Patrons and supporters of the LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Gardens and Windrush Garden enjoyed their craft cocktails even more in the cold temperatures Nov. 14, said Michelle Fuller, event director, though two roaring fires — one a bonfire, and one lit in the fireplace of the gardens’ new outdoor pavilion — and standup heaters stationed around the food and beverage tent kept the worst of the cold at bay.

For those who didn’t warm up on food and drinks, including cocktails made from liquors distilled in the region, including Mississippi’s Cathead vokda (, and two of Louisiana’s own, Sweet Crude Rum ( and spiced, silver and satsuma varieties of Bayou Rum ( Both are based in the Acadiana area.

Part of the idea of the event, she said, was to highlight as much local talent as possible while raising money for the gardens’ upkeep and educational programs.

Area participating restaurants included Duvic’s, Olive or Twist, Lock & Key, Pelican House, P.F. Chang’s, The Cove, Radio Bar, Churchill’s, Tsunami, Beausoleil, Ruffino’s, Kona Grill, Galatoire’s Bistro, Flemings, Blend, Virginia College, Louisiana Sisters and BetR Store.