It’s time to get your Cajun on at the 10th Annual Bayou Bash. It’s one of November’s hottest events (save Thanksgiving), and they will be cooking up some of my favorite fare behind All Saints Episcopal Church at the corner of Ann and Government Streets.

Live music by Bust is just one of the attractions in conjunction with the cuisine. If it is anything like years past, you will not be disappointed. Be sure to get a belly full and dance the calories away. This year’s event has been wisely moved from its regularly scheduled Saturday slot to a more football manageable Friday night Nov. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 151 South Ann St.

Bayou Bash is a fundraiser for All Saints and Trinity’s outreach programs, and the main source of fundraising comes from the silent and live auctions. These are consistently two of the most interesting auctions you’ll find in our area. I once almost won a car. If you are feeling generous there is still time to donate to the auction. Simply download the Auction Donor Form from www.allsaintsmobile.net/bayou-bash. Deadline for donations is Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Tickets for the event are $30 and include food and drink. For more information call (251) 438-2492. Come celebrate a decade worth of food, fun, and fellowship while helping out a noble cause, and don’t forget to tell Clawed Boudreaux the crawfish I said, “Ahhheee!”

Food Trucks take over Convention Center

Where could one go to get a cross section taste of Mobile’s food truck scene? Why the Arthur R. Outlaw convention center, of course. This Saturday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibit Hall will be hustling and bustling with “Food Trucks for the Bay Area Food Bank.” Our favorite mobile merchants of cuisine will be slinging their stuff and donating a percentage of their sales to the food bank, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

This is a big push to get the pantry full at Bay Area Food Bank so they will be ready for Thanksgiving. Admission to the event is only $1 or a donation of a non-perishable food item per person. Parking is free. Keep Mobile Beautiful will be on hand with their conveniently located bins to educate the public about proper trash disposal and recycling, and Fun n’ Sun Inflatables and Party Rentals are providing a photo booth and a bouncy house.

It’s the perfect way to see what this food truck craze is all about. Local community leaders, politicians, business professionals, culinary aficionados, and lots of important people will be judging these vendors and will present awards to our area’s best travelling kitchens.

Salty Worm Brackish Classic and Delta Bash this Saturday

It’s freshwater and saltwater anglers pitted against one another in the same day. The Salty Worm Brackish Classic is a unique fishing tournament because of the Mobile Tensaw Delta’s ecosystem. And right in the center of that ecosystem is the Bluegill Restaurant.

After a hard day of fishing for speckled trout and bass our anglers will meet you and yours at the Bluegill’s Salty Worm Delta Bash. This fisherman’s after party will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 1. The $30 ticket price includes live music, a seafood buffet and great door prizes. Price includes a wonderful view.

Melting Pot sets official opening date

Everything is looking good at 840 Montlimar Dr. for a Wednesday, Oct. 29 opening. Mobile’s The Melting Pot will serve up its fondue to eagerly awaiting customers beginning at 5 p.m. If you’d like to join the fondue revolution, make your reservation now by calling (251) 341-7395. Mind your manners, though. There are fondues and there are fondon’ts. Know the difference.

Hangout Oyster Cook Off about to get real

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, next weekend will be an amazing time at the Hangout Oyster Cook-off and Craft Beer Weekend.

Here is the brief rundown. Friday, Nov. 7 kicks off the event with a Craft Beer Festival beginning at 6 p.m. with over 60 beers from 25 craft brewers with live music and unlimited beer tastings all night long. Tickets for this adult event are only $25!

Saturday, Nov. 8, the main event Oyster Cook-off begins at 11 a.m. Chefs compete in three categories for the best oyster. You can taste them all. The event is free to the public, but you must purchase tickets in exchange for oysters, beer, wine, moonshine and champagne. Don’t worry. There will be sports viewing lounges so you don’t miss a game. Awards ceremony begins at 5 p.m.

End the weekend with a Sunday brunch Nov. 9. There will be a bloody Mary bar and recipes from the cook-off chefs with NFL coverage from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

This is one heck of a weekend, and we will have in-depth coverage in our next issue and a closer look at some of our favorite chefs!

Media Olympics a partial success for the Lagniappe Cuisine Department

I know it’s the latest headline, and I hate to brag. But just indulge me. The Greater Gulf State Fair’s Media Olympics was a near success for team Lagniappe. We came in third. It’s because I, your not-so-humble food critic, sacrificed mind, body and spirit to garner all of our six points.

I first had to be a cow fluffer. That’s what you call it. I had to show a 910 lb one-year-old beast, and I am glad to report I came in third place, thanks to young cowpokes Courtney (18) and Wyatt (10). When the contrary animal wouldn’t behave I whispered in his ear, “I’m a food editor and I’m starving,” he straightened up. I had no intention of harming dear Francisco, but I needed an edge. One point Team Lagniappe.

After my teammates had a couple or three disappointing rounds we can chalk up to previous night’s hangovers I was called upon to eat donuts. Miniature donuts that were more like funnel cakes with lots of powdered sugar. Despite not being allowed water or any drink I managed to choke down two dozen in five minutes for an undisputed victory in that category and five more points on the board.

Congratulations to Mobile Bay Monthly for the overall victory and a $500 donation to your charity, McKemie Place, but I can at least say you eat donuts like a girl.