Chef Eric Johnson & Co. Setting a new standard in culinary services in North East Louisiana!


For this culinary adventure, I can honestly say that it is my utmost pleasure to do a review on a truly fantastic eatery located at 222 Blanchard Street in West Monroe, Louisiana.  This wonderful gem is situated in a prime location for businesses on and/or around the Cypress Street, Thomas Road, North 7th Street business population, as well as for those diners who are traveling along I-20. Click here more information on Chef Eric & Co including menus.

SCALES & ALES – 2014



If you find the beauty of an aquarium a peaceful counterpoint to typical New Orleans nightlife, this is your opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. This Friday, September 12, is the 5th Annual Scales & Ales to support the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas’ conservation efforts and education programs. Partygoers will enjoy Bites and Brews including: Abita Beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and delicious cuisine from more than 30 local restaurants. The evening’s live entertainment will feature The Atlanta Showstoppers.

Scales & Ales is the signature fundraiser for Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. You have the once-a-year opportunity to support the education and conservation initiatives of the Aquarium while enjoying the Aquarium and Woldenberg Park in a unique, adult-only setting.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Entergy IMAX® Theatre will be open only until 2pm on Friday to prepare for this event.

Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez, Mississippi - Comfort Food for the Soul


Should you wonder while you begin to read this post why I opted to drive outside of my beloved home state of Louisiana to visit the proud lady of Mississippi, my answer is simply that my wonderful friend, David Leach, (who coincidentally is the brother and son of the proud owners of this establishment) asked me to venture out on a road trip with him from our home in North Louisiana, and I certainly couldn’t pass up this grand opportunity!   

Built by Henry Gaude’ in 1940, Mammy’s Cupboard in Natchez, Mississippi stands over forty feet in height as a beacon of an era long since past located on Highway 61 South.  Serving as not only a restaurant, the cupboard has withstood the tests of time as a gas station, craft center as well as various gift shops until she was reopened in her original glory as a restaurant in 1994 by Ms. Doris Kemp.

Holiday Season Starts Early Around Here


We are putting the finishing touches on our recipe list for our holiday issue and my mouth is watering. I've got nieces and nephews bringing great nieces and nephews over to help decorate gingerbread men this weekend. There was so much fudge in my kitchen a couple of weeks ago we couldn't give it all away -- so much, in fact, we finally gave up eating it. There are still a few bites left.

Local medicinal herb enthusiast discusses health and well-being


Free series “Healing Traditions in Acadiana” discusses traiteurs, medicinal plants and much more

The Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association in partnership with the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park invites the community to join their free series, Healing Traditions is Acadiana, continuing on Saturday, August 30 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Vermilionville’s Performance Center.

The Healing Traditions in Acadiana series aims to broaden local historical knowledge of healing practices in Acadiana by making the public aware of the need to preserve medicinal plants as well as the knowledge of their uses. This lecture series also serves as an introduction to the general public about the healing traditions of the Cajun and Creole peoples of the area as well as the need to preserve medicinal plants, as well as the knowledge of their uses.

Jefferson Parish Louisiana Oyster Trail


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The Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. and the Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program present the Jefferson Parish Louisiana Oyster Trail. An  experience focusing on Jefferson Parish restaurants serving Louisiana Oysters!  Visitors and locals alike will experience the local flavor, as well as the flare of local artists' hand-painted sculptures depicting Jefferson Parish. 




The 14th annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron will take place August 1 – 3 at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. The premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong is free and open to the public. This event, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), brings musical performances with a focus on traditional and contemporary jazz and brass bands. Naturally, the will be festival dining at "Red Bean Alley" along with three full days of fascinating Satchmo Seminars about New Orleans music and Louis Armstrong inside the air-conditioned Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint.





Hello Cocktail Lovers! Do you all have plans for Monday evening? I didn’t think so; I have an idea. If you love a yummy cocktail with bit of history back as much as I, this event can satiate many of your needs. On Monday July 14, 2014, the Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) will hold its fabulous annual fundraiser at the internationally famed Windsor Court Hotel.




I do not know how things are in your whiskey world, but in my friendly neighborhood liquor store times are tough. Trying to find a bottle of Buffalo Trace or Weller’s, for example, has been akin to finding a non-inebriated soul Saturday night on Bourbon Street. Fortunately, into this suffering world comes a hero on angel’s wings.

Angel’s Envy is a new bourbon in the Louisiana market inspired by an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Legendary Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson spent a lifetime crafting fine spirits and this is his masterpiece. The 5% of spirit lost each year during barrel aging is called the “Angel’s Share.” After tasting this finished bourbon, Lincoln joked that we had finally gotten a better deal than the angels. And so Angel’s Envy was born.

Not your ordinary steakhouse, 18 Steak did not disappoint!


18 Steak @ L’Auberge Casino, Baton Rouge 

As managing editor of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture, I have had many wonderful and wide-ranging dining experiences, so when the opportunity arose to try L’Auberge Casino’s 18 Steak, I accepted with enthusiasm, looking forward to discovering yet another great place to eat.

The restaurant is situated on the east bank of the Mississippi and features an amazing sunset river view. The ambiance, much like the food, is inviting and warm, yet exudes an understated opulence- the perfect setting for an intimate date night dinner.  The wait staff was attentive and well-informed regarding both menu and well-rounded wine list. (The wine list was available as an app on a tablet computer)

Our server, Kyle noticed I was having a bit of difficulty deciding on a wine,  suggested a 2012 Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon- which paired perfectly with the flavorful food that was to follow.


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