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Food & Drink Events (May 18 - 24, 2015) 

May 20-24
Jambalaya Festival

Wednesday-Sunday Gonzales Civic Center, 219 S. Irma Ave., Gonzalez, (225) 647-9549
The jambalaya cooking contest is essentially a world championship, since Gonzales dubs itself the jambalaya capital of the world. The festival includes five days of amusement rides, and live music on three stages Friday through Sunday. Performers include Rockin' Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, Blue Eyed Soul, Chee Weez and many more. There's also a 5K and 1-mile run/walk.

May 21
Esporao wine dinner

6:30 p.m. Thursday
Emeril's New Orleans, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393
Esporao winemaker David Baverstock will attend a five-course dinner featuring the Portuguese vintner's wines and dishes by chef de cuisine David Slater. Courses include tuna crudo, Two Run Farm goat changana with Portuguese rice, beef ribs with chimichurri, and a Portuguese-style custard tart. Hors d'oeuvres are served at a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. The dinner costs $125.

May 22
Big Gateaux Show

9 p.m. Friday
Royal Sonesta, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0300;
The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience pastry competition features chefs including Christopher Cwierz of The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and Orlando Santos of Detroit's MGM Grand. Burlesque dancers Trixie Minx and Bella Blue perform. Chefs must create a showpiece and 1,000 petit fours and bonbons. Admission includes samples and drinks. Tickets $75.


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