Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro has a new plate lunch special every week and some scintillating ideas for oysters and St. Patrick’s Day.
Jolie’s is now offering a Plate Lunch Special. It changes weekly and checks in around $10. This week the choice is a filling, comforting favorite — chicken pot pie with garlic mashed potatoes.
Partially inspired by the great local seafood in Louisiana and also inspired by its aphrodisiac qualities found in foods around this time of year, Feb. 9 is Jolie’s Oyster Dinner. For $35 you get to try several courses that feature the celebrated sea fare like the Walrus and the Carpenter, or oyster with braised pork belly. Right now this dinner is booked up but call Jolie’s at 504-2382 and ask to be put on the waiting list. You can also shoot them an email at
You have a better chance, however, of enjoying the St. Patty’s Day Beer Brunch. Starting at 10:30 a.m. March 17 Jolie’s is pairing up with local brewery LA 31 and giving a brunch fit for hungry beer bellies.
The amuse bouche will be a bacon custard dippy egg with a curro. First course is a savory beignet stuffed with beer boudin and green sugar. Second course is a a fried grit cake topped with sugarcane smoked chicken tasso grillades. For an intermezo to catch your breath are sweet potato hoecakes with house-made bologna and berry moonshine syrup. Back to the delicious grind with the third course of Jolie’s take on Eggs Benedict: prociutto d’Acadie eggs with red eye hollandaise. For the fourth course is Italy, France, Ireland and Cajuns coming together for a finish fit for the most picky of pieholes: panettone French toast with an apple and andouille compote which is then drizzled with a whiskey sauce in honor of the Irish.
The beers from LA 31 will be paired with dishes and incorporated into new drinks.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
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.