The fourth annual Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-off and Beer Festival will start at 11 a.m. April 20 at River City Plaza at Mardi Gras World.
More than 50 teams will compete in a crawfish- cooking competition, local music and a cask-aged beer garden hosted by the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild. Admission is free, but advance VIP tickets can be purchased for $50 until April 15 and $60 after that will allow attendees to eat and drink all day. Separate food and drink tickets will be available at the event.
The family- friendly festival benefits the Drew Rodrigue Foundation, a non-profit organization that celebrates heroes in the face of adversity in honor of local football coach Drew Rodrigue, a news release says. More info.
The John Besh Foundation and the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience will host the “Funkin’ It Up” fundraiser 7 p.m. May 25 at the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans.
Chefs Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food; John Currence, City Grocery; Donald Link, Link Restaurant Group; Michelle Bernstein, Michy’s; Aaron Sanchez, Food Network, Mestizo Restaurant; David Slater, Emeril’s; Jacques Torres and Besh will present the evening’s food.
As part of the fundraiser, chef Leah Chase will be awarded the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award. The Ella Brennan award recognizes one person annually that has made a “lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community,” a news release says.
Galatoire’s opened a new bar at 215 Bourbon St., New Orleans, and is offering a weekly happy hour on Wednesday nights. Hand-crafted cocktails, including classic martinis, Sazeracs, Buffalo Trace bourbon Manhattans and the Galatoire’s Old Fashioned will be $4 on Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The bar also offers other beers, wines and spirits. Galatoire’s bar is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight and features live entertainment from Jep Epstein from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays.
Saveur magazine’s April 2013 edition is featuring several classic New Orleans restaurants, including Commander’s Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans.
The restaurant’s shrimp and tasso Henican is featured on the cover of the magazine, which also tells the story of Commander’s Palace’s famous jazz brunch and gives an inside look at the Brennan family. “It’s such an honor to be featured in this issue with so many New Orleans establishments that are the heartbeat of this great city,” co-proprietor Ti Martin said in a news release. “At Commander’s, our goal has always been to represent what New Orleans is all about — not just the food, but the way of life, the soul and the atitude that is New Orleans.”
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in The Riverwalk Marketplace, New Orleans, is hosting a martini seminar.
At 5:30 p.m. April 1, mixologist Blake Kaiser will discuss the history of martinis at SoBou, 310 Chartres St., in the program “Martini: Olives Not Allowed.” Cost is $35, or $28 for SoFAB or Museum of the American Cocktail members.
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Hogs for the Cause, an annual barbecue festival in New Orleans’ City Park, will expand into a two-day event this year with the addition of the Southern Asado Dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 22 in City Park.
Coordinated by the Link Restaurant Group and featuring members of the Fatback Collective, a group of Southern chefs who love to cook outdoors. Stephen Stryjewski, chef/owner of Cochon in New Orleans, is a member of the collective and will be cooking at the dinner.
“Hogs for the Cause reflects what I hold to be important in both my personal and professional life,” he said in a news release. “As a parent, I am happy to know there are organizations out there to help in a time of need. As a business owner, I am pleased to be able to contribute whenever possible.”
The menu for the Southern Asado Dinner will include hors d’oeurves of boiled crawfish, raw oysters, crab salad and hogtails by Neal Bodenheimer, owner of Cure and Bellocq in New Orleans; a first course of seasonal salads and charcuterie served with a 2011 Petite Couchon Blanc; a second course of family style platters of roasted meat, including fish, chicken, lamb, goat and beef, and platters of roasted vegetables, served with a 2010 Petite Cochon Rouge and a dessert of cordials from Donald Bender and Martha Foose.
Tickets are $300 per person, $200 tax deductible, or $500 for a weekend Boss Hog pass, $350 of which is tax deductible. Cocktail hour music will be provided by the Tom Leggett Trio. Click here for tickets and more information.
Bayona, 430 Dauphine St., wNew Orleans, will host a Downton Abbey Dinner 6:30 p.m. March 26. Preceded by a champagne reception with passed hors d’oeurves, Bayona invites patrons to dress as their favorite “Downtown Abbey” characters and enjoy white-glove service and chef Susan Spicer’s dishes. Bayona’s usual dinner menu includes dishes ehs such as veal sweetbreads with lemon caper or sherry mustard butter; , crispy smoked quail salad with pears and bourbon molasses dressing; , and a peppered lamb loin with goat cheese and zinfandel sauce. Chef Spicer’s “Downton” menu is not yet set, but a news release promises “a historical menu in Mrs. Patmore style.” Tickets start at $100. Call (504) 525-4455.
SoBou, 310 Rue Chartres, New Orleans, will host a seminar “Paying the Piper: Your Hangover and You” at 5:30 p.m. March 4. Author Wayne Curtis will break down the causes and remedies for hangovers, both modern and historic.
“The thing about a hangover is you can’t avoid it — instead you must understand it, work with it and negotiate a covenant with it,” Curtis said in a news release. “I hope that guests will find the discussion useful for the next time they have one too many!”
Guests will also be able to sample classic hangover cures. Tickets are $35. Museum of the American Cocktail and Southern Food and Beverage Museum members recieve at 20 percent discount. Call (504) 552-4095 or click here.
With a menu titled “A Day at the Office,” chef Chris Wadsworth of Restaurant IPO won the WYES-New Orleans Cooking With Community Coffee contest held earlier this year. His dinner, which was Sept. 25, included seven courses with dishes like grits and Breakfast Blend roasted grillades, Pecan Praline smoked duck with a Medium Roast berry compote and duck cracklin’, prime beef medallion with Café Special and a chicory and chocolate molten cake. Wadsworth’s competition in the contest, part of WYES’ Seasons of Good Tastes, included Latil’s Landing Restaurant at Houmas House, Galatoire’s and Redemption.
PJ’s Coffee, 5432 Magazine St., New Orleans, will hold a Movember celebration 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Movember is an annual, month-long event that encourages men to grow moustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancers.
The PJ’s Movember celevration will feature Mo-Funk along with members of Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, 610 Stompers, DJ Dave Jinx, and appearances by the New Orleans Saints’ Whistle Monster.
PJ’s locations around Louisiana will carry a limited-time Movember coffee blend and collectable cup. A portion of the proceeds will benefit prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives.