Chef Jeff Henderson

Chef Jeff Henderson

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at schools, organizations, and Fortune 500 companies across the country.

The American Tasting Institute has named him Las Vegas Chef of the Year.

HarperCollins published his life story in the New York Times best selling book “Cooked”. His success as an author landed him on Oprah. Shortly after that TV appearance, Sony Pictures bought the rights to his book and his life story, which is currently being developed into a major motion picture.

Jeff has taken advantage of his exposure to inspire disadvantaged young adults and at-risk youth. In addition to his high profile speaking engagements, he makes regular appearances at prisons and inner-city youth programs all around the United States.

Today Jeff shares his knowledge and excitement for food through his speaking career, his cooking shows and his popular cookbooks. His story has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Steve Harvey Show, USA Today, People Magazine, New York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post.

Jeff currently resides in Las Vegas where he spends as much quality time as possible with his wife Stacy and their five children. 

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Rhino Coffee

Rhino Coffee

Rhino Coffee was established after seeing a need for an independent locally owned coffee house in Shreveport. Rhino Coffee prides itself on a custom made cup, a traditional coffee menu, healthy homemade food, and a warm, comfortable atmosphere.

Many customers ask, “Why the rhino?” While the owner was backpacking through Nepal, he came across many rhinos. The magnificent rhino is often valued for its horn, some cultures believing powdered rhino horn will cure anything from fever to food poisoning. Interestingly enough, coffee growing and drinking began in the Horn of Africa. I guess you could say the rhino and its horn further inspired the dream of opening a coffee house in Shreveport. It is our intent that a cup of coffee from Rhino will help your day go better! In Ethiopia early coffee houses offered a place in which business and social life could be conducted in comfortable surroundings, chess was played, gossip exchanged, and music enjoyed. We hope to offer you a place where you can work, relax, and connect with your friends, from the Horn of Africa to the horn of the Rhino in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The People of Rhino Coffee

Pat Bolling grew up in a small town an hour east of here, Homer, Louisiana, a small (originally an oil field) town. Homer and the surrounding communities are filled with hardworking people who live for the fresh vegetables of spring and summer. His food is unpretentious food that fills the bellies and the souls of southern folks.

Pat grew up in the kitchens of his mother (who worked everyday but still cooked a full meal each evening) and two grandmothers, my dad’s mother "Mammaw" and my mother’s "Mom" who is still cooking today. While my grandmothers’ cooking were somewhat different technically, they were very much the same. Honest, from scratch food! They never looked at what they did in the kitchen as anything special but looking back, I see classic cooking technique in almost every step they took. What a classroom!

 Pat will not refer to himself as a “Chef.” He prefers “Cook” and hopes to replicate, if only in essence, the same honest “from scratch” cooking that he saw in their kitchens, but with a modern twist or two. "My recipes are an amalgamation of similar recipes and of memories from those kitchens of my childhood. Most of their everyday cooking was done from memory, no recipes. Mammaw’s only measuring cup was for detergent beside the washer, yet she would produce the most beautiful loaves of bread and rolls each Saturday for lunch with all of her family, a  spread most would reserve for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Mom prepared full meals every weekday for all of her family, 6 or 8 of us complete with dessert."

 Pat joined the Rhino Coffee team half way through the first year and her fills the air with the pleasant aroma of all his tasty dishes!

Laura Crawford is affectionately known as Rhino Mom, the mother of Andrew Crawford, owner of Rhino Coffee. From the time Andrew was small he was always “serving” people, either at a lemonade stand, at First Methodist Church, or at Young Life.  Now he loves serving people the home-cooked food, baked goods, and the best coffee in the area! He also serves them through his web-site building at Crawford Design!   What was the Premier Dress Shop of the South, “Sue Peytons” Bridal and dress shop, has been transformed into the premier Coffee House!  Laura has four boys who are all very different. Edward and Robert work in investments in Miami and Shreveport, respectively, and John-Henry is a world-class cellist who is making his solo debut on the International concert series at the Louvre in Paris in November.  She is happy to have two precious daughters-in-law, Mary and Shani, and 2 ½ grandchildren!  In addition to the boys, her household sported for many years: a dog, parakeets, geckos, albino corn snakes, a pacman frog, monitor lizards, veiled chameleons, skinks, and several baby alligators who occasionally escaped form their habitats, making unexpected and unappreciated visits around the house! She thinks she earned the award of Most Patient Mom for all this grief! 

Laura is on the faculty at Centenary College and is Director of the Centenary Suzuki School where there are eight teachers and 150 children ages 3-18. She plays violin professionally in the Baroque Artists of Shreveport and the Shreveport Symphony.  She has loved cooking for her husband, a houseload of boys,  and their friends! Her buttermilk biscuit recipe came from her eight grade home economics class in Memphis, TN! 

Whittney Turner grew up in Monroe before moving to Shreveport. She learned how to cook from her mama and grandmamma.  Whittney always has a smiling face at Rhino and is anxious to please her customers. When she is not ordering supplies, managing baristas, serving food or coffee, you can sometimes spy her dancing in the kitchen while she is cooking! J Whittney loves where she works!

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Bourbon House

Bourbon House

Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House is all about local seafood. If it’s not in season, you won’t find it on the menu. Enjoy authentic New Orleans dishes at New Orleans' premier oyster bar and seafood restaurant. Bourbon House boasts a lively atmosphere with huge picture windows overlooking Bourbon Street. The dining rooms of this famous French Quarter restaurant are indicative of New Orleans’ European heritage, with handcrafted wrought iron and custom millwork.

Dickie Brennan and his culinary team have created an incredible menu of classic New Orleans Creole dishes complemented by new favorites. Dine at New Orleans' favorite oyster bar and enjoy local Louisiana oysters on the half shell either straight up, or topped with champagne mignonette and Cajun caviar. The Plateaux de Fruits de Mer is a great way to start a meal, featuring an impressive selection of shucked oysters, Gulf shrimp, assorted seasonal seafood salads and marinated crab fingers. Signature favorites include Redfish on the Half Shell (grilled skin on) and New Orleans style Barbeque Shrimp.

And Bourbon House is also more than just a name—the restaurant offers New Orleans' most extensive and impressive selection of small batch and single barrel bourbons, a delicious Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch, and the one and only New Orleans Bourbon Society.

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Chef Darin Nesbit

Chef Darin Nesbit

A formally trained chef with years of experience in New Orleans’ best restaurants, Chef Darin Nesbit oversees the kitchen at Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House.

His first professional experience came at Commander’s Palace under the tutelage of then Executive Chef Jamie Shannon. During his tenure, he was a key member of the culinary team that led Commander’s Palace to be named Outstanding Restaurant in America by the James Beard Foundation.

In 1997, Chef Darin joined Dickie Brennan at Palace Café. His focus on food presentation, his keen understanding of culinary technique, and his zeal for flavorful Creole cooking have made Chef Darin Nesbit an instrumental asset.  Chef Darin has been a fixture in the kitchen of all of Dickie Brennan’s restaurants ever since. 

Darin has been a featured chef at the revered James Beard House, the world renowned Cal-A-Vie Spa in Vista, CA, The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL, and has appeared on the Today Show.  He frequently conducts culinary demonstrations, and in the fall of 2010 became an instructor at the John Folse Culinary Institute.  

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Kylie Mazon

Kylie Mazon

Kylie is a twenty-something girl who loves food & taking pictures of it. Cooking is her relaxation and the time she’s happiest, other than when eating. She lives life by the mantra, "act like a lady, eat like a beast!"

Follow her food instagram @cookingwithcocktailrings

Pomi Tomatoes

Pomi Tomatoes

Pomì, the authentic Italian passata (strained tomatoes) was created in Parma, Italy in 1935…

In 1982, Pomì, the tomato revolution, was introduced successfully in the United States.

Since its introduction, Pomì quality and convenience has been appreciated by millions of consumers.

Pomì has become a staple and a trusted brand for all those who seek premium quality, Italian tomatoes conveniently sealed in a BPA-free, stay-fresh package, ready to use anytime they want to add the fresh taste of garden-ripe, Italian tomatoes to all their favorite recipes.

Check out the official Pomi website to find out more at www.pomi.com

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The Little Red Cupcake

The Little Red Cupcake

The Little Red Cupcake store in Montgomery Alabama might have the world's BEST cupcakes! Nita and Fred Johnson are the founders or Little Red Cupcake and they recently appeared on an episode of Flip My Food to share the secrets of Nita’s famous cupcakes! Here is the inspirational story of how the Johnson family turned a fun hobby into a delicious business.

Little Red Cupcake, named in honor of their famous Red Velvet Cake, was actually birthed through the encouragement of family members. The Johnson family is a lot like “The Walton’s”. They have lots of family get-togethers and always had to bring the red velvet cake.  It seemed like at every function, someone would tell Nita to start selling her cake but she never thought of baking as a source of income. 

Before they knew it, people started asking for decorated cakes as well as the cupcakes, so the Johnson's decided to take a few cake decorating classes. Now, when people ask “can u make…..” the answer quickly went from I don’t know to YES! They began making hundreds of cakes and cupcakes in the small oven in their home kitchen. This soon became overwhelming for the family so they decided to turn their empty duplex into their own cupcake store. It took a while to move from their kitchen into the store-front with many ups and downs along the way but with a lot of determination they completed the projects and had the grand opening of Little Red Cupcake on September 9th. Nita said, “We never gave up hope on Little Red Cupcake because we knew God was with us. He placed wonderful people in our paths to help us get to this point and beyond. This may be our journey but we are not alone. We are very enthusiastic about our new business but realize this is just the beginning. There is still plenty to learn and you can go a far as your imagination will take you. We look forward to each new challenge.”

So if you are ever in Montgomery Alabama go to the Little Red Cupcake store to try Nita’s famous Red Velvet Cupcake. They are located at the address below and open Wednesday thru Friday from 10:30am – 5:30pm and hoping to begin shipping their cupcakes throughout the US starting in November.  

 

638 Hall Street

Montgomery, Al 36104

334-202-1397

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Morrison

Morrison

Morrison has over 30 showrooms where builders, designers and homeowners can personally select from a vast array of plumbing fixtures,appliances, decorative hardware, accessories and lighting. Morrison offers not only the largest selection of products from quality manufacturers, but also offers the best expertise and customer service in the industry. Our Commitment to Customer Service: All of our people are invested in your satisfaction. Our goal is to exceed customer expectations with unyielding integrity. Our Values/Relationships: Since 1917 we built our business on helping our customers grow their business. We continue the same principles today as we expand our product offering to better meet the needs of our customers.

Our Shreveport Facility: We have redefined the showroom experience in Shreveport. Our destination showroom has the largest selection of quality products mixed with an experience that no one can touch. Our Mission is to be the supplier of choice to our customers, the employer of choice to our associates and the partner of choice to our vendors.
 

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Jessie Merlin and Scott Doty

Jessie Merlin and Scott Doty

Jessie and Scott are two lifetime northerners who moved to Birmingham, Alabama 3 years ago so that Jessie could pursue her dream job.  Jessie grew up eating out every night, and has always been drawn to eating at new restaurants as a way to experience local culture.  Scott is an industrial designer with a passion for designing kitchen gadgets. Their mutual of love of thrifting means they have an insane amount of cool vintage kitchenware.  When they moved to Birmingham, they decided to explore their new city through food.  Their favorite thing to do is to find hidden gems – places you wouldn’t expect to find in the Deep South, like an out-of-this-world Kenyan restaurant or a sushi bar run by a Morimoto-trained sushi chef.  They write restaurant reviews but also interview restaurant owners to tell the back-story behind the food.  They hope that their blog allows Birmingham newbies and Birmingham natives alike to share in their excitement about the diverse and often surprising Birmingham food scene.

To view Jessie's Food Blog Click Here 

To view Scott's Design Portfolio Click Here 

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Houmas House

Houmas House

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens has reclaimed its position as Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road.

Through the vision and determination of Kevin Kelly, who fulfilled a lifelong dream by acquiring the property in the Spring of 2003, the mansion today reflects the best parts of each period in its rich history alongside the big bend in the Mississippi River.

The first owners of the plantation were the indigenous Houmas Indians, who were given a land grant to occupy the fertile plain between the Mississippi and Lake Maurepas to the north.

The Houmas sold the land to Maurice Conway and Alexander Latil in the mid 1700's

The original French Provincial house that Latil erected on the property in is situated directly behind the Mansion, adjoined by a carriageway to the grand home described during its antebellum heyday as "The Sugar Palace." The original home was later used as living quarters for the staff that served the great house.

By the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the plantation was established and producing sugar.

In 1810, Revolutionary War hero Gen. Wade Hampton of Virginia purchased the property and shortly thereafter began construction on the Mansion. However, it was not until 1825 when Hampton's daughter, Caroline, and her husband, Col. John Preston, took over the property that the grand house truly began to take shape.

Construction on the Mansion was completed in 1828. At the same time, Houmas House began to build its sugar production and continued to increase its land holdings, which ultimately grew to 300,000 acres.

Irishman John Burnside bought the plantation in 1857 for $1 million. A businessman and a character, Burnside increased production of sugar until Houmas House was the largest producer in the country, actively working the crop on 98,000 acres. During the Civil War, Burnside saved the Mansion from destruction at the hands of advancing Union forces by declaring immunity as a subject of the British Crown. In addition to building a railway to carry his products to market —"The Sugar Cane Train (1862)" — Burnside, a bachelor, is also said to have offered payment to any parents in the parish who would name their sons "John."

An avid sportsman who wagered heavily in horse races, Burnside once secretly purchased a champion thoroughbred back East with the intent of defeating the steeds of fellow local businessmen in a big race. He quietly slipped the racehorse into the billiard room of the Mansion where it was "stabled" until Burnside's surprise was unveiled at the starting line and hailed in the winner's circle.

Houmas House flourished under Burnside's ownership, but it was under a successor, Col. William Porcher Miles that the plantation grew to its apex in the late 1800's when it was producing a monumental 20 million pounds of sugar each year.

In 1927, the Mississippi came out of its banks in the epic "great flood." While Houmas House was spared, the surrounding areas were inundated. The ensuing economic havoc was but a prelude to the devastation of the Great Depression just two years later.

Houmas House Plantation withered away. The Mansion closed and fell into disrepair, a condition in which it remained until 1940 when Dr. George B. Crozat purchased it.

Crozat bought Houmas House to be a summer home away from his native New Orleans. He renovated the property with the intent to give it a more "Federal" look than the stately Greek Revival style in which it was conceived. The structure was painted white inside and out. Crown moldings and ceiling medallions were removed and both interior and exterior forms and finishes were simplified.

Eventually, the Crozat heirs opened the property to tourists. In 1963, the defining Bette Davis film "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" was shot in the property. The room in which Ms. Davis stayed while filming is preserved as part of today's Houmas House tour.

In addition to the Mansion and Gardens, history is also reflected in the many antique furnishings and works of art that grace the Houmas House tour. Distinguished by its two Garconierre, the Mansion exudes the warmth of a home (it's the owner's active residence), while proudly portraying its role as a landmark in American history.

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Gourmet Girls

Gourmet Girls

Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery Bistro Tucson's only all gluten free bakery/bistro serving hand crafted gluten free baked goods plus seasonally inspired breakfast, lunch and weekend dinner menu. Real, fresh food.

Gourmet Girls is located at 5845 N Oracle Road, Tucson AZ. Call them at (520) 408-9000

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Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world.

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most recently has included guest-starring roles on ABC's, Castle, ABC Family’s Baby Daddy, as well as on Bones and Hot In Cleveland. He will soon be seen in Investigation Discovery’s Heartbreakers, FX's The League and this fall, tune it to see him host his own nationally syndicated series Fix It & Finish It. Fix It & Finish It will take viewers around the country to find homes, cabins, RV’s and even tree houses that need a makeover both inside and out.  Antonio and his team of contractors and designers will go in and do their magic all in one day with renovation results that astound and that also change lives.

Other credits include TNT's, Rizzoli & Isles, CBS’s, CSI: New York and NCIS, ABC’s comedy Scrubs and Ugly Betty. He also played Heather Locklear’s abusive ex-husband in a six-episode arc on Melrose Place and appeared on Charmed, Ally McBeal and The Help. He had his own reality series, My Antonio, for VH1. He won NBC's Celebrity Circus where he performed nearly impossible “Cirque du Soleil-esque” acts then followed that up with a win on Fox's diving special, Stars In Danger in 2014. 

Antonio was seen in in Little Women, Big Cars II, director Penelope Spheeris’ comedy Balls to the Wall and he had a cameo role in the Farrelly brothers hit film, The Three Stooges.  Antonio played the lead role as serial killer Henry Lee Lucas in the indie feature Drifter: The Henry Lee Lucas Story, for which he won Best Actor at The 2009 Beverly Hills Film Festival and he starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips in The Big Hit.

His big break came when he was cast in the infamous Janet Jackson video “Love Will Never Do Without You,” shot by Herb Ritts. Everything started, however, when Antonio joined the cast of ABC’s General Hospital in the spring of 1992.  The show jumped from seventh to third in the daytime Nielsen ratings. That same year, Antonio landed a coveted spot in People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” issue.  Antonio reprised his famed General Hospital character, Jagger Cates on SoapNet’s Night Shift  and also starred on the popular CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful playing a role created specifically for him.

Growing up in Rome, Antonio’s first language is Italian and he didn’t learn to speak English until he moved to Beverly Hills in 1984 with his mom and sister.  He is a fitness and auto-racing enthusiast, and an accomplished author (No Excuses: Workout for Life). He is an avid tweeter with over 500,000 followers.  Antonio currently resides in Los Angeles where he enjoys spending time with his wife, Cheryl and children, Jack, Mina, and toddler son Antonio Kamakana.

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Paula Deen

Paula Deen

As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering "lunch-and-love-in-a-bag," beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

Overcoming poverty, self doubt and health challenges to achieve success and acclaim she could never have imagined, Paula has become one of the best-known personalities in the world of cooking. Yet the most remarkable part of Paula Deen's journey from her kitchen to fame and fortune is that Paula has remained every bit as genuine, real and full of love as she was the day that the first meals left her kitchen.

Deen's first business, The Bag Lady, brought out Paula's strengths and stabilized her family. She moved her catering company to a small restaurant at a Best Western motel in Savannah and finally opened her first restaurant, The Lady and Sons, with Bobby and Jamie five years later. The restaurant was a hit and the popularity of Paula and her cooking led to her first cookbook, 1998's The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. This gave her fans the opportunity to try Paula's recipes at home and led to her first television appearance on QVC. Paula's genuine warmth and folksy personality made her a natural for television. In 1999, USA Today food critic Jerry Shriver named The Lady and Sons "International Meal of the Year."

Paula's rise to stardom was underway, but when she premiered Paula's Home Cooking on the Food Network in 2002, she was on the verge of superstardom. The network added Paula's Party in 2006, and Bobby and Jamie began making appearances with Paula on the programs. The family that began delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag in 1989 had become one of the most recognized and beloved families in the country, and Paula is now a two-time Emmy Award winner.

In addition to her success on television, Deen is the author of 14 cookbooks that have sold more than 8,000,000 copies and her bimonthly magazine Cooking With Paula Deen has total readership of over 3,000,000 people today. When Paula tours the country making personal appearances to talk about life, family and cooking, thousands of people come to participate. On New Year's Day 2011, Paula was the Grand Marshall of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Paula's business interests have grown considerably. In 2011, Paula launched Paula Deen Foods, which includes sauces, spices, baking kits and more. In 2014, Paula launched the Paula Deen Network, an interactive online cooking network that combines cooking, lifestyle and game shows with great recipes, meal-planning tools and more.

Ever grateful for all she has been blessed with, Paula and her family continue to give back to the community. Paula is a member of the board of the Bethesda Home for Boys, works tirelessly for America's Second Harvest and in 2012, launched The Bag Lady Foundation, supporting issues of hunger which affect women and families across the country.

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Sisters Real Southern

Sisters Real Southern

Real Southern Cooking, just like you had at your Grandmother's house every Sunday!

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Felix's Oyster House

Felix's Oyster House

One of the joys of life in New Orleans is an abundance of fresh local seafood and produce.  While food has always been at the heart of New Orleans' culture, hurricane Katrina left the city with a renewed sense of life.  Local farms and fisheries have grown while developing a plan for sustainability and quality to ensure that Louisiana and the Gulf Coast continue to help New Orleans thrive.

Located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar has served the city and it's visitors fresh, local seafood for over 70 years.  Through its longstanding relationships with local fisheries and distributors Felix's sources the freshest, highest quality shrimp, oysters and fish.

Felix's is about more than a name.  Felix's is a tradition of gathering with friends, family, and strangers around the charcoal grill and enjoying a local beer while our team shucks away.

This is New Orleans, good people, good food, good times.  Welcome home.

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The Peabody Hotel

The Peabody Hotel

The Peabody Memphis

In the heart of "Blues City," you'll find The Peabody Memphis, a magnificent Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond historic Downtown Memphis hotel.

Our convenient downtown location is just blocks from Memphis attractions like Beale Street, the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, Orpheum Theatre, and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The Peabody itself is also one of Memphis' most popular attractions. The Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in a time-honored tradition dating back to 1933.

Legendary, charming, elegant and grand are adjectives that perfectly describe this luxury Downtown Memphis hotel. Whether visiting for business or leisure, our Southern hospitality is sure to exceed your expectations.

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Sweet Teas

Sweet Teas

Welcome to Sweet Teas, where every guest is addressed with a “Down home Southern” greeting. Established in the heart of Shockoe Bottom, Sweet Teas is family owned and operated . We take pride in serving quality made-from-scratch soul food that is cooked with lots of love. If you are in search of delicious comfort food and great service Sweet Teas is the place, Come and enjoy Chef Gary’s satisfying and tasty southern cuisine.

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Chef Dudley

Chef Dudley

I am a native of Louisiana and grew up cooking.  The majority of my recipes are either my own or from my friends back in Louisiana.  I opened the café in June of 1992 in Longview, TX.  The Longview  Daily News conducts a once a year opinion poll by subscribers to the newspaper and readers on what is the best in East Texas.  I am proud to say a big thank you to all who voted us the best Cajun Food in East Texas for 22 years in a row.  We have also been mentioned in Texas Monthly Magazine 3 times. 

 

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Crystal Hot Sauce

Crystal Hot Sauce

Great flavors were born on Tchoupitoulas Street back in 1923. The story of Louisiana’s favorite hot sauce begins in the early 1920s, when Alvin Baumer borrowed some cash from his future father-in-law to purchase “Mill’s Fruit Products,” a small sno-ball syrup company in New Orleans (sno-balls are a summer treat made with shaved ice). Included in the sale was a recipe for a hot sauce made with cayenne peppers, called Crystal Pure Louisiana Hot Sauce. The name still holds true today!

Today, Baumer Foods, Inc. is still family-owned and run by Alvin Jr., and has become not only a Louisiana institution, but one of the fastest growing condiment manufacturers in the country. More than 4.5 million gallons of Crystal Hot Sauce are shipped to destinations in the U.S. and across the globe. And while Crystal Hot Sauce is still the heart of Baumer Foods, Inc., the company has also branched out into a successful, taste-driven product line, including Crystal Buffalo Wing, Worcestershire, Steak, Asian sauces and Figaro Liquid Smoke.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 11,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.

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Sylvia Avey

Sylvia Avey

Sylvia currently works in Raycom Programming and also writes on her own blog about food, drink and life’s tricky lessons. To view her blog Sly's Mise En Place Click Here

Percy Anderson

Percy Anderson

Percy Anderson was born in New Orleans in 1976 and is the leader of Kinfolk Brass Band. He first started playing music in marching bands in Jr high school, under the direction of the late Donald Richardson. In 9th grade he was introduced to Jazz by assistant band director who was also a member of De'jean Olympia Brass Band. Percy has been a Jazz Musician since 1993. Percy played with many bands in New Orleans before forming the Kinfold Brass Band after the major disaster that followed huricanne Katrina. To learn more about the band Click Here 

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Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson co-directs Kinfolk Brass Band and like his brother, Percy, first started playing music in his Jr. high school band under the direction of the late Donald Richardson. In the 8th grade he was introduced to Jazz by an Asst. band director who was also a member of De'jean Olympia Brass Band. Richard attended Southern University & AM in Baton Rouge where he studied under Mr. Alvin Batiste and recieved hsi Bachelor Degree in Music. To learn more about Richard Anderson and the Kinfolk Brass Band Click Here

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Porter and Luke's

Porter and Luke's

Porter and Luke's was established January of 2013 after being completely remodeled from the previous Zeke's. We have a main dinning room that seats up to 96 people, as well as the Duke Room which holds up to 34 people. The Zeke Room is reserved for private parties, we can comfortably seat 50 people and YOU get to decide how you want the room setup. The Zeke  Room is great for anything from a business meeting to a party (they offer an open bar if requested). If you would rather just stop in for a drink, we have a state of  the art 30 foot granite bar with a great drink selection and plenty of seating. Our food is freshly made and all seafood is brought in daily. Chef Vincent's Lunch and Dinner Specials change daily and feature some of our greatest cuisine creations. Our most popular  dessert dishes are bread pudding and the many different types of cheesecake we serve, all of them homemade. Whether you are craving great Louisiana seafood, Italian pastas, or if you just have a sweet tooth, Porter and Luke's is here to serve you!

Charisse Gibson

Charisse Gibson

Charisse Gibson has worked in newsrooms across South Louisiana and South Mississippi. She was named Morning News Anchor of KSLA News 12 This Morning March, 2013. Since joining the #1 Morning Show in the ArkLaTex she started the Family First franchise, featuring stories about the issues families face daily. She made it a priority to serve her community by mentoring children at the Renzi Education and Art Center and speaking at several events that directly affect young, impoverished teens. Gibson is also on the advisory board for Renzi Education and Art Center and Susan G. Komen of NWLA. She is a proud recipient of the 2014 African American "Make A Difference" Achievement Award. Charisse is a public speaker, host and member of the National Association of Black Journalist. She considers herself a "Flea Market Junkie," always finding old treasures and turning them into something of value. You can catch Charisse weekdays in the ArkLaTex on KSLA News 12 This Morning.

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Sara Hebert

Sara Hebert

By day, Sara is the marketing director for Academy Award and Emmy winning Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, La. I have been cooking since I was a teenager and learned by sitting on a stool next to the amazing women in my family who were all great cooks. My husband Chris and I love southern culture and food and have a podcast/blog called All Y'all: allyallblog.com

Try Sara's grandmother Ma Jane's famous Rice Dressing     

Ingredients

1/2 pound ground beef1/2 pound ground pork

1 1/2 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined)1/2  large onion and  bell pepper (chopped)

1 1/2  celery stalks (chopped)1/2 cup each green onions and parsley

1 tsp garlic powder1/2 tbsp roux

1/2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet (to darken if needed)2 cups Cooked rice (can use up to 6 cups)

2 ounces Season All Seasonings1 tbsp cooking oil

1/2 cup water

 

Directions

The prep time includes peeling the shrimp. In a large roaster or heavy duty pot, add oil and brown the beef and pork. Drain any excess oil and meat fat. Add the Cajun Trinity (onion, bell pepper, and celery), garlic powder, roux and Kitchen Bouquet. Blend the mixture together and 1 cup cold water.

Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. (Note if water goes down, add more water to keep the mixture in a watery gravy-like stew consistency.) Add the shrimp, parsley, and green onions. Cook for three minutes, take off heat and cover pot. Let the heat of the mixture finish cooking the shrimp.

Add the cooked rice to the mixture keeping the rice moist. All done.

 

 

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Frank's Pizza Napoletana

Frank's Pizza Napoletana

FRANK’S specializes in the area’s only true Pizza Napoletana. Our pizzas are prepared the same way Neapolitan pizzas have been made for well over 200 years. Everything from the Caputo flour and the San Marzano tomatoes that we use, the strict techniques that we follow, our Stefano Ferrara oven and the Mecnosud dough mixer and the way use them…all follow strict Neapolitan tradition. FRANK’S also offers daily pasta specials, creative, made-from-scratch appetizers, soups, toasted Panini, salads and desserts. FRANK’s bar offers an extensive selection of wines that will fit any taste and budget, craft beers both on tap and in bottles as well as scratch-made cocktails. Our food and spirits are served in an upscale, relaxed setting that merges the feel of a traditional old world Neapolitan pizzeria with beautiful modern-contemporary architecture.

FRANK’S goal is to be a truly great, neighborhood restaurant that delivers one of a kind quality and is the best at everything we do. We want to keep it simple; buy the best ingredients, hire the best people, make the best dough, make the best pizzas, make the best drinks, provide the best service in a fun, lively and inviting atmosphere.  We work hard everyday to get it right because we care. We strive daily to provide genuine hospitality and great unique products and want our customers to want to come here and come back again and again.

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The Kinfolk Brass Band

The Kinfolk Brass Band

The Kinfolk Jazz & Brass Band started in 2005, and is currently directed and managed by brothers Percy and Richard Anderson. Playing music has taken the Anderson brothers around the world, touring Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and France.

The Kinfolk Brass Band is at the forefront of the New Orleans Brass Band renaissance. They fuse numerous styles of music, incorporating Mardi Gras chants, New Orleans Funk, and modern jazz ,with an old world traditional brass band sound.

The band has performed at festivals, weddings, jazz funerals, and corporate events. Playing venues ranging from local clubs and grand ballrooms to second-line parades in the streets, the Kinfolk Brass Band has been enjoyed by millions of people all around the world. In 2009, Kinfolk Brass Band released their debut album, entitled Bourbon Street Parade. Over the past year, Kinfolk has performed in over 100 weddings and conventions, making them the most requested brass band in the City of New Orleans. Most recently, the band has performed at prestigious events such the the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Kinfolk Brass Band embodies the unique sound of the City of New Orleans. Whether performing on a large stage, at a street parade, or in an intimate setting, the Kinfolk Brass Band provides the highest quality of entertainment with their animated style and energy. They are sure to be the highlight of any event.

Percy Anderson was born in New Orleans in 1976 and is the leader of Kinfolk Brass Band. He first started playing music in marching bands in Jr high school, under the direction of the late Donald Richardson. In 9th grade he was introduced to Jazz by an Asst. band director who was also a member of De’jean Olympia Brass Band. Percy has been a Jazz musician since 1993. Percy played with many bands in New Orleans before forming the Kinfolk Brass Band after the major disaster that followed hurricane Katrina.

Richard Anderson co-directs Kinfolk Brass Band and like his brother, Percy, first started playing music in his Jr. high school band under the direction of the late Donald Richardson. In 8th grade he was introduced to Jazz by an Asst. band director who was also a member of De’jean Olympia Brass Band. Richard later attend Southern University & AM in Baton Rouge where he studied under Mr. Alvin Batiste (Jazz Program) and received his Bachelor Degree in Music. Richard  gained a lot of experience playing with various bands until becoming a founding member of Kinfolk.

Noel Freeman was born in New Orleans in 1988 and has been playing the trumpet since he was 11 years old. He started playing Brass Band music in 2004 with the Truth Brass Band. The following year he joined the Kinfolk Brass Band.

Byron Bernard Byron “Flee” Bernard’s professional music career began in 1988 under the Olympia Brass Band, performing with the Olympia Junior Band, out growing the name a couple of years later, which became the Young Olympians in 1992, We got the name Soul Rebels from Cyril Neville. As the group leader, He played the tenor, alto saxophone. In 1994, when New Orleans lead the nation in kiling, He arranged musically and vocally the popular song, “Let Your Mind Be Free”. After a 6 year stint with the band he became a member of the Rebirth Brass Band with whom he played until 2007. Since that time he have worked with numerous bands and groups, but the majority of his time is spent playing with the Kinfolk Brass Band.

Joe and Nancy Cavender

Joe and Nancy Cavender

Nancy and I really enjoyed doing the show with Chef Jeff and being around the whole Flip my 
Food team. Lots of fun! 
 

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Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy has released ten studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio.

In 1993,  Neal McCoy broke through with the back-to-back number 1 singles No Doubt About It and Wink from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It.

His commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top Ten hits.

Neal returned in early 2003 with The Luckiest Man in the World, following it with That’s Life in 2005.  A seventh Top Ten hit, the number 10 Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On, came in 2005 from his self-released That’s Life.

Music of Your Life, a big band jazz and country amalgam with Les Brown, Jr. recorded for a public television special, appeared in 2011, with a new studio album, XII, finally arriving in 2012.

Neal also supports his own charity organization: East Texas Angel Network, which is committed to the enhancement of the lives of children of East Texas who are living with terminal or life-threatening diseases.

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Freedom Festival

Freedom Festival

The City of Longview Texas hosted the annual 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration this year which included a concert and festival with activities for the whole family throughout the day at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex.

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Gerard Maras

Gerard Maras

Gerard Maras, though not a native of New Orleans or even Louisiana is a well known figure in the recent culinary history of this food-loving culture.Coming to New Orleans in 1983, via Commanders Palace and restaurant “matriarch” Ella Brennan, Gerard would find his new home. Prior to his arrival, he had been schooled in French Classical cooking in New York and Palm Beach Florida. New Orleans seemed a strange new land, with a culture unlike any he has seen. The food, he soon realized was reveled and held sacred to the proud people of this city and state… “They lived, they ate, they drank in a constant celebration…but most of all they ate”. Food is the nucleus and driving force of this land.

Gerard soon moved from Commanders Palace to Ella’s new Bistro in the French Quarter, put at the helm of a premiere new concept for the city, Mr. B’s Bistro. He quickly discovered the passion his clientele had for food and the bounty of beautiful fresh produce and seafood that was available to him. Along with the then ‘New Garde’ of chefs, Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, Susan Spicer, Frank Frank Brigtsen and Jamie Shannon, Gerard began networking with farmers and fishermen to bring these products into his restaurant, long before the farmers markets and “farm-to-table” surge had begun. It was this that shaped his food style and career. The freshest product, simply prepared.

For 15 years Gerard ran the brigade of cooks and chefs at Mr. B’s, teaching technique and inspiring them in his passion for fresh product. Many of these young cooks are now the owners and chefs of some of New Orleans finest eating establishments. Gerard opened Gerard’s Downtown, earning accolades both locally and nationally, rated one of the top 15 new American restaurants, by Travel and Leisure its first year and several other awards and favorable articles from media across the country.

In 1993 Gerard bought a farm in Franklinton Louisiana and started growing some of his own produce for his kitchen, fresh farm eggs for baking, micro greens for salads, baby brussel sprouts, peppers,and a variety of product that would enhance his menu. He still uses these products in his catering and private cooking classes because freshness is the key ingredient to truly wonderful food.

Today Gerard teaches private classes at the New Orleans Cooking Experience in New Orleans as well as bringing his expertise into the homes of “foodies” for private classes. His catering of weddingsparties and special events is unsurpassed. Private dinners with menus created by the chef and host are truly special. Whether you are hosting a dinner party, a wedding or just want to learn new recipes and techniques, bringing this esteemed chef into your kitchen adds that personal touch to a memorable evening.

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Dance-N-Drill

Dance-N-Drill

Dance-N-Drill began 31 years ago when founder, Lynn Ramey, started the first class as well as holding auditions for the first ever city-wide drill team, the "Tyler Golden Girls". While her beginnings may have been small, it is now one of the largest, most prestigious studios in Texas. Her desire is that you enjoy an atmosphere where students are educated, equipped, and encouraged in a fun, loving, and nurturing environment.

 "Loved working with such people of class, excellence, and sensitivity to accomplish a top notch show! We will be ready for the second one in the future!"

Lynn Ramey

Dance-N-Drill

4010 Donnybrook

Tyler, TX 75701

903-509-9090

hkramey@suddenlink.net

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Chef Michael Brady

Chef Michael Brady

Chef Michael Brady believes in “paying it forward.” And because he was trained by some of the best culinary experts in the country, the people of East Texas are in for a real treat.

“Most of my career has been spent in restaurants and vineyards, and I’m excited to bring that experience to FRESH. We offer our customers the best prepared foods to bring home and serve with pride to their own family – without the overhead costs of a fancy restaurant.”

What makes Chef Brady unique is that his “only the best” philosophy extends to every type of food, not just the exotic or expensive. “I believe that if you’re going to make a cheeseburger, you should figure out how to make the best cheeseburger possible. I’m not one to only stick to fancy foods like foie gras and caviar.”

One of Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine’s 2010 “Chefs to Watch”

Chef Brady was a soccer star in high school in Shreveport, Louisiana, before he decided to change direction, turning down athletic scholarships for culinary school in South Carolina. Upon graduation, he was pegged to work with Chef Frank Lee at Charleston’s SNOB (Slightly North of Broad). He also spent time under the tutelage of Chefs Bob Wagner and Michelle Weaver at the Charleston Grill. While there, he attended a wedding on a vineyard in Armissan, France, and fell in love – with the vineyard. “I spent the better part of a year there earning my keep by cooking meals for tourists and visiting business people.”

This exposure in the wine business inspired him to return to Shreveport and jump on board with Wine Country Bottle Shop to develop and open the Bistro portion of the operation with his brother. While at Wine Country Bistro, Chef Brady was named one of Louisiana Cookin’ magazine’s “Chefs To Watch in 2010” – an honor that goes to five of the best young chefs in a state that is known for cooking. This honor allowed Chef Brady to “pay it forward” by hosting a black-tie fundraiser for Café Reconcile, a New Orleans restaurant/culinary school that takes at-risk kids off the street and teaches them the restaurant trade. “That was one of the best and most fulfilling experiences of my life,” said Chef Brady. “Seeing how that restaurant is giving back to the community really motivated me.”

An avid swimmer and biker, Chef Brady is married to a beautiful Cajun girl with two sons, another on the way, and his daughter, a black Labrador named Stella. 

Testimonial from Chef Brady

It was a great time!  It was cool to let our FRESH guests see that we are involved in some fun trendy things as well as the people that were there to shop.  They came across our shoot and were able to get some good "tid bits" on how to make a great classic a little more heart healthy.  It was a great experience and I love every minute of it!  Chef Jeff was a fun outgoing guy that I enjoyed hanging out with and cooking some good food!

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Poppy Tooker

Poppy Tooker

Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table. Poppy brings all of these elements to the table in her weekly NPR affiliated radio show, “Louisiana Eats”.

Her first book, “The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook” received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine. Her latest book, “Louisiana Eats” was given the Literary Award of the Year by the Louisiana Library Association.

Poppy provides weekly restaurant commentary on the PBS show, “Steppin’ Out” seen on WYES TV and has appeared on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, the History Channel and CBS Sunday Morning.

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John Varanese

John Varanese

 

John Varanese obtained his BA in Food Service Management and AS in Culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University in South Carolina. During his enrollment there, Varanese was Kitchen Manager for Magnolias, a landmark in Southern cuisine, for three years. Varanese set himself apart from other chefs quickly after displaying his accomplished understanding of business finance. While working in Magnolias, he revealed his great ability to control costs while producing very high quality cuisine using only the freshest local ingredients.

In 1998 Chef Varanese took the position of Executive Chef at Azalea in Louisville, Kentucky. There, he developed his management style, personality and culinary flair. After 3 years at Azalea, Chef Varanese left and spent 4 years as the Executive Chef at the Cardinal Club during the planning stages for his own restaurant. He resigned to focus on opening Varanese in August 2007.

Varanese is known for his culinary creativity as well as his dedication to local farmers who provide the freshest local products as showcased in many of his signature dishes. He is star and co-producer of his own television show, “Big World of Food” which educates viewers on the importance of local farms’ to the food on their tables. More at www.bigworldoffood.com.

Chef Varanese has won numerous awards and has represented the State of Kentucky’s Dept of Aquaculture three years in a row at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans. He was also invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York in 2012. Recently Chef Varanese was honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the premier edition of Best Chefs America and named “Restaurateur of the Year” for 2013 by the Kentucky Restaurant Association.

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Lasyones

Lasyones

Mr. James Lasyone was a butcher at live oak grocery for 25 years. He first started working on his meat pie recipe in the 1950s. After grinding the meat for the ladies who made them in their homes for many years, James Lasyone started experimenting with a recipe of his own. In 1967, Mr. Lasyone rented out the bottom half of a building that once was the home to the Phoenix Lodge #38, built in 1859. While the masons still occupied the top portion of the building, James Lasyone started his Meat Pie Kitchen.                       

James got his first national break when the editor of ” House Beautiful” magazine dropped in for a couple of meat pies in the early 1970s. People from all over the world have stopped in to try Lasyone’s meat pies, from local towns folk to Charles Kuralt, Lorne Greene, Vanna White, Daryl Hannah, and a host of others. Lasyone’s Meat Pie has been recognized and raved about by a score of magazines including Southern Living, Cooking with Paula Deen, The New Yorker, Glamour Magazine, and Gourmet Magazine. Reviews have also included book articles such as Jane & Michael Stern’s Good Food, Jane & Michael Stern’s Road Food, and Calvin Trillin’s Third Helpings. Major newspapers such as The Houston Chronicle, Times Picayune New Orleans, The Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times have found their way to Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant. It has also been featured in many other national newspapers as well as international papers from France, Italy, and Spain. It has also made its way on the national airwaves, having been featured by On the Road with Charles Kuralt and Good Morning America with Bryant Gumble, as well as many other statewide and Texas news broadcasts.    

The meat pie, although famous and the most popular item on the menu, is not the only thing that makes this restaurant a proud favorite. The Crawfish Pie was introduced in 2008 and quickly became the new item to try. Adding to those already highly recommended fares is the restaurant’s Red Beans and Sausage, Dirty Rice, Southern Fried Catfish, Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce and don’t forget the Chicken and dumplings on Thursday and many other well known Louisiana Cajun and Creole cuisine that is in the soul of the Lasyone Family.

Chef Angela Lasyone and Tina Lasyone Smith run the kitchen and restaurant, just as it has been for over 40 years, so you know that all the food is prepared the old fashion way, home made with lot’s of Soul and Love!  Our down home atmosphere and old family recipes, will make you feel like you’ve come home, for that special meal.

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