C’EST BON Our favorite foodie is about to become a living legend. Cajun and Creole cuisine expert Marcelle Bienvenu will be inducted this weekend by the Acadian Museum in Erath into the Order of Living Legends, recognized for her stellar contributions to a culture that prides itself on fine digestion. A longtime food columnist for The Times-Picayune and collaborator with famed chefs Emeril Lagasse and John Folse, the St. Martinville native authored and co-authored several highly acclaimed cookbooks and lent her considerable reputation to some of the region’s most celebrated restaurants — Commander’s Palace and K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen among them. Her 1991 cookbook, Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make a Roux?, remains a classic. The induction ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, located at 102 E. Edwards St. in Erath. Marcelle, you’re Welcome indeed! PAS BON We’re not sure if Maureen Greene likes dresses, but she definitely loves suits. The St. Martinville woman was recently fined by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans for filing frivolous lawsuits. Greene had appealed a Lafayette federal court judge’s decision to toss out her latest civil rights suit against SMILE Community Action Agency — the tip of a legal iceberg of lawsuits going back to a 1997 sexual harassment claim. Writes the 5th Circuit in a Jan. 6 ruling: "Over the last twelve years, Greene has brought a variety of civil rights claims against numerous employers — though none has survived to trial on the merits. Indeed, Greene has filed at least ten such suits in federal court and four in state court." Greene had already been warned by the federal appeals court to lay off the litigation. In fact, the last document filed in federal court in Lafayette — a denial of her motion to reinstate the SMILE lawsuit — bears an emphatic hand-written addendum by the judge: "DENIED! The clerk of this court is ORDERED not to accept further filings from plaintiff without the order of a United States District Judge." The 5th Circuit’s fine against Greene: a wrist-slapping $105. Greene could easily qualify as this week’s couillon, but ...
COUILLON Petty criminals can come up with some bang-up ideas to weasel out of their court date, or maybe just one bang-up idea. Corey Fuselier of Lafayette was arrested last week and now stands accused of calling in phony bomb threats to the Lafayette Parish Courthouse three months in a row — on days he was scheduled to show up in drug court. The 21-year-old is now being held on a $100,000 bond, charged with three counts of communicating false information of a planned arson.
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.