What’s New, Mr. Baton Rouge?

By: Hunter Odom

Need a reason for a study break? You’re in luck. November is jam-packed with events across the city that are sure to guide us away from our outlines and textbooks, starting with DIG’s annual Holiday Cocktail Competition on November 9th. Located at the Renaissance Hotel, from 6-9 pm, patrons will be given the opportunity to sample unique, seasonal cocktails prepared by BR’s top mixologists from 25 local bars and restaurants. The event also includes delicious food provided by the Renaissance Hotel, live music, a photo booth, and chances to win holiday prizes.


Following the Holiday Cocktail Competition, the annual Cap City Beer Fest will take place on November 13 from 12-4pm at the corner of 4th Street and Spanish Town Road, in front of the new State Capitol. Hosted by the Companion Animal Alliance, this dog-friendly event is a great opportunity to unwind and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of downtown Baton Rouge. For forty dollars (fifty on the day of the event), patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited samplings of specialty beers from across the country. Food will also be available for purchase.


If you’d rather spend your study break sampling something a bit more nutritious, then the 34th annual Capital Chef’s Showcase is the event for you. On November 16th, chefs from the city’s finest restaurants and catering companies will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to serve their finest dishes. The tickets are a bit steep, at one hundred dollars apiece, but having attended this event in the past, I can say it is worth the price of admission. It is an incredible, unique opportunity to try dishes from some of Baton Rouge’s finest restaurants including Galatoire’s, Juban’s, Mansurs on the Boulevard, and more than twenty other local establishments. Additionally, all proceeds go to benefit Cancer Services. The event also includes live and silent auctions with several exceptional listings. Expect to see local celebrity chef, Jay Ducote, and LSU Baseball Coach, Paul Mainieri in attendance as this year’s honorary chairmen.