Popular restaurateurs and professional cooks will team up with some local VIPS and to combat child sex abuse and trafficking on the north shore with the 10th annual Men Who Cook competition on Nov. 6 in downtown Covington, and all ticketed guests get to sample the culinary creations that result.
The tasty get-together on the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center parking garage rooftop will also include live music by Louisiana Music Hall of Fame member Gregg Martinez, live painting by local artist Scott Withington, a silent auction and complimentary wine and beer.
This head-to-head meeting of chefs and cooks, along with a contingent of government and business leaders, will cook from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s all to raise money for money for Children’s Advocacy Center — Hope House, the only local agency that provides essential services to young victims in St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
Hope House is primarily funded through private donations and grants, and Men Who Cook is its largest yearly fundraiser.
“In 2021, Hope House served more child abuse victims than in any previous year in our organization’s history. We are on track to surpass that record again by leaps and bounds in 2022,” said Hope House Executive Director Thomas Mitchell. “The incredible support we’ve received from our community and Men Who Cook participants has never been more critical than it is right now.”
Although the goal is to raise lots of money for Hope House and its children, bragging rights will also on the line as the teams compete for three titles: “Judges’ Choice,” “People’s Choice” and “Most Money Raised” for Hope House.
This year’s teams include:
• Brad Middleton with Kazoku Asian Fusion
• Mandeville Councilman at Large Rick Danielson with Times Grill
• Covington Police Chief Michael Ferrell with Gallagher’s Grill
• Daniel Munn with Tchefuncte’s
• D.A. Warren Montgomery with El Mercado
• State Sen. Patrick McMath with Tavi
• Frank Richerand with Giddy Up Folsom
• Nick LaRocca with Leonardo’s Trattoria & Pizzeria
• St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith with Dicristina’s
• Abita Springs Mayor Dan Curtis with Brazilian Bites
• Shane Mutter with Pyre
• Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer with Restaurant Cote and Nathan’s
• Mandeville Mayor Clay Madden with Creole Tomateaux
• Jim Yancey, John Gutierrez and Vernon Shagnard with Walk-On’s
To access each team’s fundraising page, visit https://support.cachopehouse.org/MWC22. Advance tickets are $70 or $125 per couple; $80 at the door. Buy them at https://www.cachopehouse.org.
The public is encouraged to participate in pre-event online “tipping” toward one or more favorite teams, which will aggregate toward the prestigious “Most Money Raised” award. Donors can also take advantage of special “dine-in deals” — like free coffee, free dessert or gift certificates — at participating restaurants when they donate on site through Nov. 5. Men Who Cook attendees can also tip their favorite team(s) at the gala on Nov. 6, which will determine the People’s Choice Award.
MUSIC & FESTIVALS
AN ABITA FALL: The third annual Abita Fall Fest, with 12 hours of nonstop music on two stages, a Kids’ Zone (and a special performance by Imagination Movers); a green screen photo booth; a virtual reality experience; food, beverages and all the fest extras! in downtown area. Begins with an “after dark” festival Nov. 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. that culminates with the Rebirth Brass Band. On Nov. 5, a full day of music from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from a slate of performers that includes Margie Perez and Washboard Chaz. Tickets range from $15 to $40; VIP passes also available. Get more info and a full entertainment schedule at abitafallfest.com.
FESTING: Our Lady of the Lake Fest will take place Nov. 11-13 with three days of games, activities and live music at 312 Lafitte St. in Mandeville. For a schedule and details, check the schedule at https://festivalothelake.com. The “Glow Show” returns on the first night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to open the event. On Nov. 12, both Adam Pearce from Season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice,” and the Peyton Falgout Band, back by popular demand as the headliner, will perform. And on the final day, Christian Serpas & Ghost Town will jam for several hours to close out the weekend.
THREE RIVERS: The 26th annual Three Rivers Art Festival celebrates art, music and culture from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12-13 in Covington’s Cultural Arts District. Free admission. Spread across five city blocks of Columbia Street, shop the work of work of dozens of talented artists from all over the U.S. Includes 200-plus exhibitors, a live music tent, art demonstrations, local food vendors and a children’s activity area. Also, there will be a student art competition with 400 works of art created by local youth. For complete scheduled, see www.covingtonthreeriversartfestival.com or follow on Facebook.
JAZZ: The fall music series at the Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall continues Nov. 12 with Charlie & The Tropicales from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Old Mandeville. Dew Drop’s doors at 430 Lamarque St. will open at 6 p.m. Adults are $10 cash; children and students, free. Come early for the best seats, or bring lawn chairs to sit outside under the live oaks and enjoy the music that spills out. No pets, no ice chests. Parking free throughout surrounding residential neighborhood. Beer and wine are available by donation, and the Ladies of First Free Mission Baptist Church will sell plate dinners of home cooked food; $10 cash only.
LPO: The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 on Nov. 12 at Covington High School, 73030 Lions Drive. It is the second of the LPO’s north shore concert series. Gabriella Smith’s innovative “Field Guide” kicks off the night, followed by the symphonies of Florence Price and Dvořák, all led by guest conductor Vinay Parameswaran. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. show $35 for adults, $10 for students and children; buy them at lpomusic.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a pre-concert talk will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
FIRST FRIDAY: Live music on the Giddy Up Paddock from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 in Folsom. Free and open to the public, but don’t forget to bring a chair to the outdoor Paddock at 82292 LA 25.
ACES: The Mid-City Aces bring Cajun sound to the next Third Sunday Concert on Nov. 20 at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington. Young accordion master Cameron Dupuy; his dad, Michael Dupuy, on rhythm guitar; and Gina Forsyth, on fiddle, will play music that is fresh, bold, acoustic and firmly traditional. The concert series, in its 32nd year, is an outreach of the church. The one-hour concerts are free, open to the public and followed by a wine and light hors d’oeuvres reception for the performers and audience to mingle. Performances begin at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) in the main church building at 120 S. New Hampshire St. For more, call (985) 892.3177.
GUMBO: The first annual Krewe Du Roux Gumbo Cook-off and Family Fest will be held Nov. 12 in at the Fontainebleau State Park Pavillion, 62883 La. 1089 near Mandeville, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefitting Next Generation Clubs for students. Food, live music, family photo booth, Carnival games and more. Tickets $10 advance; $15 at gate; includes entrance to the park. Wristbands for families with unlimited food/amusements from $25-$100. Get them at festivals.com/krewe-du-roux-2022-30658.
BOTTOMS UP: Join Big Easy winners Lisa Picone Love and Ricky Graham and drinks historian Elizabeth Pearce at the Cutting Edge Theater for “Dry: A Prohibition Cabaret,” a lively one night show at 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Take a journey with this trio through America’s noble experiment told in song, from rousing temperance hymns to cheeky tunes about all the ways to drink legally — and illegally — during Prohibition. Tickets on sale now online, by phone at (985) 649-3727 or by texting (985) 285-6666 for the show at 767 Robert Blvd. in Slidell. See more at cuttingedgetheater.com
EXHIBIT: The annual “Animals in Art” exhibit at the Far Horizons Gallery in Folsom takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 4. In addition to the gallery exhibit, there will be artist and artisan booths, local food and live music next door at the Giddy Up Paddock. The two are located at 82286 & 82292 La. 25.
ARTY PARTY: The Friends of St. Tammany Art Association is holding its first fundraiser since Hurricane Ida on Nov. 6, a “Boujee in the Park” that starts at 4 p.m. The event in Bogue Falaya Wayside Park will feature LA Seafood Grant food that is prepared by Del Porto Ristorante, as well as music by the Pontchartrain Shakers. All proceeds will go toward restoration of the art association’s Columbia Street home that was seriously damaged during the hurricane.
GUMBO OF EVENTS
VROOM: Northshore Mustang Club presents the Show & Shine Car & Bike Show from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Don’s Seafood in Covington. All makes, models and years invited to show their stuff. Admission and registration are free. Door prizes, raffles, music, and awards for top 25 entries and Best of Show, at 3 p.m. Registration from 11 a.m. to noon or until the lot is full. The show dedicated to first responders. For more info, contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or (985) 630-1968. Rain date is Nov. 6.
BAZAAR: The seventh annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar hosted by the Women’s Center For Healing & Transformation will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 12 to showcase the art and unique handicrafts created by area women. It will be an afternoon of holiday cheer and shopping in a relaxed atmosphere. Meet the artists. The bazaar will be held this year at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Society, 28662 Krentel Road in Lacombe, a new location. For more info, call (985) 892-8111 or info@womenscenterforhealing.
SOS: Unleashed! Rescue Me Gala to benefit The Northshore Humane Society will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club in Mandeville. This yacht-themed gala will feature restaurants, cocktails, live music by Four Unplugged, silent and live auctions, wine collectors’ cork pull and more. Advance tickets $125 per individual; tables available, starting at $1,250. Get them at eventbrite.com or see more at NorthshoreHumane.org.
OOH LA LA: Mutts to Models Charity Gala Mardi Paws will hold its charity gala at Mercedes-Benz of Covington from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12. It will feature a cocktail reception, a runway show featuring dogs walking in their finest attire and an after-party. This year’s gala will be tribute to military service dogs and their handlers. For ticket information, visit muttstomodels.com.
MOVIE: “The Courage to Love,” a depiction of the life of the Venerable Henriette Delille, founder of what later became the Society of the Holy Family, will be the Movie Night feature on Nov. 14 at the St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church’s Family Life Center on Cross Gates Boulevard. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; movie at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served; RSVP required by calling the church at (985) 641-6429, Ext. 207.
DINE: The American Legion Bayou Liberty Post 374 in Olde Towne Slidell will have a Steak Night (dine-in or takeout) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 for a donation of $20. Meal includes a sirloin, salad, baked potato (white or sweet), and dessert. Call the Post at (985) 259-6048 no later than 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 to place an order. Include name, phone number, number of dinners, preferred cook of the steak and time to either pickup or sit-down for the meal. Pickup will be in the back parking lot of Post 374 at 2222 Front St. in Olde Towne Slidell.
SUPPORT: The Northshore Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Nov. 2 at Lamb of God Lutheran Church at 57210 Allen Road in Slidell. Doors open at 6 p.m. for socializing; the meeting is from 6:30 p.m. til 8 p.m. The group’s goal is connecting, educating and empowering the Parkinson’s community, and meetings are open to anyone with Parkinson’s and their care partners. For more, contact Mark Ellermann at email@example.com or www.facebook.com/groups/northshoreparkinsons.
WELCOME: Northlake Newcomers Club’s November luncheon will be held at Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville, at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. This luncheon will include a fashion show featuring holiday attire and sleepwear. The cost of lunch is $30 for members and guests, and reservations are required. For more information, see www.northlakenewcomers.com.
NEIGHBORS: The Hermadel Estates-Carolyn Park Residents Association will meet on Nov. 10 at the Sons of Italy Lodge, 1619 East West Drive, in Slidell. There will be a pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. There will be nominations from the floor for officers’ positions. There may also be a representative of the Slidell Police Department and the District D council member with updates about the neighborhoods. Bring a dish, if possible, but no alcohol. Just come meet the neighbors. For more, call Bettie at (985) 640-5019 or Cindy at (985) 707-7676.
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