Foods, 7529 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge. The menu will feature cool treats to beat the summer heat.

The class is open to ages 7-12. Cost is $10, and reservations are recommended. Call (225) 218-0452.

Londoner Pub slates wine dinner

The Londoner Pub, 4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, will hold a Casillero Del Diablo wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 29. Cost is $60 per person.

The seven-course tasting menu will include sweet corn fritter, crab and brie vol au vent, stuffed black cod, Granny apple and basil sorbet, roasted lamb with roasted parsnips, chilled salmon mousse and raspberry cranachan.

For reservations, call (225) 292-9291 or email, or go to

LCI plans leisure cooking classes

Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge has scheduled leisure cooking classes through July.

Among the offerings are classes on Indian, Japanese and Caribbean cuisines, cake baking and grilling techniques.

For more information, visit or call (225) 769-8820.

Martin Wine Cellar slates wine reception

Tickets are available at all Martin Wine Cellar locations for the fourth annual Tour de Vin reception-style wine tasting. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 14 at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $60 per person and include a $10 gift card toward a purchase.

For more information about this event plus tastings at the Metairie location, go to

Compiled by Food staff