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August 28, 2014        

The Lt. Governor's annual tourism summit concludes today, after three packed days of networking, board meetings, socializing, eating, and FUN. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne gave a State of the Industry update yesterday morning, sharing some astounding figures with the largest turnout ever for the Summit.

Last year tourists spent $10.8 billion dollars here — $807 million of that was tax revenue for the state. We saw an 18% increase in international visitors last year, a record number,  the highest increase in the country. The Southeast Tourism Society named our Office of Tourism the Office of the year, a first time for us. Congratulations to Kyle Edmiston and his team, and the Lt. Governor's entire office on a great year. 

It's Festival Season! We have more festivals than there are days in the year, and September is starting to get busy. We've updated our events list with lots of new listings.; check it out here and plan your upcoming weekends. Email Jim if there's something you know of that isn't listed.

Come visit! National Geographic Traveler is about to name Louisiana the "Weirdest Country in America", and we're proud of that! 

Vote early, vote often: USA Today has October's Louisiana Seafood Festival as a candidate for Top Specialty Food Festivals in America. Right now some pumpkin festival in Hampshire is winning, so get clicking, people. You can vote once every 8 hours in each browser you use, and probably each mobile device. Click here, scroll to the bottom and vote. And come to the festival - we're sponsoring the cooking demonstration stage as usual.

Also: Presale for Emeril's wildly popular Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer ends Sunday, August 31st; Lava Cantina in Baton Rouge throws its first every Lavapalooza with music, food, and more that same day.

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Enjoy this week's recipes, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind

Susan Ford

Susan Ford, President

Our Kitchen & Culture, LLC

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Chef John Folse's Shrimp Creole

Chef Folse: "Shrimp Creole is a signature New Orleans dish. Just as red beans became a traditional Monday dinner, this dish is often seen on South Louisiana tables on Friday. The flavor of this dish is enhanced by the use of a rich shrimp and shellfish stock." 

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Spicy Chicken Wings

Spicy Chicken Wings

From The Tabasco Brand cookbook - that even sounds spicy! This recipe calls for frying the wings, but if you're looking to save a few calories, grill them over medium heat or bake at 375ºF for twenty minutes. Serve with celery, carrot, and bell pepper sticks, and lots of blue cheese dip. And napkins.

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Grilled Flank Steak

Grilled Flank Steak

I love the meaty flavor of flank steak. The key is to marinate in acid and salt for at least 24 hours, and up to 36, then take care not to overcook. It's very versatile; serve with a salad and grilled vegetables, add to a chef salad to turn it into an entrée, use it to fill soft tacos, etc...

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Events List

Aug 29, 2014 to Aug 31, 2014

Cypremort Point: Labor Day Fishing Rodeo

Aug 29, 2014 to Sep 1, 2014

Monroe: The Cottonland Cluster of Dogs Show

Aug 29, 2014 to Aug 30, 2014

Natchitoches: Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Run

Aug 30, 2014

Goldonna: Drake Salt Works Festival & Trail Ride

Aug 31, 2014

Covington: Labor Day Music Fest

Sep 5, 2014 to Sep 6, 2014

Shreveport: Centenary Book Bazaar

Sep 5, 2014 to Sep 7, 2014

Thibodaux: TaWaSi Antiques and Collectibles Show

Sep 6, 2014 to Sep 7, 2014

Morgan City: Deep South Championship Boat Racing

Sep 8, 2014

Opelousas: Soiree Royale-Acadiana Chef's Competition

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