Culinary Classic raises more than $30K for Stuller Place
Fine food and a chance to raise money for a local non-profit were both on the menu at last night’s Culinary Classic. Stuller Place has been the beneficiary of the high-profile cooking competition for the past four years. Last year, Stuller Place received $30,000, and according to Classic organizer and chef/owner of Catahoula’s in Grand Coteau, Jude Tauzin, this year’s contest topped that sum.
Best of Show winner is chef Scott Vornadoe of V’s Catering and Events, from St. Francisville. His “The Last Hunt,” a stuffed quail dish, garnered the $10 thousand top prize. Cypress Bayou Casino’s chefs Scott McCue, Blake Payne, Laci Booth and Willie Gaspard cleaned up with a total of five gold medals in the soup, salad, bread, meat, and shellfish categories. Jeremy Conner from Catahoula’s claimed gold in the pork, lamb and wild game competition. Prejean’s Earnest Prejean won in fin fish. Opelousas General Health System’s Reynold Landry scooped up in the vegetable category, and pastry chef Keri Simon from the Petroleum Club got a sweet gold for her dessert.
For a complete list of the winners and winning dishes, click here.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.