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Jambalaya Sandwich takes top prize at Fête Rouge competition

Photo by Jenn Ocken Photography -- Chef Matt Reed's winning Jambalaya Sandwich.

Once again chef Matt Reed won Best in Show honors at the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society’s chef’s competition, part of the two-day Fête Rouge wine and food festival. At the Aug. 28 event staged at L’Auberge Hotel & Casino, Reed’s Jambalaya Sandwich earned him a repeat top prize. The chef, owner of Reed’s Cakes & Catering, concocted… Continue reading →

Shoppers Value opens at former Ralph’s location

Skipper Jones and Ted Harvey have opened Shoppers Value Foods at 6576 Jones Creek Road, formerly Ralph’s Market, in Baton Rouge. Store hours are 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Along with certified angus beef, the deli will serve breakfast and lunch daily. The location is the sixth Shoppers Value Foods in Baton… Continue reading →

WAFB to air Saints game, LSU special Thursday night

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Head coach Les Miles signs a replica helmet for a fan during LSU's 2015 Fan Day on campus Aug. 16.

Before Saturday’s opener, the WAFB (Channel 9, cable Channel 7) sports team will preview the LSU Tigers’ 2015 football season with “Pressure Point,” a half-hour special airing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. In a related note, if you’re looking for WAFB 9 News at 6 p.m. Thursday, it’s being shuffled. Due to the New Orleans Saints’ preseason romp… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Opening night gala

Winnie Darphin-Bacque, Don and Tish Johnson

Stagebackers hosted an opening night gala for “Lend Me a Tenor,” Lauren-Reilly Elliot Company’s much-anticipated new comedy. “I’m so excited about this play,” said gala guest Winnie Darphin-Bacque. “It’s funny and a little racy.” The period comedy about the mishaps of an Italian tenor and the Cleveland Opera ran through the end of August. “This… Continue reading →

Architects build Star Wars themed sculptures for 'CAN Wars' competition

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum -- "The Endless Battle of Good vs. Evil, Jedi vs. Sith, Food vs. Hunger," construted by Post Architects is part of the American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge's 2015 CANstruction competition at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. This year's contest takes a "Star Wars" theme with "Can Wars"

What does “Star Wars” and cans of green beans have in common? CANstruction. Ten area design and building teams competed last week in “CAN Wars” — inspired by the “Star Wars” triology — a competition to create the best structure made entirely out of nonperishable food items. So, among others, were Post Architects’ “The… Continue reading →

Common Ground: No joke, McGowan’s a Saints superfan

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- That evil smile. That cunning stare. That fleur de lis. Who could it be but Saints superfan Scott McGowan as his alter ego The Joker.

Superfan Scott McGowan is ready to fire up Saints crowds again this season in the Superdome. “People look for us in the stands,” said McGowan, who will dress as Batman’s archenemy, The Joker, for the Sept. 20 showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Saints. His goal: “To strike fear in our opponents when… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Forum 35 making matches

Photo provided by CHERYL HALL --- Lunch bunch --- Traveling to Houmas House Plantation Aug. 13 for lunch in its Burnside Café are PEO Chapter E members, clockwise from left front, Maxine Rak, Emily Wascom, Sharon Wilson, Susie Beck, Cheryl White, Cheryl Hall, June Klimash, Carolyn Curry, Mary Brost, Karen Martin, Becky Holland, Sally Lofton, Charlene Belk, Tommie ODonoghue, Kathy Massey, Sharon Leachman and hostess Pat Lutrell.

Forum 35 has announced this year’s participants in its John W. Barton Sr. Community Leadership Development Program, which trains young professionals in nonprofit governance. The program wraps up by pairing its graduates with area nonprofits interested in identifying candidates to serve on their boards of directors, committees and special projects. This year’s participants include: Mindy… Continue reading →

WBRZ’s LSU Tiger special airs Tuesday night

Associated Press photo by GERALD HEBERT -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) works out during practice in Baton Rouge Aug. 7.  Behind him is quarterback Brad Kragthorpe (16).

WBRZ will preview the LSU Tigers’ football season during the hour-long “LSU Preseason Special” at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Sports Director Michael Cauble, Weekend Sports Anchor/Sports Reporter Chris Price and Sports Reporter Seth Lewis will offer the latest news on the team from head coach Les Miles, and what fans can expect on the field this season.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Gallery recruiting new artists to help guide facility's future

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- Randell Henry's exhibit, 'Abstractions in Collage, is part of BREC Baton Rouge Gallery's July exhibitions.

The contemporary art-focused Baton Rouge Gallery is accepting applications for new artist members.

The BREC facility is a cooperative gallery, and its artist members help make decisions ranging about the art gallery’s future. The gallery has more than 50 members, who are professional artists skilled in areas ranging from textiles to ceramics to photography to painting.

Applications are due by… Continue reading →

LSU icon Billy Cannon says a lot of what you think you know about him is wrong; new book bares all

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Writer Charles deGravelles, right, says he jumped at the chance to become LSU football legned Billy Cannon's biographer.

After a life of spectacular highs and lows — of glory, scandal and redemption — Billy Cannon could have had his pick of authors to write his biography. There were two problems: He really didn’t want to tell his story, and didn’t trust anyone to tell it. Until last year. Now, Cannon’s life is, literally, an… Continue reading →

Review: Billy Cannon biography tells the good, the bad and the in-between

“Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run,” by Charles N. deGravelles, LSU Press, $27.50 The one question that always hangs over a biography, particularly if the subject cooperated in the process, is whether it will be honest. Will the truth be sugarcoated? Will excuses be made? Will the reader get to the end thinking,… Continue reading →

Community column for Sept. 1, 2015

Photo provided by SARAH HOLLIDAY-JAMES -- Parliamentarians -- The Baton Rouge Unit of Parliamentarians reviewed modifying motions and withdrawal of motions Aug. 25 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Main Library. Shown are, from left, seated, Sarah Holliday-James, Carole Gloger, Judge Pam Taylor Johnson; standing, Clara Earl, Barry E. Brooks, Nicole Learson and Nashon Route.

Lions International First Vice President Chancellor Bob Corlew, of Tennessee, was keynote speaker when District 8-N Lions held a leadership conference Aug. 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

What's up, Doc? 'Cancer Ninja' cartoons use humor to break down serious subject

TNS photo by MICHAEL SCHACHT -- Dr. Andrew Howard created Cancer Ninja, a cartoon about cancer, because so many patients knew so little about the treatment process.

While treating patients as a radiation oncologist at the University of Chicago, Dr. Andrew Howard noticed that many didn’t seem to understand their diagnoses. Beyond being understandably unable to take in all the information — something common when hearing upsetting news — many were mixing up basic information about their treatment, like chemotherapy versus… Continue reading →

Stock your freezer with fruit while you can

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- This easy recipe for Peach-Blueberry Frozen Pops is a great way to use some of your frozen fruit stash any time of year.

The autumn produce season catches me off-guard every year. As we glide from the hot days of August into the cooler months ahead, we never quite know when the magic moment arrives that we have seen our last bit of fresh summer fruit in the produce aisle. Sure, we can get peaches all year if we insist (and… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Do I need to get screened for prostate cancer?

Do I need to get screened for prostate cancer? A prostate cancer screening is when a doctor performs tests to look for prostate cancer in a patient who is not exhibiting any symptoms. The two tests used for prostate cancer screenings are the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). A PSA… Continue reading →

Multiple-choice answers to questions about home schooling

This photo provided by the Institute for Justice shows syndicated parenting columnist John Rosemond.  A Virginia-based legal institute is filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of Rosemond who says the state of Kentucky is trying to censor him. KentuckyÌs attorney general told Rosemond that his advice column runs afoul of the rules that govern the practice of psychology. The Arlington-based Institute for Justice says if the ruling is allowed to stand that columnists like Dear Abby and TV personalities like Dr. Phil could find themselves facing similar charges. (AP Photo/Institute for Justice

With increasing frequency over the past 10 years or so, parents have asked me various questions about home schooling, all pretty much boiling down to “Should I home-school my child?” First, I am a proponent of home schooling. (Full disclosure: I am on the board of, which is an offshoot of the Home School Legal Defense… Continue reading →

Health briefs for August 31, 2015

WHAT: GriefShare, weekly video seminars featuring experts on grief recovery topics WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 13 WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 224 W. Constitution St., Gonzales INFORMATION: Pastor Ed Bowman at (225) 450-4724 or visit DETAILS: The seminars address the real problems of grief including the challenges of personal grief and… Continue reading →

Multivitamins and supplements: To take or not to take?

Do you need vitamins and supplements? It depends. ORG XMIT: 1171944

“People ask me this question quite often: ‘Should I be taking certain vitamins and supplements?’ And the answer is, quite honestly, ‘It depends,’” says Anne Harguth, registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you should meet your nutritional needs primarily through diet. For some people, however, taking certain supplements may… Continue reading →

It’s LSU game week! And these fans will be enjoying this tricked-out tailgating vehicle; send us photos of how you like to tailgate

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Ready for Tiger football in their LSU custom-outfitted tailgating truck are, front from left, Edy and Jeff Koonce, and, back from left, Kirk and Michelle Fisher, Amy Landreneau and Eric Oberlander.

Editor’s Note: Here’s one example of how creative, die-hard LSU fans make tailgating special. SEND US YOUR PHOTOS of how you and your friends and family tailgate and we’ll include them in our Tiger Tailgating photo gallery. Email photos to The goal posts are painted, the field is lined, the footballs are… Continue reading →

New Orleans artist Charlie T. Johnson salvages flooded works to tell another story

Photo provided by Charlie T. Johnson -- Charlie T. Johnson's mixed media works on paper will be featured in the solo show, Art Reclaimed and Reconstituted, opening Thursday, Sept. 3, in Southern University's Visual Arts Gallery. Johnson's pieces are reworked artworks salvaged from his New Orleans studio flooded by Hurricane Katrina.

Twenty-five works will hang in Charlie T. Johnson’s solo show, “Art Reclaimed and Reconstituted,” in Southern University’s Visual Arts Gallery in Frank Hayden Hall. Randell Henry is curating the exhibit of works salvaged from Johnson’s Broadmoor neighborhood basement in New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters destroyed most of his art 10 years ago. These days, Johnson has… Continue reading →

Aquarium’s recovery tale teaches patience pays off

“A Penguin Named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story” By Suzanne Lewis, illustrated by Lisa Anchin, Sleeping Bear Press, $15.95 As people and pets were being rescued from a flooded post-Katrina New Orleans, a penguin named Patience was learning to be patient.… Continue reading →

At Random: As summer ends, go out and play

If we were a normal family, I suppose we’d have a nice bowl of fruit on the coffee table. Instead, the bowl in the den is more likely to be full of old tennis balls, kept there for the odd moment when we decide to take a few into the yard and ask our dog to go fetch.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for Aug. 30 - Sept. 1

Book events KIDS’ NIGHT: 5 p.m., La Divina Italian Cafe. Join Linda Taylor, author of “LSU Alphabet Book,” for this special LSU Tiger event. Wear your purple and gold. OGDEN HONORS CONVOCATION FEATURING AUTHOR MICHAEL PITRE: 7:30 p.m., LSU Student Union Theater. New Orleans… Continue reading →

N.O. hotel offering supercar driving tour

The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is bringing the Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience to the streets of New Orleans. This driving program will come to The Roosevelt on two separate occasions and offer hotel guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of three incredible supercars — a Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, a McLaren MP4-12C… Continue reading →

Trips offered to Tanzania, Cozumel

Photo provided by Phil Frost -- The Baton Rouge Zoo's tour group gets a close look at the wildlife on a trip to Kenya in 2014.

Whether you’d like to watch wildebeest and zebras roam or set sail with John Schneider, you’re in luck. Spaces are still available for the Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo’s expedition to Tanzania and the actor-hosted cruise to Cozumel. Both trips happen in November. This will be the third Friends-sponsored journey to Africa. Having visited Kenya… Continue reading →

One party after another

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Dining By Design --- Taking over the kitchen at the Crowne Plaza for Dining By Design are celebrity chefs, from left, Dondi McNulty, Chris Lusk, Chris Motto, Peter Sclafani, Charles Carroll, Rick Tramonto,Seth Shipley, Pierre Sauvaget, Phillippe Caupain and Jared Van Camp.

Last week’s party hopping started off on Monday and continued through Sunday, often with multiple events on the same day. I told you the social scene was heating up. So here we go. The Crowne Plaza ballroom was transformed into the Garden of Eden Aug. 23 for this… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area arts calendar for Aug. 30, 2015

Here’s what’s going on this week in the area arts and cultural scene: Auditions for New Venture Movement’s upcoming dance concert, “SOUL,” are set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Performances are set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence… Continue reading →

BR Gallery accepting new artists applications

Baton Rouge Gallery is making its annual call for new artist members. Since its founding 50 years ago, Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, has grown into one of the area’s premier contemporary arts centers. The mission of Baton Rouge Gallery is to advance local and national contemporary artists and to engage the community through unique cultural… Continue reading →

Museum to feature exhibitions on West

The fall season at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, will feature two exhibitions devoted to the West: “Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined” and “Art Under the Big Sky.” An opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. The new exhibits… Continue reading →

LSU Libraries exhibits 'Tempest' collection on Louisiana storms

Photo provided by LSU Libraries Special Collections -- The Audubon Sugar School after a 1915 hurricane. This photo is part of the LSU Libraries Special Collections' exhibit, "Tempest: Storms in the Archives," which runs through Sept. 12 at Hill Memorial Library.

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LSU Libraries’ Special Collections division presents the exhibition “Tempest: Storms in the Archives” at Hill Memorial Library on campus. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs through Sept. 12. Louisiana hurricanes have left their mark in correspondence, photographs,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Fall fashion trends may surprise

David Blanchet, Josette Abshire

As you struggle to shoo away the insects of summer, fall’s long since arrived in the international fashion houses. Their cool weather couture collections are off and strutting down the runways, the trends are fixed, and whether you lean more Missoni, Maison Margiela or Miu Miu, the suspense is over. Those designers wishing to attract the young… Continue reading →

Human Condition: Hotel stay brings flood of Katrina memories

Turning from U.S. 90, I stare at the Marriott Courtyard and suddenly know I’ve been here before. The building’s different — I remember balconies. This façade is flat; that hotel was a Holiday Inn. Yet the parking lot, planted with lush vegetation, looks familiar. And I recognize the view — sandy beach, rolling waves, pier jutting into… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge faith community responded to Katrina evacuees in many ways

Associated Press file photo by DAVE MARTIN -- Many of the thousands who evacuated from the New Orleans area during Hurricane Katrina ended up in Baton Rouge, where churches opened their doors to provide food, water and shelter.

As tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees poured out of New Orleans, the people of faith of Baton Rouge opened their arms and doors to welcome them. “It was quite amazing,” Mayor-President Kip Holden said. “The church answered the call. … A lot of churches took in a lot of folks. They fed people.… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Christmas gifts that appeal worldwide

This time of year, many area residents gear up for a Christmas project: the annual collection of shoeboxes filled with gifts for children around the world. Many churches gather Operation Christmas Child boxes from members. Those boxes then go to Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, which acts as a collection point for the region and loads the… Continue reading →

Religion bulletins for Aug. 29, 2015

RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS WOMEN’S GROUP: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color6 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1 S. Group is for individuals seeking freedom from destructive habits. Free. (225) 776-1652. Sunday WORSHIP SERVICES: 11 a.m., New Covenant Christian… Continue reading →

Story of Clinton's 175-year-old Marston House one of revival and survival -- and there's the bank vault

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Marston House in Clinton is now restored and ready for community cultural events. The building was started in the 1830s by the Union Bank of New Orleans, but never finished. In 1835, Henry Marston made a deal to complete the bank, the Union Bank of Clinton, and, in 1837, added the family residence to the building.

James G. “Jimmy” Marston III lives in Shreveport, but his roots are in Clinton in the 175-plus-year-old Southern classic Marston House. For decades, the once-grand home stood as a reminder of one of Clinton’s great old families and of the town’s years as a commercial center. At a Marston family… Continue reading →

Garden news: Time to divide, plant your Louisiana irises

Photo by DAN GILL/LSU AgCenter  Now's a great time to plant or divide your Louisiana irises, which can be found around the world.

Louisiana iris is the name used worldwide for a unique group of Louisiana-native iris species and, in particular, their hybrids. They are now grown in gardens from Europe to Australia. The best time to plant Louisiana irises is in August and September when they are at their most dormant, or October just as they begin to grow,… Continue reading →

Volunteer opportunities in Baton Rouge area

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column every Friday. To learn more about these opportunities please contact the listed agency directly or visit to sign up online. PROGRAM INVESTMENT VOLUNTEERS, Capital Area United Way — (225) 383-2643: CAUW is seeking volunteers to help CAUW… Continue reading →

Capital Chefs’ Showcase participants have various motives, but Best in Show title a major draw

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Drusilla Place executive chef Sonny Creel will prepare chipotle-rubbed beef short ribs, a shiitake mushroom risotto and an asparagus and parsnip salad for the Sept. 10 Capital Chefs' Showcase.

For some chefs and restaurant owners, it’s personal. For others, it’s a chance to give back to the community. And then there’s the bragging rights that come with serving the best dish of the night. Stir up all those ingredients, add a little music, and you’ve got the 33rd annual Capital Chefs’ Showcase, benefiting Cancer Services… Continue reading →