Grapes and Grain
8 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday
The Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-7997
The fundraiser for the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation features 25 craft beers, including many from Louisiana brewers, a wine tasting, food from local restaurants and music by The Yat Pack. Call (504) 455-5194 to reserve tickets ($50).
Farm to Table International Symposium
Saturday to Monday
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.
The conference features local and visiting speakers, food producers and others addressing topics including the slow food movement, artisanal foods, fair trade, food science, law and policy and more. Registration starts at $25 students/$60 general admission day pass.
Friends of James Beard benefit dinner
6 p.m. Monday
La Petite Grocery, 4238 Magazine St., (504) 891-3377
Local chefs including Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Aaron Burgau of Patois and Adam Evans of The Optimist in Atlanta and Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston prepare a multicourse meal of regionally inspired dishes such as duck-fat poached swordfish with peaches, boudin-stuffed rabbit and pork bresaola. Proceeds benefit James Beard Foundation programs. Tickets $175, $150 Beard Foundation members.