Gateway to Great Cheese — Part 1: Brie, Cheddar & Havarti
7 p.m. Wednesday
St. James Cheese Co., 5004 Prytania St., (504) 899-4737
Liz Thorpe, author of The Book of Cheese, discusses major types of cheese and how to find cheeses with similar profiles. The tasting includes brie, cheddar and havarti cheeses and wine. Tickets $33, or $58 with a signed copy of the book.
Taste America: New Orleans
6:30 p.m. Friday
Royal Sonesta, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0300
The fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation features a dinner with courses by chefs Rocco DiSpirito, John Folse and Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R'evolution and Michael Regua of Antoine's Restaurant. Cocktail reception hors d'oeuvres are by Zachary Engel (Shaya), Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus (Coquette), Nick Lama (Avo), Michael Sichel (Galatoire's) and Martha Wiggins (Sylvain). Tickets $300.
Brunch at The Tigermen Den
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
The Tigermen Den, 3113 Royal St.
The Tigermen Den kicks off its season of monthly brunches with Cajun music and dancing. The a la carte menu from Fete au Fete includes Southern fried chicken biscuits, house-made sausage biscuits, shrimp and grits, trash grits and more. There's music by Jonno Frishberg and Cajun dancing lessons at 1 p.m. Admission $10.