Catahoula’s restaurant celebrated its grand reopening under new Chef Rachel Leckelt. Based on the fabulous food and wine served at the preview party, patrons are in for a real treat at the rustic yet elegant restaurant in historic Grand Coteau. Servers passed around a unique assortment of delicious appetizers, including mini seafood cheesecakes, crab cakes, fish tacos, duck and sausage pizzas, oysters on the half shell and prosciutto-wrapped strawberries. At the crepe station, Tony Holman flipped up light-as-a feather French pancakes folded over spicy crawfish and asparagus or mushroom and asparagus fillings. Outside on the starlit deck, guests enjoyed a savory sausage and crawfish gumbo. The talented Leckelt hails from a family of chefs from New Orleans and is the first woman in the family to become a chef. She earned her bachelor’s degree in food science from LSU, and received her culinary training at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Committed to working with local growers and culinary artisans, Leckelt also uses herbs from her own 5-acre heirloom farm to ensure the finest, freshest seasonable fare.
|Tony Holman||Sylvie and Philippe Simon, and Denise Marceaux||Lacey and Dr. Chip Lahaye|
|Catahoula’s ice sculpture||Jacques and Pascale Henri, and Robin May||Chef Rachel Leckelt and Jan Skinner|
|Anthony Dominque and Pete Stevens||Andy Boagni and Angie Menard|
Chef John Panaro whipped up a gourmet Mediterranean feast for the Intrigue Dinner Club event hosted by Lisa Hanchey. As music from Andrea Bocelli and Frank Sinatra played in the background, guests sipped Prosecco and wine from crystal glasses by candlelight and nibbled on Italian cheeses and Greek olives. Panaro, assisted by Dana Hart, served an incredible spread including oyster casserole, mixed green salad with toasted pecans, and arugula salad with seared tuna and dried cranberries served with orange vinaigrette. For dessert, the group enjoyed ice wine and chocolate-infused vino accompanied by three kinds of olive oil cake. Delicioso! The fabulously creative Panaro offers personal chef services through his business, Delicious and Nutritious.
|Brad Rick, Chef John Panaro and Dana Hart||Camille Baker and Ben Landry||Chef John Panaro|
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.