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Take classes on how to eat and drink local for the Eat Local Challenge 

  The Eat Local Challenge is an opportunity each June for New Orleanians to eat only food that has been grown, caught or raised within a 200-mile radius of where they live for an entire month while also learning about the farmers and artisans who operate in the area.

  If you're hesitant to take the 30-day plunge, the Eat Local Challenge also offers several classes and outings to help aspiring locavores learn more about growing, foraging and fermenting food firsthand. Foraging is an ancient practice that's become more popular recently, with sleuthing for mushrooms a particularly delicious pastime.

  Bubbling Bayou Community Ferments is hosting a mead-making class 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Fair Grinds Coffeehouse (3133 Ponce De Leon St., 504-913-9072; for those interested in drinking the honey wine near and dear to the hearts of Vikings, monks and Beowulf.

  For the more cocktail-inclined, American Sector (945 Magazine St., 504-528-1940; will host a "garden to glass" workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, highlighting the history of victory gardens and how using locally grown ingredients is an ultimate act of civic-mindedness.


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