Local chef and food writer Jay Ducote is celebrating the release of his Jay D’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce with five days of events next week. Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar will host the official launch party Monday, July 1, at 6 p.m. There, Chef Nathan Gresham will prepare a variety of eats featuring the sauce. On Tuesday, Red Stick Spice Company will host Ducote from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. for a cooking demo featuring slow-cooked brisket sliders and grilled sausage. Head to Calandro’s Perkins Road location (12732 Perkins Road) Thursday for a local foods blowout 3 p.m.-8 p.m. On the Fourth of July, Frankie’s Dawg House is hosting its third annual hot dog eating contest at noon. That Saturday, Ducote will sell bottles of the sauce 8 a.m.-noon inside the Main Street Market at the Red Stick Farmers Market. For more information, visit biteandbooze.com. —Matthew Sigur
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