The New York-based James Beard Foundation hosts Chefs for Louisiana Cookery from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, at Kingsley House in the Lower Garden District. The event features dishes from two dozen local chefs, each teamed with various Louisiana food producers to showcase the state's cuisine. Tickets begin at $100. See www.louisianacookery.com for details. On March 22, the foundation announces finalists for its annual awards program at a private event at Palace Cafe. Winners will be announced in New York on May 3.