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Cross Gates Family Fitness. , @CrossGatesClub

Cross Gates Racquet Club was opened in 1981 as primarily a neighborhood racquet and swim club. When the Welch's took ownership in 1994, under their direction the name was changed to Cross Gates Athletic Club to reflect an identity of a multi-purpose family health and fitness facility. After a devastating fire in 1996, Cross Gates Athletic Club was built into what you see today - an incredible place of fitness and fun for all ages.

When we opened Cross Gates 25 years ago, we had a goal to create the greatest athletic Club in the region. It is a place to stay healthy and have fun. It is for the children, the seniors and everyone in between. That’s why we changed our tag line from Athletic Club to Family Fitness. We’re more than just an athletic club—we’re a place for everybody. Growing better every year; Cross Gates Family Fitness.

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Rotolo's Pizza , @rotolos

In 1996, Mitch Rotolo opened the first Rotolo’s Pizzeria in Baton Rouge, Louisiana just a pizza throw away from Louisiana State University. Through the will and loyalty of Rotolo’s customers, the casual Italian restaurant has since grown into a successful franchise with locations across the south and many more in the works! Rotolo’s is proud to continue to live up to its long-standing reputation for providing fresh ingredients and friendly service, because that’s just the way we Rotolo!

What’s Our Secret?

Only the freshest ingredients! Rotolo’s Pizzeria uses only the freshest ingredients! We make our original dough fresh daily at each location. Combine that with our homemade sauces and freshly prepared vegetables, and you have a recipe for a delicious meal!

To Our Customers:

All of us at Rotolo’s want to thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We strive to provide you with great quality food and service at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly environment. If there is anything we can do to make your visit more satisfying, please let us know by emailing: feedback@rotolos.com

Broussard's

Broussard’s first opened its doors in 1920, when an eminent local chef, Joseph Broussard, married Rosalie Borrello. The couple moved into the Borrello family mansion on Conti Street (built in 1834) where the restaurant now stands. Until they both passed in 1966, the Broussards occupied the apartment above the restaurant. The couple worked tirelessly to create and improve the five-star, family-run restaurant that still lives on. At his restaurant, Broussard combined the excitement of native Creole cuisine with characteristic French dishes inspired by his formal Parisian culinary training. The result was a vibrant menu set to the most exacting standards. Read More on their website! 

When in New Orleans visit Broussards at: 

819 Rue Conti        

New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone. 504.581.3866

Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm

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Felix's Oyster House, @FelixsNOLA

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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Antonio Sabato, Jr. , @antoniosabatojr

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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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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Neal McCoy, @nealmccoy

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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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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Sara Hebert, @Saratoga

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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Charisse Gibson, @Okaycharisse

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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