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Beausoleil's Nathan Gresham on his journey as chef -- and a fall event that'll 'open people's eyes' about Baton Rouge cuisine

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Jeffrey Conaway, left, and executive chef Nathan Gresham, right, two of the co-owners of  Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar.

When Nathan Gresham first got to Louisiana, he was on the one-year plan. Now, it’s hard to imagine Baton Rouge’s restaurant scene without him. Since he was 18, the chef/co-owner of Beausoleil has loved the intensity and stress that comes with being in the weeds in a restaurant kitchen.… Continue reading →

Review: Tiny La Mexicana is big on flavor

Advocate staff photo by Kyle Peveto -- The carne asada at La Mexicana is marinated and full of flavor. It is served with fresh corn tortillas.

La Mexicana feels like an insider’s kind of place. You enter a small grocery store in a Siegen Lane strip mall and walk past the T-shirts, racks of pan dulce and a butcher’s case to find a few tables in the back. Like other taquerias across Baton Rouge, here they serve a variety of Mexican… Continue reading →

Treat yourself to ‘Seat Yourself’

“Seat Yourself: The Best of South Louisiana’s Local Diners, Lunch Houses, and Roadside Stops” by Alex V. Cook, LSU Press, 128 pages, $19.95, paperback Is there a better subject matter than the food of South Louisiana? No, there is not. In “Seat Yourself: The Best of… Continue reading →

The tastes of Jazz Fest can make you forget all about the music

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Chef, Pat Gallagher, of Gallagher's Grill, at his booth on the first day of Jazz Fest, Friday, April 22, 2016.

“It’s a big family out there,” says chef Pat Gallagher of his longtime experience serving food at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. “There’s a lot of camaraderie between the vendors, a lot of fellowship.” This year, festivalgoers can expect to find Gallagher’s booth serving up a trio of perennial hits: pecan… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge’s Most Delightful Foods honored

Baton Rouge-based specialty food company Most Delightful Foods won three 2016 World Hot Sauce Awards April 15 in Lafayette. The company swept the “Dry Dip Mix” category with its Taste the Seasons Cheese Spread and Dip mixes. The Cajun Trinity mix scored first place, Gazpacho mix took second and a new Tropical Chutney mix placed third.… Continue reading →

Menus, music announced for new Baton Rouge event May 7 -- Red Stick Food Fest

Photo provided by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation -- The logo for the Red Stick Food Fest, a free event coming to Baton Rouge in May.

A new food festival is coming to Baton Rouge in May, and it sounds delicious. On Wednesday, organizers revealed the menus and music planned for the inaugural Red Stick Food Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel’s outdoor festival grounds. More than two dozen dishes will be… Continue reading →

'The spoon is back': Chef Michael Mangham returning to Baton Rouge restaurant scene at White Star Market

Rendering courtesy of SQUARE 46 -- The Square 46 mixed use development on Government Street announced its first tenant. White Star Market, a hall that will have nearly a dozen different food and drink booths, will take up 6,000 square feet in Square 46. Construction on Square 46 should start no later than early summer.

Michael Mangham, chef and former co-owner of the Silver Spoon, is returning to the Baton Rouge scene with a new restaurant at the upcoming White Star Market on Government Street. Mangham, who sold the Silver Spoon in 2008, has dubbed his new venture “Another Silver Spoon,” and his menu will reflect many of the dishes that appeared… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: With a strawberry on top

Photo by CORINNE COOK -- Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Surely strawberries, and especially Louisiana strawberries, are one of your favorite fruits. I know they’re mine. The first ones of the season I always eat plain — not a thing on them. There’s nothing I enjoy more than biting into a fresh, perfectly sweet berry. Even better, one cup of plain strawberries is only 49-55… Continue reading →

Culinary Institute sets bakery, pastry classes

The Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge has announced four baking and pastry classes in the next few weeks: Petit Four Cookies, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Chef Christina Nicosia. Learn to pipe, roll out, fill and garnish a variety of small cookies, including cocoa mocha sandwich cookies, classic spritz, chewy coconut macaroons, and white chocolate… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge celebrity cook Jesse Romero to serve up Louisiana-inspired dishes at upcoming White Star Market

Photo by GREG GAYNE -- Jesse Romero, of Baton Rouge, gets busy in the 'MasterChef' kitchen for Wednesday night's 'Bring Home the Bacon' episode.

Baton Rouge native Jesse Romero of ‘MasterChef’ fame is the latest tenant to sign on in the upcoming White Star Market in Mid City. Romero’s Robear Ln. will feature Louisiana-inspired dishes, particularly meats and dishes popular in the Acadiana area, according to a news release from White Star Market owner Clark Gaines. Robear Ln. is… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Guide to cooking Southern-style vegetables

Photo by Cynthia L. Nobles -- Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

“The Southern Vegetable Book: A Root-to-Stalk Guide to the South’s Favorite Produce” by Rebecca Lang, Oxmoor House, 256 pages, $27.95, hardcover After looking through Rebecca Lang’s latest cookbook, I was eager to try some of its recipes. I headed to the Red Stick Farmers… Continue reading →

Side Dish recipe: Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad Makes 2 cups. Recipe is from “The Southern Vegetarian Book: A Root-to-Stalk Guide to the South’s Favorite Produce” by Rebecca Lang. 2 cucumbers 3 small tomatoes 1 small green bell pepper 1 small red onion 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar ¾ teaspoon table… Continue reading →

First in her class: LaPlace's Natasha Clement cooks her way to $50,000 Food Network prize

Photo provided by Food Network -- LaPlace cook Natasha Clement and mentor Robert Irvine break into big smiles when Clement is named the $50,000 winner of Food Network's 'All-Star Academy, Season 2.'

Natasha Clement graduated with honors from Food Network’s “All-Star Academy” Sunday. Forget the diploma. ­The 37-year-old LaPlace mom walked away with a $50,000 check and bragging rights after winning the cooking competition series’ second season. “There were many times when I doubted myself, but I just kept going,” Clement said Tuesday.… Continue reading →

‘Thinly pressed steakburger,’ creamy frozen custard sound good? Freddy’s opens Sunday in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by Freddy's Frozen Custard and SteakburgersThe Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers on Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge will open Sunday, April 3.

Baton Rouge’s first Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers restaurant will open Sunday to serve its “thinly pressed steakburgers” and creamy frozen desserts, according to a news release from the company. The Wichita, Kansas-based company built the 3,141-square foot restaurant at 6464 Siegen Lane at the former site of an Arby’s fast food restaurant. Founded… Continue reading →

Review: Zibitz offers extreme waffle sandwich selections

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- The Cochon

When it comes to waffles, Zibitz thinks outside the box. You might say it goes to the extreme. Situated in a kiosk next to Smoothie King along the rim of Mall of Louisiana’s food court, Zibitz Extreme Waffles! is a good place to take a load off, munch on something different and tasty, and people watch.… Continue reading →

Chef gives some quick recipes for if you ever have leftover crawfish

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Steam hovers around freshly boiled crawfish at Crawfish on the Geaux on Perkins Road, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La.

After a crawfish boil, there aren’t usually many leftovers. “It’s very rare,” said Lauren Alleman, 33, of Gonzales. But if it happens, Alleman wants to be ready. She and her husband joined chef Colt Patin’s class on leftover crawfish at the Louisiana Culinary Institute and learned how to make crawfish pizza,… Continue reading →

The Taste to feature chefs competition

Cody Carroll

Chef Cody Carroll, owner with wife Samantha of Hot Tails Restaurant in New Roads and Sac-a-Lait in New Orleans, is returning to The Taste on April 14 to defend his crown in the celebrity chef cook-off. Serving as his sous chef is State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson. The Taste, a fundraiser for Mary Bird Perkins —… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Delicious meatloaf with an Italian flair, ‘like a meatball but better’

Photo by CORINNE COOK -- Stuffed Italian Meatloaf

This is a delicious meatloaf with an Italian flair. It’s rolled up, jelly-roll style, with mozzarella cheese and thinly sliced pepperoni inside. There is just a hint of tomato — from the tomato sauce added to the meatloaf and spread over the top near the end of the baking time.The meat slices nicely after baking, showing… Continue reading →

La. restaurant group offering scholarships

The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation is accepting applications for $70,000 in hospitality scholarships through April 22. The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 to support the continuing education of individuals pursuing a career in the culinary and/or hospitality industry. With this year’s scholarships included, the LRAEF will have awarded $340,000 since the fund’s inception.… Continue reading →

‘Food Factory’ to feature Ruffino’s Gino Sclafani


Chef Gino Sclafani, of Ruffino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge, will be featured on the FYI Network’s “Food Factory” at 11 a.m. Thursday. Sclafani will prepare Ruffino’s signature shrimp corn dogs during the “Plane Sailing” episode. For more info on the show, visit FYI Network is on cable Channel 264 in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Texas-based Cowboy Chicken opens restaurant on Siegen Lane

Photo provided by Cowboy ChickenCowboy Chicken, a wood-smoked rotisserie chicken restaurant, opened on Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge on Monday, March 28.

Cowboy Chicken, a quick-service restaurant featuring wood-fired rotisserie chicken, opened this week on Siegen Lane. The 35-year-old Texas-based chain features whole, half and quarter-rotisserie chickens as well as chicken enchiladas, sandwiches and salads. The location, at 6555‭ Siegen Lane, ‭opened Monday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cowboy Chicken serves several… Continue reading →

Review: Cock-a-doodle-do visit the Rusted Rooster in Lafayette

Photo by Patricia Gannon -- Bistro table

Rusted Rooster is a small, cozy restaurant located across the street from city government in Lafayette, close to a busy intersection and next door to an equally busy pizza place. It’s easier to get Super Bowl tickets than it is to get into the parking lot but worth whatever it takes. The owner himself has… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Deviled or dyed, eggs fill the bill

Buffalo Ranch Deviled Eggs with Celery Stick

When my children were young, I seemed to never have enough hard-boiled eggs for them to dye for Easter. By the time I set up everything, got all their cups ready and boiled the water for the dye, it was over way too soon. Toward the end of the “fun family time,” they were accusing… Continue reading →

Three more seasonal markets sprouting up

Three more farmers market locations have been added for the spring and summer in Baton Rouge, said BREADA, the nonprofit that operates the markets. Currently, leafy greens, root vegetables, and early spring vegetables can be seen at the markets, which will run weekly, weather permitting, through July. The schedule for the seasonal markets is:… Continue reading →

Make a stand Lemonade Day signups underway

Kids, practice your lemon-squeezing. Registration for the sixth annual Lemonade Day Louisiana has begun. The free, communitywide program is open to Louisiana’s youth ages 4-18, and supports them in establishing and operating their own lemonade businesses. More than 20,000 youth across the state are expected to participate in the program this year. On… Continue reading →

Forum 35’s Uncorked set March 31

Fundraising and wine tasting will combine at Forum 35’s Uncorked at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge. The wine competition event, which also includes food, will benefit Forum 35 and the museum. The varietal for the evening is Pinot Noir. To become a sponsor or for more information,… Continue reading →