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Pei Wei closes Baton Rouge restaurant

The Pei Wei restaurant in the Acadian Village Shopping Center has closed. The restaurant’s sign has been removed and a note taped to the front doors said the location has been permanently closed. Employees were on hand Monday afternoon, cleaning out the restaurant. One manager said the restaurant’s last day was Sunday, and referred… Continue reading →

Review: Make room for full experience at Rodizio Grill

Photo by Patricia Gannon -- Clockwise from bottom right, roasted pineapple slaw, feijoada, legumes com Parmesão, puré de batata, pao-de-quejio

For those who’ve never experienced it, Rodizio is an all-you-can-eat style of restaurant service popular in Brazil. Outside of Brazil, it refers to a prix fixe meal (sorry, preço fixo) where waiters in boots bring you various grilled meats until you cry uncle. Its gaucho ancestor is churrascaria, a style of cooking meat on skewers over… Continue reading →

Doughnut puffs make childhood treat extra special

Associated Press photo by RICHARD DREW -- Doughnut Puffs with Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce

When I was growing up, my father would take us to get fresh hot doughnuts every Sunday. The cake doughnuts, covered in peanuts or dipped in sprinkles, were always my favorite. And to this day, I crave cake doughnuts. Fast forward 20 years to the time when both my sister and I lived in the… Continue reading →

Citrus filling, salty crust make Atlantic Beach Pie a winner

Photo by KATIE WORKMAN via AP-- Atlantic Beach Pie

This Atlantic Beach Pie recipe comes from Bill Smith, longtime chef of Crook’s Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When I first tasted it, I went into a pie-induced trance. I have a fuzzy memory of finishing the pie, sharing it with my dinner companion, forks nudging each other for the final bites. Atlantic Beach… Continue reading →

Chicken sandwich gets makeover

Associated Press photo by RICHARD DREW -- Elizabeth's Chickwich

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A famously claims that they didn’t invent the chicken, just the fried chicken sandwich. There is no denying that the fried chicken sandwich is a classic and craveable combination. Before I started making my own version of the sandwich it was always the first thing I would eat when I visited my hometown. Six years… Continue reading →

Review: Christina’s serves up hearty Southern dishes, trip back in time; what else do you want?

Advocate staff photo by Kyle Peveto -- Red beans and rice at Christina's

Christina’s is a reliable downtown staple. Open for decades, the new owners (who also own Juban’s and Beausoleil) haven’t changed much at all since owner Christina Bannister died, and that’s quite all right. Like it was for years before, Christina’s remains that cozy spot on the corner of St. Charles Street. You seat yourself… Continue reading →

By land or sea, Pit-N-Peel has something for everyone

Advocate staff photo by Jennifer Brown -- The  honey glazed shrimp appetizer is $9 at Pit-N-Peel, located on Government Street in Mid City.

You may have gotten a taste of Elvondae “Von” Raybon’s food when he served up his cooking for patrons outside of Radio Bar. So when the time came to venture into a brick-and-mortar business, he opened Pit-N-Peel , a seafood restaurant and barbecue joint at 2101 Government St., over six months ago.… Continue reading →

Talented young cooks sought for ‘Master Chef Junior’

Fox photo by Greg Gayne -- Judge Graham Elliot discusses one of Avery Kyle's dishes with the Baton Rouge hopeful during the 'MasterChef: Junior' Season 5 finale. Kyle finished second.

Is there a pint-sized cook with pizzazz at your house? The “Master Chef Junior” casting team will conduct an open casting call for Season 6 of the FOX cooking competition series Saturday, June 25, in New Orleans. The team will be looking for talented young cooks between the ages of 8 and 13 (must be… Continue reading →

Chef Celeste Bistro opens in Main Street Market in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by BREADAChef Celeste Gill demonstrates dishes for feeding unexpected guests using local produce at the 'Fresh From the Market' cooking show in downtown Baton Rouge's Main Street Market..

. Chef Celeste Bistro, an open-air café inside the Main Street Market in downtown Baton Rouge, has opened. "I am excited to join the Main Street Market family as a full-time restaurant sharing my favorite Louisiana-inspired recipes. I look forward to partnering with local farmers at the Red Stick Farmers Market to highlight the bounty of Louisiana's vibrant… Continue reading →

Southern Ag Center sets youth cooking camp

Kids, get your chef caps on! The Southern University Ag Center, in collaboration with the LSU AgCenter, will host its “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (C.H.E.F.) youth cooking camp for ages 9-11 on June 13-16 and for ages 12-15 on July 18-21. The camp is designed to teach youth basic cooking principles and nutrition… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Chefs, restaurateurs and authors share food stories

Photo by Ron Manville -- Bay Leaf Custard with Mixed Berries

“When did New Orleans become self-consciously gourmet?” writer and broadcaster Tom Fitzmorris asked at a May 19 event celebrating Louisiana cookbook authors while benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. “When ‘du jour’ began appearing on menus,” he said, answering his own question. Fitzmorris served as master of ceremonies at the fifth annual Literary Luncheon, “Chefs in Kind,” to… Continue reading →

City Pork chef to play ‘Grocery Games’ Sunday

Photo provided by City Pork -- Look for Baton Rouge chef Eusebio Gongora on Food Network's 'Guy's Grocery Games' at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Baton Rouge chef Eusebio Gongora will compete on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” Sunday night, and that calls for a party. The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Pork Brasserie & Bar, 7327 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Gongora is City Pork’s director of culinary operations. Complimentary food and cocktail tastings will be served throughout… Continue reading →

Prudhomme dinner, all-day culinary event planned

The WYES Chef Paul Prudhomme Tribute Dinner presented by First NBC Bank will pay homage to one of America’s best-known chefs on Friday, June 3, at Purloo, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an open bar, specialty cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. At 7:30 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Chicken pairs with broccoli, salsa for a tasty meal

Photo by CORINNE COOK -- Lemon Garlic Chicken

I had chicken in the oven, fresh broccoli steaming and cold bean salsa is in the fridge. That’s a light, tasty and economical meal anyone can make. Most of the time I bake whole chickens sitting on a bed of onions, celery and peppers. But when I see chicken pieces on sale, I’ll get them, particularly if… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Cooking up a country supper

Photo by CORINNE COOK -- Meatball Stew

My brother and his wife were coming over from Texas to stay with me for a couple of days. Once I had the date, the next thing was, “What to cook for them besides crawfish?” Our Mama made a wonderful meatball stew with a brown gravy that was served over rice, so I decided to make that… Continue reading →

'I just wanted a pretzel, so I made a pretzel': Rösch Bakehaus’ Jim Osborne on his beginnings, what’s next

Photo by Jim Osborne -- A variety of Rosch Bakehaus pretzel breads.

Jim Osborne is a perfectionist. In commercial photography, a job he’s had for the past 20 years, he said there’s no room for error. He is always trying to get the best, most marketable image for a company. But most Baton Rougeans aren’t getting to know the 34-year-old through his commercial photos.… Continue reading →