March 19, 2015
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A Call for Recipes! We've had a last-minute change of plans for our upcoming May/June issue and are looking for outstanding Louisiana-style dishes to take to pot lucks; there are all kinds of family gatherings coming up over the next few months.
I need you to send me your best dish. If we publish your recipe, I'll send you a little gift (you must be a current magazine subscriber for consideration).
Click here to email me; please include your contact information, list of ingredients, method, and approximate number of servings or yield. Bonus - a history of the recipe, family anecdote about it, etc. We're looking for starters, soups, salads, entrées, and desserts appropriate for summer gatherings. We'll review and choose early next week.
If you like to bake and decorate cakes, this competition is for you: Edible Book Day at the New Orleans Museum of Art. There are categories for professional chefs, amateur cooks, and culinary students; pick one of your favorite books, and design and decorate a cake that illustrates that book. I have the good fortune of acting as a judge this year; whimsical in years past have included Curious George, the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter, and a fantastical Dr. Seuss creation.
Deadline for entries is March 20, but organizer Sheila Cork says if you miss the deadline, give her a call and she'll work you in: 504-658-4117. You can get the entry form and more details here.
I was in Baton Rouge earlier this week for meetings; Ben Berthelot, the president of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, had a great lunch at Chef Scott Varnedoe's Restaurant IPO afterwards and discussed some tasty coverage we have planned for that part of the state.
This weekend is the Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators cookoff in Shreveport. A fundraiser for Volunteers for Youth Justice, entry to the event is free. $500 will go to the winning team in the Seafood category and Non-Seafood category, and $250 for the People's Choice.
Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy this week's recipes, share them with family and friends, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind.
Susan Ford, President
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Mar 17, 2015 to Mar 20, 2015
Lafayette: Saint Joseph's Altar
Mar 20, 2015 to Mar 22, 2015
Amite: Amite Oyster Festival
Terrytown: Terrytown Spring Festival
Thibodaux: Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival
Mar 20, 2015 to Mar 21, 2015
Covington: Northshore Garden Show
Iowa: Iowa Rabbit Festival
Mar 21, 2015
Alexandria: Central Louisiana American Red Cross BASH
Arnaudville: 7 Mile Yard Sale
Bogalusa: Cassidy Park Cook-Off BBQ
Natchitoches: Bloomin' On The Bricks
New Iberia: Festival of Live Oaks
Ponchatoula: Ponchatoula Jaycees Jambalaya Cookoff
Shreveport: Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators
St. Martinville: Acadian Memorial Heritage Festival
Vivian: Louisiana Redbud Festival
Mar 21, 2015 to Mar 22, 2015
Baton Rouge: Habitat Home Expo
Lake Charles: Flea Fest Flea Market
Mandeville: Mandeville Spring Arts & Craft Show
New Orleans: Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival
Mar 22, 2015
Metairie: Irish-Italian Parade
Slidell: Slidell's Bayou Jam Concert
Mar 26, 2015 to Mar 29, 2015
Chalmette: Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Mar 26, 2015 to Mar 28, 2015
Fordoch: 11th Annual Fordoche Fair
Mar 27, 2015 to Mar 28, 2015
Hammond: Smokin' Blues & BBQ
Merryville: Merryville Heritage Festival
New Orleans: Hogs for the Cause
Mar 28, 2015
Abita Springs: Abita Springs Whole Town Garage Sale & Flea Market
Alexandria: Spring Herb Day and Arts & Crafts Festival
Belle Chasse: Plaquemines Parish Jambalaya Cook-Off
Mar 28, 2015 to Mar 29, 2015
Baton Rouge: Fest For All
Coltile: Cotile Trade Days
Mar 28, 2015
Lake Charles: Wild Beast Feast
Leeville: Leeville Arts & Heritage Festival
Lockport: Bateau de Bois Festival
New Iberia: Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival
Shreveport: Red River Revel Wine Event
Mar 28, 2015 to Mar 29, 2015
New Orleans: New Orleans Food Festival
Mar 29, 2015
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