Fri., Dec 6
Chef Duke's 21st Annual Foundation for Kids gala
7 p.m. to midnight Friday
Cafe Giovanni, 117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154www.cafegiovanni.com
Chef Duke LoCicero's Italian extravaganza features Italian cuisine, Alexander Grappa, a martini bar, Champagne and wine. There's live music and a live auction, and 100 percent of proceeds will be used to buy toys for needy local children. Tickets are $120, the attire is cocktail and validated parking is available at the New Orleans Marriott.
Sat., Dec 7
Gingerbread house workshop
9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday
Red Fish Grill, 115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200www.redfishgrill.com
Pastry chef Brett Gauthier helps kids make gingerbread houses. A $50 registration includes three seats, a gingerbread house kit and decorations, a chef's hat and jingle bell, crayons, a child's T-shirt and a photo with Santa Claus. Additional seats are $10 each. Reservations are required.
Sat., Dec 7
Louisiana Landmarks Society's
Le Marche de Fetes
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Pitot House, 1440 Moss St., (504) 482-0312www.louisianalandmarks.org
The holiday event benefiting Pitot House features art, demonstrations, book signings, food, children's activities, a visit from Papa Noel, performances, tours of the house, fruits, marmalades and pepper jellies. Admission $5.