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The Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Baton Rouge


ABOUT THE PROJECT: “True BR” is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the music, events and food that are loved by those in the city, one can get a true understanding of the culture of Baton Rouge and the diversity of its people.


Sights

    True BR: The best fishing spots in Baton Rouge (Video)

    Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck  Leonard Baker of Baton Rouge hauls in a perch Monday afternoon while fishing at City Park. Baker said he spends 4 to 6 days a week fishing cause it's better then watching TV.  MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT / ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ Louisiana Business Inc. out (including Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, 225, 10/12, InRegister, LBI custom publications)

    Fishing is an important part of Louisiana’s diverse culture. The act of fishing is more than simply capturing the delicacies of the area. Fishing bonds families and creates unforgettable moments with friends. In this video, Brian Heimann, a biologist supervisor with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, gives an inside look at fishing and lists some of … Continue reading →

    True BR: USS Kidd pays homage to heroes (Video)

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 12-7-10. 00024042a. WWII US Army veteran Ory Poret, left, salutes during the pledge of allegiance, as the Tara High Junior ROTC color guard presents the colors during a Pearl Harbor Day observance on the USS Kidd in downtown Baton Rouge Tuesday.

    Alejandra "Alex" Juan, executive director of the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum, and Tim NesSmith, the superintendent of the USS Kidd, share their heartfelt views of the USS Kidd and the heroes that it represents. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding … Continue reading →

    True BR: Making movies in Hollywood South (Video)

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 12-6-10. 00024046a.  Phil Neilson, second unit director, seated, right, reviews rehearsal footage before a full scene filming for the movie Battleship,  Monday on Third Street near the Rver Center Theatre.

    Within the last decade, Louisiana has become a destination for those looking to produce quality films. Film production has moved from being a novelty in Baton Rouge to an industry that makes the region unique. In fact, blockbuster films like “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1” and “Part 2,” “Oblivion,” “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Battleship” have … Continue reading →

    True BR: Spanish Town hosts annual Carnival event (Video)

    Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Members of the Babycakes strut their stuff down Spanish Town Road during the 2014 Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday in Baton Rouge.

    Revelers turned out in droves this year as the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade took to the streets. “True BR” is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the music, events and food that are loved by those in the city, one can … Continue reading →

Sounds

    True BR: Symphony Orchestra a vital part of Baton Rouge culture

    The Baton Rouge Symphony performs at LSU Rural Life Museum on May 12, 2013. Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

    The Baton Rouge Symphony has been in existence for over 65 years and offers both educational programs and entertainment opportunities to the Baton Rouge community. Ron Ross, interim executive director of the Baton Rouge Symphony, believes the orchestra is vital to the future of Baton Rouge. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the … Continue reading →

    True BR: The legacy of Raful Neal (Video)

    Raful Neal. Advocate file photo

    International bluesman Kenny Neal talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary blues musician Raful Neal. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the music, events and food that are loved by those in the city, one can … Continue reading →

Tastes

    True BR: The power of gumbo (Video)

    Chef Carolyn Shelton gives a cooking demonstration at the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

    Carolyn Shelton, chef and ambassador for the River Road African American Museum, spotlights one of Louisiana's favorite dishes — gumbo. Gumbo is influenced by the many cultures of Louisiana and has the power to bring people together in both celebration and mourning. Every culture has a soup, and for Baton Rouge and surrounding areas that soup is … Continue reading →

    True BR: An 'udderly fantastic' dairy (Video)

    Advocate Staff Photo by Karin Devendorf      shot 06/20/09  pint of Kleinpeter's new Pralines and Cream ice cream to go with story on Aunt Sally's Pralines.                     00017635a

    The Kleinpeter Dairy has been in business for well over 100 years. During this time, the company's milk, juice and ice cream products have become a tradition in both homes and businesses throughout the Baton Rouge area. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton … Continue reading →

    True BR: Coffee cupping at Community Coffee (Video)

    Carl R. Leonard and Matt Saurage of Community Coffee at a coffee cupping. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

    Ever wonder about that great coffee aroma that sometimes permeates the Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge? That would be Community Coffee, a company that has literally served Baton Rouge and surrounding areas for over 90 years. Matt Saurage, president and CEO of the company, gives the inside scoop on Community Coffee's success and its relentless coffee … Continue reading →

    True BR: The Louisiana Snowball (Video)

    Customers eating snowballs at Tiger Treats at 13446 Jefferson Hwy. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

    There is nothing better than eating a snowball on a hot Louisiana day. Other states have their own frozen treats to cool off during the blistering summer months, but in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, the snowball reigns supreme. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds … Continue reading →

    True BR: Inside the Elmer Chocolate factory (Video)

    Heavenly Hash, Gold Brick and Pecan Eggs have been an Easter tradition in Baton Rouge homes for well over a century. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

    Heavenly Hash, Gold Brick and Pecan Eggs have been an Easter tradition in Baton Rouge homes for well over a century. Located in Ponchatoula, Elmer Chocolate was founded in 1855 and is one of the oldest family-owned candy companies in America. Even though the business is known locally for its Easter candies, Robert Nelson, president and CEO, tells … Continue reading →

    True BR: A belle of a bakery (Video)

    Sugar Belle cupcakes. Video by Kevin McQuarn

    Kasie Coleman was a pharmaceutical sales representative before being diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. After fighting the disease for two years, she decided to change her life. Instead of going back to her former profession, the avid baker opened Sugar Belle. Specializing in cupcakes, pralines and bundt cakes, the bakery was an instant hit. In … Continue reading →