March 23

Jefferson's Bourbon Dinner

6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Bourbon House, 144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111

www.bourbonhouse.com

Jefferson's Bourbon founder Trey Zoeller attends a dinner featuring aged and reserve bottlings of Jefferson's Bourbon. There are hors d'oeuvres and a four-course meal including deviled crab, pork belly, shiitake-crusted trout with crawfish etouffee and a puff pastry napoleon with bourbon ice cream, strawberries and chocolate. Tickets $85 plus tax and tip.

March 24

Gosling's Rum Dinner

6 p.m. Thursday

Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661

www.palacecafe.com

Malcolm Gosling attends a cocktail reception (6 p.m.) with passed hors d'oeuvres and a rum dinner (7:30 p.m.) featuring Gosling's rums. The dinner includes curried crab salad, fish stew with coconut milk, mint and fried plantains, roasted duck with black pepper-ginger jus and rum cake. Each course is paired with a rum cocktail. Tickets $30 for the reception, $75 for the dinner, $100 for both.

March 25-26

Hammond Smokin' BBQ Challenge

4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

S.W. Railroad Avenue in downtown Hammond

www.hammondbbq.com

More than 50 local and visiting barbecue teams compete in two cooking challenges and attendees determine the winners. Teams prepare beef brisket, pork shoulder, ribs and chicken, and there is a children's contest for barbecuing chicken. Free admission.