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Concours de Croissant Competition 

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  Bakers will compete for the honor of best croissant-maker at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-569-0405; on Dec. 6. The Concours de Croissant is hosted by the Alliance Francaise of New Orleans ( and the best part is that the competition is open to everyone. There's a professional pastry chef section as well as fields for amateur bakers and "freestyle." Croissants will be judged on taste, texture, appearance and creativity.

  It's free to enter the competition, and the public is invited to taste and judge with voting cards. The event is free with admission to the museum ($10 for adults, $5 for students and free for seniors and kids under 12). Admission also gets attendees three voting cards (additional cards are $1 each) and there will be free Cool Brew coffee.

  The Alliance also will host a talk on the history of the croissant, and there will be cooking demonstrations for beginners to learn how to make their own. There also will be activities for kids. The competition starts at 10 a.m. and will last till 1 p.m.

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