It’s a foodie’s dream job: Develop a culinary trail to promote a unique region in Louisiana and then spend days sampling the food specialties in each town. Kelli M. West, marketing and communications director at Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in Natchitoches, La., had the pleasure of enjoying numerous lunches and desserts to create the Gas Station Eats trail of “No Man’s Land,” the region situated on the western corner of the state bordering Texas. The delicious job required culinary fortitude.
The craft beer brewing industry has long been male dominated, something women are striving to change. A wave of female innovators is creating delicious brews while bringing their own unique experiences to the fore. Here are five women-owned breweries around the country you can explore no matter your gender or preferred style of beer.
March is National Women’s History Month, an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and achievements of women. Here, we recognize a fresh crop of female icons emerging within industries that literally feed humanity. Really, anywhere a foodie traveler explores, women graciously invite all to their tables. While many more women deserve appreciation and notice, we trust those featured here will inspire your future culinary travel.
What is one of the best ways to experience a destination? Through the food, of course! Food tours all over the county have become a popular way to explore a place. The pandemic may have brought that to a screeching halt for now, but luckily you can order taste boxes delivered to your front door to explore new taste sensations without stepping foot outside. Plus, these boxes are a fantastic way to support small businesses. Here’s a collection of my favorites.
It’s one of those holiday dishes folks shake their heads at, chalking it up to the crazy culinary people of South Louisiana. Even the name brings forth a laugh. The portmanteau word “turducken,” a mash-up of its key ingredient names, takes a well-seasoned, deboned turkey and stuffs it with boneless chicken that’s been stuffed with boneless duck. In between are layers of well-seasoned Cajun-style dressing and pork stuffing.
If real estate is all about location, location, location, then dining out is all about presentation, presentation, presentation. You eat with your eyes first. We’ve all been in a restaurant when a server walks by with a plate of food and said to ourselves, “That looks good!” These five restaurants create visually-appealing food that not only entertains, but exceeds expectations and feeds the soul.
Borderland is a word that you hear a lot in El Paso, a sprawling West Texas city situated at the boundary between Mexico and the United States. The borderland region is symbolically defined by a hotly-contested crossing from El Paso into metropolitan Ciudad Juarez, but in reality, these two cities have been intertwined both culturally and historically throughout the ages. Ideas and people flow continuously back and forth here. In fact, before the pandemic, crossing the Texas border was a fairly simple process for Americans who enjoyed visiting Mexico for a meal.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Caroline Randall Williams is an award-winning poet, cookbook author, and activist to name a few of the Harvard graduate’s credentials. She’s taught in two of the poorest states in the Union—Mississippi and West Virginia—and recently garnered national attention for her New York Times op-ed, “You want a Confederate Monument? My body is a Confederate Monument.” She also comes from a long line of Black women who weighed over 200 pounds and refuses to follow suit.
Foodie Finds at National Parks Story by Anne Quinn Corr It’s easy to enjoy the great outdoors at any of our country’s 419 national park sites. While only 62 destinations may include the words “National Park” in their names, a multitude of lakeshores, seashores, battlefields, monuments, trails, and rivers are
From TV Screens to History Books: Chef Nina Compton Nina Compton proves that African-American contributions to American cuisine are about more than fried chicken and cornbread or pit barbeque and pecan pie. Story by Ginger Warder Recipe by Chef Nina Compton When Chef Nina Compton was named the runner-up—rather than