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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Baton Rouge Epicurean Society presents the 7th Annual Fete Rouge

2012 Fete Rouge Winners
One of the largest culinary events of the year for Baton Rouge is coming up on Friday, August 23. The 7th annual Fete Rouge is upon us, and I'd like to personally encourage all area foodies or just big eaters to join me!

The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society's Friday event showcases prominent Baton Rouge area chefs and some of the finest wines from around the world.

The event actually kicks off on Thursday, August 22nd, with the Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Dinner, honoring Vince Ferachi, owner of Capitol City Produce and dedicated supporter of the Baton Rouge community. The dinner will include seven impeccably designed courses, each paired with a carefully selected fine wine. The feast will be prepared by some of Baton Rouge’s including Peter and Gino Sclafani from Ruffino’s Restaurant, William Wells of Culinary Productions, Jeremy Langlois of Latil’s Landing Restaurant at Houmas House Plantation, Cody and Samantha Carroll of Hot Tails Restaurant, David Dickensauge of Bin 77 Bistro and Wine, Kelley McCann of Galatoire’s Bistro, and Gary Schenck of The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

The big Food and Wine Fete kicks off at 6:00 PM Friday and features a competition in which 40 local chefs will each prepare their best dish. Gold medals and “Best in Show” prizes will be awarded, and I'll actually be serving as one of the judges. The evening will also showcase more than 200 wines from around the world. You'll be able to sample the food and wine throughout the evening while enjoying live music and entertainment. Friday’s event will also feature a silent auction and raffle benefiting the “Girls on the Run of Baton Rouge.” One lucky raffle participant will win a bottle of each wine featured at the event.

Tickets for Thursday evening are $200 per person, or $1,600 for a table of eight.  Tickets for Friday’s Food and Wine Fete are $50 in advance, and $65 at the door.  For more information and tickets to the festival, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, check out