Award Winners and 90+ Pointers
7 p.m. Wednesday
St. James Cheese Company, 5004 Prytania St., (504) 899-4737
For those who missed the American Cheese Society Conference awards or various European competitions, this tasting features some of their top cheeses paired with wines awarded scores of 90 or more by Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate. There also is Bellegarde Bakery bread. Reservations required. Admission $40.
40 Arpent Brewing Christmas Bash
3 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
40 Arpent Brewing Company, 6809 N. Peters St., Arabi, (504) 342-2804
The Christmas party features the brewery's beers; Foodie Call, Frencheeze and Chef Johnson's food trucks; music by Pine Leaf Boys, Dr. Sick and the Late Greats; a craft market; face painting, balloon animals and a magic show for kids; a holiday costume contest; and a visit from Santa. Admission $5 in advance, $10 at the door, free for kids 12 and under. $35 VIP tickets include catered food and a special beer.
Cooking demonstration with chef Scott Maki
2 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-0405
Chef Scott Maki, who will open the restaurant Trinity in the French Quarter in early 2016, presents a cooking demonstration featuring dishes he's working on for the restaurant. Dishes combine culinary influences from Italy, France, Vietnam and Cajun cooking. Maki is a veteran of the tapas restaurant Rambla and Maple Street Patisserie et Bistro. Free with museum admission.