Beer events: Willa Jean's beer dinner and 40 Arpent Christmas Bash

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Willa Jean is a bakery and cafe in the Warehouse District.
  • Willa Jean is a bakery and cafe in the Warehouse District.


Willa Jean (611 O'Keefe Ave, 504-509-7334) hosts its first beer dinner 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s executive chef Ryan Savoie is visiting from Houston to collaborate with chefs Kelly Fields and Lisa White on a five-course meal paired with Saint Arnold’s beers.

The dinner costs $85 (including of tax and tip) and features cornmeal-fried P&J oysters with caviar and buttermilk ranch paired with Fancy Lawnmower Kolsch; wild boar pot pie with root vegetables and cheese and onion biscuits paired with ICON Red American Roggenbier; and a dark chocolate dessert with salted caramel made with Pumpkinator and served with Divine Reserve Imperial Stout.

To see the full menu or purchase tickets, visit Willa Jean’s website.

Chef Savoie visits Fat Harry's (4330 St Charles Ave., 504-895-9582) on Friday, Dec. 4. He has recommendations for pairing beers with dishes at the eatery, such as fried oyster and candied bacon sliders with Fancy Lawnmower.

40 Arpent Brewing Company (6809 N Peters St., Arabi, 504-444-3972) holds its Christmas Bash Dec. 12. It features beer and kid-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon animals, a magician and visits with Santa. There's music by the Pine Leaf Boys. Tickets are $5 in advance and kids under 12 are free. Tickets are $10 at the door and VIP tickets are $35 and include specialty beer and food. Check the event page for more info.


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