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Couple drives their passion for pizza... around Louisiana!

Advocate photo by TIM ARNOLD -- Joe Forte puts a pizza into their wood-burning mobile pizza oven as Shelly Forte talks with a customer at the Hammond Farmers Market.

Have dough, will travel. That could well be the motto of Joe and Shelly Forte, who have been steering their mobile wood-fired pizza oven all over South Louisiana for months now. The couple started Dat’z Italian, their traveling pizza business, about a 18 months ago. They work regular jobs during the week, test recipes at… Continue reading →

Thursday farmers market resumes at Pennington

The Thursday edition of the Red Stick Farmers Market has resumed for fall behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Farmers will have a selection of late summer produce, including blueberries, sweet peppers, mustard greens, cucumbers, okra and more. Food artisans will also offer homemade jams, pickles, stone ground grits, artisan breads… Continue reading →

White Hot Party planned at Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivan’s Steakhouse Baton Rouge is hosting its annual White Hot Party from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite summer white attire. There will be giveaways, summer entertainment and eats, including $7 signature cocktails, select wines and bar menu items. Highlights from the bar menu include… Continue reading →

Alexander’s to host pop-up farmers market

Local farmers and food vendors will showcase fresh produce, local food products and tastes of the tailgating season Sunday at Alexander’s Highland Market’s pop-up market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Liuzza Farms will be selling eggplant, yellow squash, cucumbers and zucchini, along with 24 other vendors sampling dishes, drinks and desserts for tailgating. Outdoor grilling and face painting… Continue reading →

Cookbook teaches single guys to get dinner (and maybe dates)

This image provided by Page Street Publishing, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, shows the cover for the book "The Single Guy Cookbook," by Avi Shemtov. Shemtovs just-released book is a refreshing look at cooking for one.  (Ken Goodman/Page Street Publishing via AP)

Single and looking? If you’re a guy who’s willing to do some cooking, Avi Shemtov has you covered. Admittedly, Shemtov’s initial attempt to feed dudes on the prowl read a bit too much like the strange love child of Rachael Ray and a Craigslist Casual Encounters ad. Which is to say, “30-Minute Meals That Will Get… Continue reading →

Louisiana Seafood Festival has one rule: make it local and make it delicious

Photo provided by Jason Seither - Gulf seafood gets a colorful dose of Asian flavor for the kung fun tuna from Seither's Seafood, which will serve the dish at the Louisiana Seafood Festival.

Vendors taking part in this weekend’s Louisiana Seafood Festival have to follow one golden rule: any seafood in the dishes served from their booths around the City Park Festival Grounds must be Gulf seafood exclusively. For local chefs, however, that hardly constitutes a limitation, as the variety of dishes on tap for the… Continue reading →

Sweet view: dessert gets the spotlight on a riverfront rooftop

Photo by Will Blunt and starchefs.com - The grilled sour cream pound cake at Emeril's Restaurant was inpsired by a dessert from pastry chef Jeremy Fogg's grandmother.

Desserts have been getting their due lately, with more specialty sweet shops, more attention to dessert menus and more pastry chefs in the spotlight for their craft. Still, sometimes after a decadent dinner the dessert course ends up getting short shrift. Don’t think the pastry chefs aren’t watching. “You can understand after a five-course… Continue reading →

Metairie po-boy shop doubles down in Kenner

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - The seafood muffuletta is a signature sandwich at Parran's Po-boys in Metairie.

It seems every time you blink there’s a new location of another national sandwich chain opening around town. Now, however, it’s a longtime, homegrown po-boy purveyor that’s found a way to expand. Parran’s Po-Boys & Restaurant (3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416; parranspoboys.com) recently opened a new location in Kenner, at 2321 W. Esplanade Ave. The restaurant… Continue reading →

Choice? Select? Prime? Know what beef terms mean before you shop

St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo by EMILY RASINSKI -- Choice? Select? Prime? Know what beef terms mean before you shop.

Spencer Tracy famously appraised Katharine Hepburn like this: “Not much meat on her, but what there is is cherce.” That’s probably the most famous line from the 1952 comedy “Pat and Mike.” But I don’t want to talk about the movie (though it is a classic and you should see it again if you haven’t seen… Continue reading →

The truth about marinades: Most are a waste of your time

Marinades can sometimes do more harm than good. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1172254

Marinating meats for the grill seems to bring out the inner herbalist in even the most hard-boiled of home cooks. A little olive oil, some lemon juice, a handful of herbs, some exotic spices — whatever smells right. It’s almost like we’re designing a scented bath oil rather than a seasoning for meat. The truth is, though,… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Cheesy quiche serves up great for brunch or light supper

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE  --  Savory summer quiche

This savory summer quiche recipe is from my friend, Janet Young. Besides playing bridge, she likes going through cookbooks, reading about food or cooking something special for her family. Some of my favorite recipes come from her. This is a recipe she submitted to “Celebrating our Gardens,” the Country Club of Louisiana Garden Club cookbook.… Continue reading →

Plans for former Houston’s site grow clearer as Boulevard American Bistro takes shape

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  The former Houston's Restaurant in Metairie is now being developed as Boulevard American Bistro by the local company Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts.

While the decision to close the Houston’s Restaurant in Metairie last spring remains puzzling, plans for the next restaurant that will take its place at 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd. are becoming clearer. It will be called Boulevard American Bistro, and it should open within the next three months, pending the progress of renovations, said Zeid Ammari,… Continue reading →

First, you make a Roux: How a New Orleans nonprofit is building a different sort of food court, with its own approach to building small businesses

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --Phyllis Cassidy, left, executive director of Good Work Network, with Estralita Soniat, who will open a stand at the Roux Carre food court to expand from her Westwego-based Estralita's Cafe.

When Clinton Haughton went into business for himself in 2011 he had a folding table, a kettle grill and a handful of recipes from his native Jamaica. Soon he also had the late-night bar crowd around Frenchmen Street coming back for more. In 2013 he upgraded with a food truck, dubbed Johnny’s Jamaican Grill, and he has bigger plans… Continue reading →

After 40 years in business, homegrown Metairie po-boy shop expands to Kenner

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - The seafood muffuletta is a signature sandwich at Parran's Po-boys in Metairie.

It seems every time you blink there’s a new location of another national sandwich chain opening around town. Now, however, it’s a longtime, homegrown po-boy purveyor that’s found a way to expand. Parran’s Po-Boys & Restaurant (3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416; parranspoboys.com) has opened a new location in Kenner at 2321 W. Esplanade Ave.… Continue reading →

Magazine signing, fundraiser scheduled

Myra Edgar Brown will be signing copies of the September/October issue of Louisiana Cookin magazine, which features her Creole Gumbo recipe, on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Quality Inn Hotel, 3900 U.S. 51, Laplace. Brown will be dishing up servings of her gumbo, starting at 11 a.m. The event also is a fundraiser for Brown, who… Continue reading →

Snack or dessert, these oatmeal cookies will be a hit in your house

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE  ?  The Best Oatmeal Cookies

Now that school has started, many of you will be looking for lunchbox or after-school snacks. How about making up a batch of oatmeal cookies? Everyone likes them and they can serve as a snack or dessert. And nothing goes better with an ice-cold glass of milk. The only problem is how fast these… Continue reading →

Crab Trap will return to the Frenier lakefront

Photo provided by Louis Lipps - The Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant is under development in Frenier, a lakefront area just outside LaPlace.

Ambiance and amenities don’t count for much when it comes to a boiled seafood feast, but the Crab Trap had the right kind. It was just a shack, and a shack without solid walls. It had a short menu, longneck beers, breezes off the lake and a setting as satisfyingly rustic as any camp. The… Continue reading →