September 10, 2015
Festival season is in full swing here in Louisiana; see our Calendar of Events below if you have any doubts. There's no excuse to be bored! I'm heading out to Eunice tomorrow morning for a photo shoot, then will spend the weekend in Breaux Bridge. I may check out St. John Restaurant's new location Friday night, and we're at Jois de Vivre for Dinner by Invitation Saturday night.
Sunday I will make my leisurely way to Opelous; I intend to explore , and have brunch somewhere along the way. Monday night you'll find me judging Soiree Royale, the Acadiana area Chef's Competition. Tuesday I'll make my way back to New Orleans.
Chef Alex Patout is back in New Orleans; he's co-owner and heading up the kitchen at New Orleans Creole Cookery in the heart of the French Quarter. Built in 1734, the building has been beautifully renovated, with a lively oyster bar on one side of the entrance, a romantic dining room, and, like many buildings in the area, a courtyard for dining al fresco. The menu is extensive, featuring distinctly different Creole and Cajun specialties, boiled seafood, etc.
We are deep into production on our holiday issue, and it is shaping up to be mammoth. Out of the kitchen so far this week, shrimp-stuffed mirliton, double-stuffed turkey breast, roast pork loin with figs and pineapple, and a chocolate pecan cobbler cake. Mmm hmm.
See our list of what's happening around Louisiana below and find something to do this weekend, even if it's just staying cool. Whatever you decide, 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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Sep 11, 2015 to Sep 18, 2015
Bossier City: DigiFest South
Sep 11, 2015 to Sep 12, 2015
Shreveport: Centenary Book Bazaar
Shreveport: Mooringsport Cypress Festival
Zwolle: St Jude Fall Festival
Sep 11, 2015 to Sep 13, 2015
Thibodaux: TaWaSi Antiques and Collectibles Show
Sep 12, 2015 to Sep 13, 2015
Cottonport: Cottonport Festival of Quilts
Gonzales: Repticon Reptile Show
Houma: Fallville Marketplace
West Baton Rouge: Oldies But Goodies Fest & Smokin' Oldies Cook-Off
Sep 12, 2015
Heflin: Heflin Sawmill Festival
Natchitoches: Wings Over Natchitoches Aerobatic Air Show
New Orleans: Downriver Festival
Ruston: Ruston Makers Fair
Shreveport: Red River Dragon Boat Festival
Springfield: Chiasson’s BBQ Cookoff
St. Francisville: Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration
Sulphur: Boudin Wars
Sep 13, 2015
St. Gabriel: Papa George Fairchild Jambalaya Cook Off
Sep 14, 2015
Opelousas: Soiree Royale-Acadiana Chef's Competition
Sep 18, 2015 to Sep 19, 2015
Greenwood: Greenwood Pioneer Festival
Marthaville: Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival
Natchitoches: Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
Springhill: Springhill Lumberjack Festival
St. Martinville: Pepper Festival
Sep 18, 2015 to Sep 20, 2015
Oberlin: Allen Parish Fair
Sulphur: St. Theresa's Bon Ton Festival
Sep 19, 2015
Alexandria: Le Tour de Bayou
Breaux Bridge: Jambalaya Cookoff
Grand Coteau: Exit 11 Yard Sale
Houma: Autism Information Expo
Leesville: Leesville Cruise In
New Iberia: Cajun French Music Festival
Shreveport: Highland Jazz & Blues Festival
Sep 19, 2015 to Sep 20, 2015
Ruston: Ruston Gun, Knife & Coin Show
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