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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 →

Alexander’s 100-Mile Wine Dinner scheduled May 12; tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for Alexander’s Highland Market’s 100-Mile Wine Dinner on Thursday, May 12. A reception begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by the meal at 6. The dinner will offer wine from Franciscan Estate, one of Napa Valley’s most venerable wineries, and a meal prepared using ingredients sourced locally. Beginning with… Continue reading →

Deadline extended to Friday for Farm to Table Challenge

The deadline for chef applications for the second annual Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge has been extended to Friday. The event will be held in conjunction with the Farm to Table Experience taking place Aug. 18-20 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Ten chefs from across the U.S. will be selected… Continue reading →

Mandeville’s Emily Roche, 12, to cook on ‘Chopped Junior’

Photo provided by Food Network -- Emily Roche, of Mandeville, won $10,000 on Tuesday night's episode of 'Chopped Junior.'

Nobody likes the chopping block, Emily Roche included. “I was kind of nervous,” the 12-year-old Mandeville cook said of that part of competing on Season 2 of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior.” But if the 9- to 15-year-old cooks want to advance to the finals, and possibly win $10,000, they must survive two elimination rounds on the… Continue reading →

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 →