The Big Easy may never again be what it once was, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to re-create it in your kitchen. New Orleans chef and restaurateur John Besh visits Jasper’s (1201 West 103rd Street) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to talk about the city where he grew up and sign copies of his new book My New Orleans: The Cookbook — a guide to more than 200 regional dishes. The book is published by Kansas City’s Andrews McMeel. The owner of four restaurants in New Orleans, Besh is recognizable from his recent turn as a contestant on Top Chef Masters. Rainy Day Books is organizing the event, which includes dinner from Jasper’s and an autographed copy of Besh’s book. Tickets cost $75. For reservations, call Jasper’s at 816-941-6600.

Mon., Oct. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2009