Latkes with a Twist
8 p.m. Thursday
Bellocq, 936 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0911; www.thehotelmodern.com/bellocq
Jewish Children's Regional Service's Hanukkah party featues a made-to-order latke bar by chef Daniel Esses of Three Muses and a vodka latke cocktail from Neil Bodenheimer of Bellocq and Cure. Israeli soul singer Eleanor Tallie performs. Proceeds benefit a JCRS library program. Tickets $25.
Gingerbread House Workshop
10 a.m.-noon Saturday
Red Fish Grill, 115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200
Executive chef Austin Kirzner and pastry chef Brett Gauthier teach children how to build and decorate a gingerbread house. A $55 kit includes admission for three people (additional guests are $10), one gingerbread house, chef hats, a child-size T-shirt and crayons. There's another workshop Dec. 12. For reservations call (504) 539-5508.
In the SoFAB Kitchen with Jambalaya Girl
2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-0405
Kristen Preau, aka Jambalaya Girl, shares recipes for holiday side dishes such as cranberry pecan rice pilaf. She'll preview her newest product, gumbo, and discuss how she launched her food company with her jambalaya recipe. Free admission.