If there’s any accurate barometer by which one could measure Shreveport-Bossier’s increasing interest in celebrating our local food scene, that barometer could well be the number of special dinners and food-centric events currently being promoted by area restaurants and organizations. There are quite a few. From a gaggle of gastronomic get-togethers aimed at gathering gourmands (whew!), I picked three that – if the Lord’s willing and the Duck Pond on East Kings Highway doesn’t rise – I’d like to attend.
Herby-K’s Block Party and Benefit
2-6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20
1833 Pierre Ave.
Admission: $25 (All Proceeds Benefit Pet Savers of Shreveport)
Facebook event link
What to Expect: Herby-K’s shuts down the street outside of their restaurant and fills the block with great food, entertainment for kids, live music and more. Live music will be provided by Shreveport’s own Bayou Gypsy as well as Buggaboo from Austin. Kids under age 10 are admitted free of charge, and entertainment for kids will include bouncy houses, balloon animals, face painting and more. For adults, there’s all of that great Herby-K’s food, beer trucks and music. Tickets are available at the restaurant or at the gate on the day of the event.
Annual Halloween Celebration at Lucky Palace Chinese Restaurant
Friday evening, Oct. 25
at Lucky Palace Chinese Restaurant
750 DiamondJacks Boulevard
Shreveport Bossier City, LA
Admission: Normal dinner prices
Reservations recommended by calling (318) 752-1888
What to Expect: Lucky Palace, a unique Chinese restaurant that features an incredible house specialties menu as well as one of Louisiana’s best wine programs, goes all out for Halloween. Staff are dressed in ornate costumes, menu items are given gross, hilarious names, horror movie soundtracks are piped through the restaurant’s sound system, and much more. This year’s theme is vampires, and diners are encouraged to come in costume.
Slow Food North Louisiana and Mahaffey Farms present “Fete on the Farm”
5-9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3
at Mahaffey Farms
440 Mahaffey Road
Admission: $50 general admission/$42 Slow Food members
Facebook event link
Buy tickets here
What to Expect: A partnership between Slow Food North Louisiana and Mahaffey Farms, this incredibly cool-sounding event will feature community-minded chef Andrew Parsons preparing food sourced from Mahaffey Farms while farm owner Evan McCommon shares the Mahaffey Farms story. Live music and local beer will also be available. It deserves to be pointed out that this is just the latest example of an outstanding culinary event brought to Shreveport-Bossier by Slow Food North Louisiana Chapter President Angie White. Thanks, Angie!