Link, along with Stephen Stryjewski, his co-chef and partner in Cochon, have put a quietus to the rumor mill circulating around Lafayette for months by purchasing property along Bayou Vermilion in River Ranch, right next to the Camellia Street bridge. They plan to break ground in the fall on a larger restaurant than the one in the Warehouse District of New Orleans, which will include a huge outdoor deck overlooking the river and space for a garden.
Link comes from an extended German-French family centered on the Cajun prairie around Eunice. His cousin, Bubba Frey, owns the Mowata Store, a renowned boudin stop, which smokes some of the best sausage in Acadiana. Link makes extensive use of that smoking tradition in his upscale Cajun cooking.
Most dishes begin with bacon that Link cures and smokes himself. It’s an astonishing elevation of commercial bacon, deeply smoky and containing none of the water that adds weight to grocery store packages. From there, Link plays with a hundred variations on Cajun cooking, serving up everything from fried rabbit livers with pepper jelly to heart-stoppingly good chicken and dumplings. His seafood dishes, like a beautiful shrimp, corn and tomato stew, concentrate the essence of summer flavors with a traditional one-pot technique.
While we wait for Cochon on the bayou to open, it’s well worth buying his cookbook, Real Cajun, to try out Link’s take on our homegrown cuisine. Real Cajun was this year’s James Beard cookbook award winner, beating out the other New Orleans celebrity chef’s contribution, My New Orleans, by John Besh. Both books are great, but Real Cajun is the one I reach for day in day out for its simplicity and adherence to local flavors. Summer’s also a good time to make an eating foray to the Big Easy, to get a preview of what’s coming to Lafayette, Cochon is located at 930 Tchoupitoulas St.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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