Country Roads and the Louisiana Culinary Institute invite you to sit down to a five-course feast prepared by the winners of our 2019 Small Town Chefs Awards at the Louisiana Culinary Institute.
Country Roads' Small Town Chefs Dinner celebrates the achievements of great chefs working culinary magic in the small towns along the back roads and bayous of our region. These exceptional cooks and their restaurants might be off the eatin’ path; but with these awards, we aim to fix that.
Chef Kyle Gautreaux finds new umami frontiers at Stab’s Steak and Seafood (Central, La.), whether it’s the Wild Mushroom Ravioli with sage brown butter and roasted red pepper coulis, the Savory Creole Bread Pudding with fried shrimp, or other elegantly adorned proteins—salted, seared, and superb to the last ounce. Stab’s now has a second location, on Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge, but the original spot is Gautreaux’s happy domain and a mad-dash destination for diners in Central and beyond.
It’s only been a few months since Chef Luke Hidalgo opened Hambone (Mandeville, La.) with his wife Marci and already the accolades are pouring in. The menu calls itself comfort food but we’re in a frenzy thinking of delights like the Oysters Marci (with caramelized fennel, bacon, mushrooms, Herbsaint, and pecan smoke) and Yellowfin Tuna (with farro, kimchi, Louisiana yams, green goddess dressing, sweet potato hot sauce, and sunflower seed trail mix).
Forty-six days under martial law following Hurricane Irma’s siege on the Virgin Islands taught Chef Ben Lewis that some forces of nature can’t be tamed. But now at the new Restaurant 1796, on site at The Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville, La.), he has a hearth to harness the crackle, spit, and flame of fire and make it do his bidding across a broad menu including cast-iron cornbreads, potato gravel (that’s twice-fried and crushed potatoes with sea salt and kosho mayo), and a whole menagerie of sea and land creatures with seared and blistered accompaniments.
Ticket proceeds benefit the LCI Foundation. The mission of the LCI Foundation is to provide scholarship grants and other financial awards and assistance to deserving students attending the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge and to provide food for distribution to one or more charitable feeding organizations whose primary purpose is feeding the homeless, poor or needy by supplying food products or preparing food.
The Small Town Chefs Dinner is presented by Georgia Pacific with Community Coffee, Louisiana Lottery, and St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission.
The Small Town Chefs dinner is part of the Country Roads Supper Club. Click HERE for more information.
Please contact Country Roads event coordinator, Sadler Ward, [email protected], with any questions.
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