The competition will be fierce Sunday, Oct. 9, as 22 amateur chefs hailing from the Oakleigh Garden District descend upon Washington Square for the first-ever Great Chefs of Oakleigh Food and Wine Festival.

The inaugural event runs 4-7 p.m. as teams of chefs serve up a dish that may make them famous. The catch is that every head chef must be a resident of the OGD. Granted, they can have an assistant on hand, but these are regular people many of you may already know, stretching the limits of their abilities to provide you with the best they can offer.

The pros from Red or White will be on hand for top-notch wine pairings, so you know you’ll be in good hands. Draft and bottled beer will be provided by Callaghan’s and Griffith’s Brothers if you prefer suds to grapes. Preston the clown will hopefully pass out balloons and Drew Bentley will be the live music artist.

Tickets are limited so that guests receive a grand slice of what Oakleigh has to offer. But if you are lucky enough to make the cut before they run out, your ticket will serve as a ballot. Each guest will vote for a favorite chef. First place wins three nights at a beachfront luxury condo, airfare not included.

Prices are $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. Grab a pair by visiting greatchefsofoakleigh.eventbrite.com.

Mobile Baykeeper’s Bay Bash comes to Five Rivers
Save the date for another festival this month as Mobile Baykeeper’s annual Bay Bash comes to the Five Rivers facility Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m.

This celebration of Mobile Bay and our coastal communities always brings a variety of our excellent seafood from some of our favorite local restaurants to wake up your taste buds. There will also be signature cocktails, beer and wine with live music. And what would a fundraiser/eating event be without a silent auction?

The Bay Bash also serves as Baykeeper’s annual meeting. This year the honored guest will be Jack Greer of Greer’s Markets, who helped found Mobile Baykeeper in 1997.

Participating servers for this year’s throwdown are Bay Gourmet Catering, The Bluegill, Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill, Fresh Seafood Distributors, Half Shell Oyster House and Mobile Oyster Company.

Tickets are $50 for non-members and $35 for members. Proceeds benefit Baykeeper’s efforts for clean water, air and healthy communities. Visit www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-bash or call 251-433-4229 for more information. Stay on top of any updates by visiting Baykeeper’s Facebook page.

All Saints Episcopal gearing up for Bayou Bash
It’s never too early to start looking for tickets to All Saints Episcopal Church’s Bayou Bash slated for Friday, Nov. 4, 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $35 and you can get yours from a church member. It’s always a fun night and proceeds after cost go to the Outreach Budget for the benefit of those whom the parish helps. No money goes to the All Saints operating fund.

More details to come.

In the meantime, recycle!