July 2, 2015
Congratulations to my friends Cody and Samantha Carroll; they've finally announced that they've been invited to take a taste of Louisiana to the James Beard House this fall. The invitation came just after they opened their second restaurant, Sac-A-Lait, in New Orleans; their first restaurant, Hot Tails, continues to thrive in New Roads. Samantha will be the youngest chef to ever be invited to cook at the James Beard house, and they're one of the youngest couples ever invited. Those two announced plans to open the new restaurant last fall and almost immediately discovered Samantha was expecting their first child; they birthed a restaurant and a baby, and snagged the James Beard invitation all within about six weeks in the first quarter. Congrats, and well deserved!
Last Friday I had the good fortune to be invited in to Criollo, in the historic Monteleone in the New Orleans French Quarter, to sample a few items off Chef Maynard's new summer menu, which debuts this week. He started me off with a shrimp salad with a little bite to it, perfect for a hot summer day; wedges of fried green tomato offered a little crunch. Next, a trio of ravioli in red, green, and white with a selection of fillings. He followed that with perfectly-fried shrimp and scallops over a bed of very light pasta, then the superstar, a softshell crab coated in cracker crumbs and fried off to perfection. It came with a salad with a pepper jelly vinaigrette. I'm still thinking of. My mom used to use cracker crumbs for breading, and I'd forgotten all about it. Look for some applications in an upcoming issue of the magazine!
See our list of what's happening around Louisiana below and find something to do this weekend. Whatever it is, enjoy the recipes this week, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind.
Susan Ford, Publisher
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Jul 2, 2015 to Jul 4, 2015
Cypremort Point: Fourth of July Fishing Rodeo
Jul 3, 2015 to Jul 5, 2015
Mandeville: Mandeville Seafood Festival
Jul 4, 2015
Bogalusa: Bogalusa Watermelon Festival
Lake Charles: Lake Charles Fourth of July Concert
Lebeau: LeBeau Zydeco Festival
Natchitoches: Celebration On The Cane
New Iberia: New Iberia Fourth of July Parade
Sarepta: 4th of July in Sarepta
Slidell: Slidell Heritage Festival
Thibodaux: Let Freedom Ring Festival
Venice: Venice 4th of July Festival
Jul 9, 2015 to Jul 12, 2015
New Orleans: San Fermin in Nueva Orleans
Jul 10, 2015 to Jul 12, 2015
Breaux Bridge: Christmas in July
Ponchatoula: Christmas in July
Jul 11, 2015
Alexandria: FOTAZ Feeding Frenzy
New Iberia: Reunion 5K Walk/Run for a Cure of Diabetes
Saline: Saline Watermelon Festival
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