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31 How four young riders will compete in the national Pony Finals 83 Where you can now make candles 97 Which local chef grows his own produce at home And much more …

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What’s Up Our City I am 225 Cover story Style Taste Culture Calendar

Best Live Music Venue winner Chelsea’s Live

ON THE COVER

MORE THAN 14,000 Capital Region residents turned out at 225batonrouge.com this spring to vote for the 2022 Best of 225 Awards. Among the winners: the ”Best Breakfast” staples at Frank’s Restaurant. 225 staff photographer Collin Richie captured the restaurant’s fluffy, homemade buttermilk pancakes piled high with fresh berries. But you can also order Frank’s pancakes with bananas and pecans; Reese’s peanut butter chips; and even stuffed with cream cheese and strawberries. Dessert for breakfast, anyone? Turn to page 36 to see all of this year’s winners.

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EDITOR'S NOTE //

From the archives Best of 225 through the years

July 2006

Defining the 'best' RECENTLY OVER DINNER, my husband posed a question to the table: What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? Our friend immediately started thumbing through her camera roll, looking for pictures to show us of an Italian restaurant she’d visited while vacationing in Utah. I, too, pictured the tapas and sangrias from our honeymoon in Spain. I think there’s a tendency to equate our best culinary memories with travel. Maybe being on vacation is a rare chance to unwind enough to truly taste our food. Or it could be that the excitement of venturing to a new destination pushes us to order dishes that’d normally be outside of our comfort zones. But as fun as it is to eat at a fancy rooftop restaurant or a celebrity chef-owned concept in Las Vegas or New York City, the place that teaches us the most about food is the one we call “home.” Chefs at local restaurants shape our palates—and how we define great food. Our favorite grocery stores and spice shops teach us about seasoning. We learn the ins and outs of cooking with meat and seafood at our local markets. And we discover just how bright and flavorful local produce can be when we bite into a peach or a strawberry grown on a nearby farm. Issue Date: July 2022 Ad proof #1 The best dining experiences don’t have to be novel. • Please respond by e-mail or faxevery with your approval or minor revisions. In fact, they happen day, when we meet a friend for • AD WILL RUN AS IS unless approval or final revisions are received within 24 hours from receipt of this proof. A shorter timeframe will apply for tight deadlines. • Additional revisions must be requested and may be subject to production fees.

lunch at the new place down the street or venture to Taco Tuesday after work. They even happen when we crack open a cookbook to make our families dinner. That’s why it’s so fascinating to browse the winners of the Best of 225 Awards each year. It’s a snapshot of how Baton Rouge defines “the best” experiences the city has to offer. Every January at 225batonrouge.com, we invite 225 area residents to write-in nominations for their favorite local people, restaurants, shops, services and events. Those nominees are compiled onto the ballot, which is unveiled in the spring. This year, Red Stick residents cast more than 239,500 votes across 71 award categories. The awards present 225 readers a special, once-a-year opportunity: to decide what ends up in the magazine. It’s a chance for you to have your voice heard. And the results are always a mix of long-time Baton Rouge favorites and firsttime winners. We try to refresh the awards each year, adding new categories recommended to us by 225 readers. (Best Place to Buy Plants, Best Brewery and Best Car Wash are a few new ones for 2022.) We also offer free downloadable graphics on our website, which nominees can use to campaign. And lately, the awards have become more competitive than ever. Some awards are decided by less than 50 votes. We’ve even had some winners and runners up finish in exact ties. It makes the results more interesting—and meaningful—than ever. So from the whole 225 team, congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees! And a big thanks to all the readers who participated in this year’s nomination and voting processes. We’ll see you again in January—when it’s time to decide the 2023 awards.

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competition for STEM graduates will be strong, and companies that build a strong relationship with these early education programs will have an edge when recruiting. Computer science is an interdisciplinary field that is transcendental for students. As early as elementary school, the students at Kenilworth Science and Technology School study a number of different areas of expertise, including programming languages, problem-solving, robotics, mathematics, algorithms, and even statistics. Teaching kids computer science to children can be engaging, fun and boost their self-expression and self-esteem. The feeling of creating their very own app, from scratch, with all the elements they dreamed of shows them that when applying hands-on learning and understanding the basics of computer science, anything is possible.

Coding helps improve mathematics, writing and other valuable life and professional skills. Students who learn how to code and who understand the basics of computer science develop advanced skills in integral thinking, algorithmic thinking, creativity, and even teamwork skills. Those abilities are valuable and helpful in any field, regardless of whether it is related to computers and technology.One school in Baton Rouge has become a pioneer in STEM and computer science education. Kenilworth Science and Technology School has been a leader in STEM education since its founding in 2009. As the job market has changed, Kenilworth recognized the importance not only of STEM education but specifically computer science, and began offering computer coding classes over a decade ago. To expand upon this program, Kenilworth is set to open a new K-8 charter school with a focus and expansion on the computer science and coding component of the curriculum in August of 2023. Kenilworth’s enriched curriculum helps prepare students for high school and beyond. Every Kenilworth student is expected to be not only computer literate, but leave their school with foundational skills that will follow them beyond school and into the future job market. In addition to computer science classes such as computer fundamentals, computer coding, and web design, Kenilworth students work with computer software in other subjects, allowing their foundational skills to exponentially grow. From problem-solving skills, job opportunities, critical thinking, and creativity, there are so many reasons for children to learn programming in school. Visit kenilworthschool.org to learn more.


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Star-spangled band All-volunteer Baton Rouge Concert Band rings in July 4th once again THE SOARING SOUND of a concert band is part of a community’s essential backdrop, a festive undercurrent bringing deeper meaning and a cheery mood to civic events. Since 1976, the Baton Rouge Concert Band has provided such a soundtrack for those occasions, played by 65 volunteer musicians whose ages range from 18 to 80. Band members typically fell in love with their instruments while playing in school, and they didn’t want to abandon them as adults, says vice president and trumpet section leader Mark Courter. “We’re made up of people who invested a lot of time in music,” says Courter, who works by day as a software engineer. “We might have played in high school or in college, but we wanted to continue playing. It’s a great outlet.” Courter says some members joined the concert band immediately following playing in bands in high school or college, while others returned to playing after long breaks. He falls into the latter category. The former Tiger Band member graduated from LSU in 1981, and joined the Concert Band in 1993. He’s been playing with it ever since. This month, the band performs its annual Fourth of July concert in the courtyard of the Main Library. The show follows a successful Memorial

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Day concert of patriotic pieces and World War II era showtunes, also held at the library. For Independence Day, expect to hear big numbers like “The Star Spangled Banner” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” The Concert Band will also play a Leonard Bernstein tribute, “God Bless the USA” and a piece in which the famous baseball poem “Casey at the Bat,” is set to music. A lot of time and energy has gone into the band’s preparation, Courter says. Members meet weekly for rehearsal at Dutchtown High School under the direction of conductor Sheily Bell and assistant conductor Daniel Modenbach. Bell is only the second director in the Baton Rouge Concert Band’s history. She followed founding director Vincent Taranto Sr., who led the band from 1976 until his retirement in 2002. Different from orchestras, concert bands are comprised of clarinets, bassoons and oboes, a range of brass and high brass as well as percussion. Their distinct sound makes them perfect for municipal events, parades and holidays. There are thousands of community concert bands across the country, each one providing adult instrumental musicians an outlet for playing, while also fortifying the community’s cultural fabric. “We have a lot of very good musicians,” Courter says. “And we love playing for the community.” —MAGGIE HEYN RICHARDSON

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SEE THE SHOW Baton Rouge Concert Band’s Fourth of July Concert Main Library at Goodwood 7:30 p.m. brcb.org


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FURTHER PROVING THE point that yoga doesn’t have to happen in a studio, the USS KIDD Veterans Museum has announced a new free yoga series, Strong & Calm Warrior Yoga. Aimed at veterans, active military, first responders and their supporters and families, classes are held on the first Saturday of each month at the museum in a peaceful, open event space overlooking the Mississippi River. The series is sponsored by the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Yoga with Brandi. Class participants move through easy, accessible poses while also practicing relaxation techniques focused on breathing and stretching. Taught by instructor Brandi Hanson, the sessions help increase strength and stability and are aimed at all ability levels and life experiences. The poses and exercises are also adaptable to injuries. The class is free, but participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats. Join in on the first Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. usskidd.com

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The number of named storms predicted for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season by Colorado State University’s (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project in June, a slightly higher figure than it forecast in April. Of those 20 storms, 10 will turn into hurricanes, the project predicts, and five will be classified as Category 3 or higher. That’s significantly higher than the Atlantic hurricane season’s 30-year average of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three Category 3 or higher events.

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“It has been a battle with the local business owners and the clubs. It’s disruptive to tenants that live downtown and also my hotel guests.”

watermelon LOUISIANA IS A watermelon-loving state, with fans seeking out locally grown melons when the season hits. From Sugartown to Washington Parish, there’s much debate on where the best Louisiana melons are grown. But who’s quibbling? Nothing in the culinary world is as refreshing as a cold watermelon in the summer heat. All a watermelon needs is a little refrigeration, but it’s also an ingredient that’s easy to incorporate into summer dishes.

1. Finish with a little flaked salt to bring the sweet fruit to another level. 2. Cube and combine with tomatoes, feta, a light vinaigrette and fresh mint for a refreshing starter. 3. Make fruit kabobs for the kids. 4. Shake watermelon puree with vodka or gin, and strain for a gently sweet martini. 5. Grill it and serve with arugula and lime for a different summer salad.

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—David Johnson, general manager of the Watermark Hotel. At a May meeting of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council to discuss stronger enforcement of the parish’s noise ordinance, Johnson brought copies of more than 100 customer complaints about noise levels, news reports stated. The Watermark is located on Third Street, a popular entertainment corridor downtown. 225batonrouge.com | [225] July 2022

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Owner Horatio Isadore is bringing big changes to his Scotlandville cafe, slated to be complete in early August. In addition to a refreshed interior, the coffee shop will be incorporating several upgrades including an updated podcast studio and conference rooms; electronic menus and mobile ordering/pickup; fresh produce courtesy its partner Eat Healthy BR; and gelato thanks to a partnership with City Gelato. Find it on Instagram at @southerncofe.

Travel back in time and experience the lifestyle and culture of Louisiana in the 18th & 19th century.

Beer garden by Fred’s Bar and Grill Fred’s Bar and Grill has plans to open a new threelevel beer garden in what’s currently the watering hole’s parking lot. The beer garden will include a mix of open-air and sheltered, airconditioned spaces, along with a commissary kitchen, multiple new bars and an elevator. It will be similar to places you might spot in Austin, Texas, promises owner Marc Fraioli. fredsintigerland.com

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New location for Habana Port Cigar Merchants The Baton Rouge cigar shop has opened a new location at 4715 Perkins Road. The new space includes a 2,000-square-foot humidor and a public courtyard with a model and floor plan similar to its Metairie location, says owner Luis Molina. The cigar shop will offer cigar tastings and occasional wine tastings, too. habanaport.com

Flag Football / Basketball / Softball / Kickball / Volleyball

Bridging a gap Funding and plans for a new Mississippi River bridge are still TBD, but all three proposed locations are in Iberville Parish. That will no doubt change development and growth in the area. Planning is critical, says Camille Manning-Broome, president and CEO of the Center for Planning Excellence. “This means resisting the urge to indiscriminately build the kind of developments that pave over floodplains,” she says.

Winery and cidery by Sugarfield Spirits

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Gonzales distillery Sugarfield Spirits is slated to open its new operation in July, using imported grapes from California and Oregon to make wine, while also making sweet ciders that will be similar to brands like Angry Orchard and Woodchuck, says Director of Sales Anna Bowling. The ciders will have a tart, mildly sweet flavor, appealing to cocktail lovers and sour beer enthusiasts. The new distillery will be located on West Eastbank Street, across from Sugarfield Spirits, giving customers a choice to grab drinks from either or both locations. sugarfieldspiritsla.com

LSU chemical engineering student Cal Hendershot and LSU professor John Flake are researching new technologies for essential energy industries to allow chemical companies to remain operational while fulfilling carbon neutrality commitments. They’re researching how to use carbon dioxide as a fossil fuel alternative with net-negative carbon emissions. They say it could “reduce the state’s carbon footprint while helping Louisiana’s chemical industry turn a waste product into a valuable resource.” lsu.edu

Average price paid for Baton Rouge area home sales in April, about 9.4% higher than the expected price of $210,858, according to a recent study by Florida Atlantic and Florida International universities. The study ranked Baton Rouge’s real estate market at No. 93 among the top 100 most overpriced or underpriced metropolitan areas. It proclaimed the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas as two of the country’s leastoverpriced real estate markets in the country.

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Stay cool with cocoa SOGO TEA BAR’S Aztec Cocoa went from being a spontaneous kitchen experiment to a customer favorite. Red Stick Spice Co. had just gotten a Vitamix blender. While experimenting with it, a barista mixed the shop’s popular Aztec Spice Cocoa mix (usually a hot cocoa ingredient) with ice and milk. She handed the “dessert in a cup” to shop owner Anne Milneck, and it instantly became a favorite. When Milneck was developing the menu for the shop’s SoGo Tea Bar, she knew the cold chocolatey concoction would be a hit. So she made it available to customers as a sweet year-round treat. The Aztec Cocoa is made with Red Stick Spice Co. hot cocoa mix, ice, milk of your choice, cayenne, cinnamon and Himalayan salt. It’s topped with whipped cream. “With this drink, your eyes eat first, but then your nose eats,” Milneck says. “You’re getting that warm cinnamon and rich chocolate aroma. A lot of the experience of this drink is the overwhelmingly enjoyable smell of cinnamon and spice.” Chocolate lovers can order The Aztec Spice Cocoa mix a few ways at SoGo Tea Bar: frozen and blended with ice and milk; classic-style hot chocolate with steamed milk; or get a tin to go at the spice shop and make your own drinks at home. Pro tip: Reuse your cocoa mix tin for 15% off your refill. SoGo Tea Bar is inside Red Stick Spice Co. at 662 Jefferson Highway. Hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. redstickspice.com

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Grand openings From famous barbecue to fresh brews, 2022’s new culinary arrivals so far Compiled by Jennifer Tormo Alvarez RESTAURANTS ARE BACK. After new openings slowed in 2020 and 2021, the local industry is a flurry of activity once again. The first six months of 2022 have already seen a slew of debuts by new restaurants, cafes, bars and coffee shops. Here are a few that opened between January and June. And the year’s not over yet—there’s plenty to look forward to later this summer and in the fall. Eat up.

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Spoke & Hub

Jubans

Where: 5412 Government St. When: February

Where: 3739 Perkins Road When: April

The cycling-themed concept from City Group Hospitality is a welcome addition to an increasingly pedestrian-friendly Mid City. The restaurant is equipped with bike racks, cycling merch and a designated bike maintenance area. But you don’t have to be a cyclist to appreciate its imaginative, diner-style dishes—or its secret speakeasy’s craft cocktails. spokeandhubbr.com

A new chapter was added to Jubans' storied local history earlier this year. After a prolonged pandemic closure, the Louisiana classic was reimagined with a floor-to-ceiling renovation. The interior is divided into stylishly themed rooms and bars, including the Tigre Room, a dashing space with library shelves stacked with books and digitally rendered paintings of local sports figures. The menu got a delicious update, too, courtesy celeb chef Chris Motto. jubans.com

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This new concept from Walk-On’s CEO Brandon Landry is the place to see and be seen. Inspired by uber-chic restaurants in Las Vegas and Miami, the luxe interior was designed to the nines. (And it expects diners to be, too—cocktail attire is strongly encouraged.) Sink into your leather chair, and get ready for a night of ultra fine dining and top-notch people watching, all soundtracked by a live DJ. thesupperclubbtr.com

Barbecue devotees will no longer have to road trip to Mississippi for a taste of one of the South’s top-rated ’cue spots. At the famous eatery’s second location, The Shed Pit Master Robert Erwin smokes signature ribs, brisket, turkey and chicken wings in an atmosphere bedecked in quirky antiques and travel memorabilia. And since the new restaurant has taken over the old home of The Oasis, patrons can enjoy the sandy volleyball courts, too. Just beachy. theshedbbq.com

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Fast forward to 2022, and Tadpole Academy Swim School travels to residential pools across the region. The business is insured and requires that each homeowner also be insured. Today, it employs 15 lead instructors and more than 20 different assistants. All lead instructors complete —Taylor Alexander, owner of Tadpole rigorous training to Academy Swim School learn the academy’s protocols and become Red Cross Water Safety Instructors, the highest swim certification. “I certify them in (the Water Safety Instruction course) before they’re able to teach. They work for me for a year, and they’re invited to take the course through the Red Cross,” she says “And then they sit for two sessions. If we feel like they’re capable at that point, then they can go out and lead.” As an added layer of security, the academy also encourages the caregivers to stay at the lesson with their children. “We don’t want any caregiver showing up to practice, caught off guard by our aggressive method,” Alexander says. “We need those parents to cheer their kids on and give them high fives. We need them to encourage their kids to take every single turn.” Now in her tenth year, Alexander says she has no plans of slowing down. “Since starting Tadpole Academy, I began to realize that there were so many children in rural areas that weren’t going to get swim lessons if The academy meets an urgent need we didn’t go there. It’s no surprise relying on floatation devices in classes. in Louisiana. Louisiana ranks third in Louisiana, we’re at the top of the Alexander finds that this approach in the nation among states with the chart for drownings for children per produces real results in even her highest drowning rates, according to capita,” Alexander says. “And every youngest students. the most recent Centers for Disease year, we have a minority with a higher “It’s amazing to see how many Control and Prevention data from drowning rate.” 2- and 3-year-old children can swim 2019. Worse still, the state’s child In the U.S., 64% of Black children across the pool,” Alexander says. drownings rose 60% in 2020, don’t know how to swim, according to The academy’s students according to the Louisiana the USA Swimming Foundation, and start on an eight-day DIGIT Department of Health. In the CDC’s most recent data reports lesson plan. Instructors those cases, 96% of the that Black youth drown in swimming have children place children who drowned pools at 5.5 times the rate of white their faces into the did not know how to children. Alexander says she thinks water on day one. On Where Louisiana swim. back to the history of segregation in day seven, children ranks nationally Alexander started swimming pools, when for years Black are told to come to for highest drowning rates teaching her methods people weren’t even allowed to take class fully dressed, so nearly a decade ago at the part in swim lessons. they can learn to swim pool at the Prairieville church “As a result, caregivers constantly even if they accidentally she attends. The business quickly told these children to stay away from fall into a pool with clothes on. took off, and after the floods in 2016, the water. It’s important we teach And instructors are not allowed to skip a friend asked if Alexander could send every child that water is not scary,” she over any safety explanation, no matter a swimming instructor to her home in says. “It’s a healthy outdoor activity for how minuscule it may seem. Zachary. When social media followers all to enjoy.” “Our number one priority is to caught word she was offering homeRegistration for swim lessons make sure no more children drown,” based swimming instruction, requests opened in January but there are still Alexander says. “We treat every family across southeast Louisiana rolled in available spots. Visit TadpoleAcademy. as if they’re the next one who could quicker than she could book them. com for more information. have an accident.”

“Our number one priority is to make sure no more children drown.”

AFTER HER 3-YEAR-OLD nearly drowned years ago, Taylor Alexander embarked on a mission to teach water safety to every child in southeast Louisiana. It happened in an instant. Alexander was putting sunblock on another one of her children by the pool. Her son, Ian, ventured toward the water, mistakenly thinking he had his floatie on. But when he went into the pool, he sank straight into the bottom. “When I saw how quickly something could have happened had I not been right there, I was like, ‘Whoa, I’m not waiting,’” Alexander says. “So, two weeks later I signed him up with this lady that teaches the same method that we teach now.” Alexander is referring to the methods utilized by her instructors at Tadpole Academy Swim School, which she launched in 2013. The school takes a more aggressive, fast-paced approach to swim safety, encouraging parents to enroll their children in lessons at a much younger age. It also discourages

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Ticket to ride Four young riders from the Capital Region to compete in prestigious national equestrian show this summer B Y M AG G I E HE Y N R I C HA R D S O N P HOTO S BY CO L L I N R I C H I E

Sisters Stella and Vivian Silva and Emma Melville are among the students who will travel with Sommerview Farm owner Brittany Sommer DeSalvo (pictured in red) to Kentucky for the United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals.

THE SUNNY, SUMMER morning is quiet, except for the swishing of horse tails and the clip-clop of their hooves as four young riders make their way to the training ring at Sommerview Farm in St. Gabriel. Aili King, Emma Melville and sisters Stella and Vivian Silva have spent the last several weeks making final preparations for the show of their lives—at least thus far in their equestrian careers. Next month, the girls, their trainer, horses and families will caravan to Lexington, Kentucky, for the United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals. Qualifying for the prestigious event, which draws young riders from around the country, is a hard-fought accomplishment reached through a season’s worth of national qualifying events. To earn a spot at Pony Finals, the girls had to earn “champion” or “reserve champion” status (placing first or second overall) at a nationally rated horse show. The girls have trained six days a week to hone their skills in the hunter jumper discipline, an equestrian category that requires technical precision, control and athleticism. Rider Stella Silva qualified for Pony Finals by placing first at a horse show in Texas on her white pony, Laughing out Loud. “I just tried to relax and do my best and trust him,” says Silva, 11, who also qualified in 2021 for Pony Finals. “Because I know if I get in his way too much, I’ll mess up.” Silva’s little sister, 9-year-old Vivian, qualified for the first time this year on a black pony named Signed in Ink. She says riding has been a journey that’s included learning to get back in the saddle when you fall off—literally. “It feels good to overcome obstacles. It feels like I’ve accomplished something,” Vivian Silva says. For her, a horse show is “not about the ribbons, but the riding.” Having four riders make it to Pony Finals is a big deal for Sommerview Farm, a family-owned barn operated by Brittany Sommer DeSalvo, an award-winning equestrian who grew up in Baton Rouge. The barn, located about 25 minutes from downtown Baton Rouge, offers lessons to riders of any age and ability level. It’s also a boarding barn for families who own horses. Located on a verdant swath of land on Bayou Paul Road, the operation includes two training rings and a large barn with tack rooms, a washing area and stalls that currently hold about 25 horses. A full-time groom lives on the property 225batonrouge.com | [225] July 2022

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to give the animals round-the-clock care. DeSalvo also owns a sister operation in Lafayette called Sommerview Oaks. Buying an expensive horse isn’t a prerequisite to equestrian success, DeSalvo says, who regularly brings in rescue horses she believes deserve a —Sommerview Farm owner Brittany Sommer DeSalvo second chance. In fact, Melville’s horse, Golden Ticket, is a rescue that DeSalvo bought at a “slaughter auction,” where horses are sold for processing. Melville, 13, has spent months working with Golden Ticket (nicknamed Tank), riding every day after school during the school year and a full day on weekends. It’s paid off. She surprised herself by qualifying for Pony Finals this year with Golden Ticket at a show in Folsom. “I didn’t realize it at first,” Melville says, “but then everyone was screaming.” Sommerview Farm was born out of DeSalvo’s single-minded, childhood passion for horses. Her mother, Sharon DeSalvo, recalls that at age eight, DeSalvo issued a full-throated rejection of all other sports and activities. “We had her at a swim meet, and she was about to dive in and said, ‘that’s it, I’m done,’ and she walked away,” Sharon says. “She was just wild about horses.” Issue Date: July 2022 Ad proof DeSalvo recalls never questioning her #2 • Please respond by e-mail or fax with your approval or minor revisions. drive. • AD WILL RUN AS IS unless approval or final revisions are received within 24 hours “Asreceipt far back I can remember, is for tight deadlines. from of thisas proof. A shorter timeframe this will apply

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“I just tried to relax and do my best and trust him.” —Stella Silva on placing first at a horse show on her pony

what I wanted to do,” she says. “On a horse—that’s where I wanted to be.” But this was 30 years ago, when fewer opportunities for equestrian education existed in the Capital Region than they do today. The family had to travel to Lafayette and even as far as San Antonio for lessons, Sharon says, later buying the St. Gabriel property and bringing in trainers to work with DeSalvo and some of her friends. DeSalvo hadn’t been kidding about her equestrian commitment. She earned big success as a teen rider, raking in scores of ribbons, and placing first in the nation in her division at the 1999 National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, where she faced off against the country’s top 10 riders. It was a huge accomplishment for an unknown rider from Louisiana, and one of several honors she has earned over the years. Sixteen years ago, DeSalvo began putting her energy into developing Sommerview Farm, improving its facilities, and expanding lessons and camps for riders of all levels and ages. She’s pinning high hopes on Pony Finals this year, she says. “I’m really excited about going and for what these girls have accomplished,” DeSalvo says. “Now, let’s go win.”

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JoyMcDonald JOY MCDONALD’S interpretations of famous paintings may never be featured in worldrenowned galleries with the likes of the Mona Lisa. And she’s perfectly fine with that. To McDonald, it doesn’t matter where her art hangs as long as it makes people smile, or even laugh out loud. Her name, Joy, is perfectly fitting. After 25 years of bartending, McDonald started a sobriety journey in 2016 that would lead her to rediscover the color in her life. Now it’s her mission to share that newfound happiness with others. “Once I quit drinking, it changed everything. I got a second chance at life,” she says. “Once I started drawing and flowing, I realized how happy it made me feel, and now I can’t stop. I’m more addicted to making people happy than I was to alcohol. This addiction is way more healthy and more rewarding.” McDonald has always had a creative spirit. She remembers running out of time while taking tests in school because she doodled little characters in the margins. By the time she was in high school, she designed T-shirts for graduations and small businesses in her community. As a self-taught artist, McDonald finds herself experimenting with different subjects and mediums, whether it’s a painting or cheerful chalk doodles on her neighbor’s driveways. One thing is consistent across all her work: There is no shortage of color. While painting one afternoon, McDonald birthed her own signature characters. What started as a red line painted on a canvas turned into an army of expressive, multicolored rectangles that McDonald uses to bring joy to everyone who encounters her art. “Everyone always asks, ‘What are they?’ And a lot of people will guess that they’re popsicle sticks or sticks of gum,” she says. “I don’t really know what they are. I call them my little LOLs, because they just make you laugh out loud.” McDonald uses these LOLs to bring a sense of happiness to the mundaneness of life around her. She places them in Louisiana scenes like Saturday nights in Death Valley, or uses them as substitutes for famous celebrities like The Beatles. Their smiling, carefree faces pop up in renditions of well-known art pieces by Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt. “I started with The Scream, and now he’s The Laugh,” she says. “Then, I recreated The Kiss for a friend with the LOLs. Recently, I reimagined The Girl with the Pearl Earring because she looked sad, and I wanted to make her laugh, too.” It’s these reimagined paintings that make McDonald’s work stand out in shops like Local Leaf Gallery and Mid-City Artisans Art Gallery. She hopes to one day have her work displayed in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Her work is hard to miss,” says Local Leaf Gallery owner Brittany Rouse. “It definitely makes you smile.” And in February, McDonald delivered her biggest commissioned painting yet to her friends Anne and Dave Brassett. The canvas is covered with LOLs getting into shenanigans from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Though there’s a lot going on in the piece, one element makes it special: puffy paint. Dave is blind, so the addition of 3D paint allows him to feel the canvas and get an idea of what’s going on. “Dave can feel the crawfish claws and the muffulettas in the painting, and it makes him smile too,” Anne Brassett says. “I love that he can be part of it and still experience the painting in his own way.” facebook.com/joy.mcdonald1

“There’s so much sadness, grief and anger in the world. Sometimes we need a reason to smile. Art is so emotional, and it can help you forget about things and escape.”

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McDonald’s work is our featured monthly art print. Turn to page 118.

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BEST OF 225 BY THE NUMBERS 239,504 Number of votes cast across this year’s 71 award categories

14,062 Number of Capital Region residents who cast votes for this year’s awards

THE JUDGES

Any Capital Region resident can cast votes or nominations to determine the winners of the Best of 225 Awards.

Here’s how you can participate next year: Step one: Write-in your nominations.

Nominate your fave businesses and people on our fill-in-the-blank online ballot next January.

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The entities with the most nominations will be placed on the final ballot in March. Subscribe to our newsletter, 225 Daily, for updates starting this fall.

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s d r a w A Think of this annual issue as a guide to Baton Rouge, prepared by Baton Rougeans. You wrote it, after all. The 71 winners—and 284 runners-up— on the following pages were nominated and voted by you. This spring, Capital Region residents cast their support for their most beloved local shops, restaurants, bars, events and people in the Best of 225 Awards online ballot. From the whole 225 team, a heartfelt congratulations to all of the 2022 nominees, runners up and winners. This is a glimpse of what makes our city great.

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Runners up

Placing in the top five is pretty special. These are your up-and-comers—and maybe even future winners.

Close race

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Elsie’s Plate and Pie 16.8% The Overpass Merchant 9.5% The Chimes 7.5% Ruby Slipper Cafe 7.5% B E S T D E S S E R T S AT A R E S TA U R A N T

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Frank’s Restaurant 24.1%

A well-known spot for Cajun and plate lunch classics, this Airline Highway eatery is also a must for breakfast. The kitchen turns out platters piled with sweet and savory treats, egg dishes and fluffy pancakes. Don’t forget an order of the family-owned restaurant’s famous biscuits. franksrestaurantla.com RUNNERS UP

Louie’s Cafe 17.7% Mason’s Grill 14.5% Ruby Slipper Cafe 12.4% Simple Joe Cafe 11.1%

This popular Mid City spot combines an industrial-style ambiance with Southern fare. Its sweet pies, available in individual or shareable portions, are a nod to classic Americana flavors like coconut cream, apple and s’mores. elsiespies.com RUNNERS UP

Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s 12.6% Mansurs on the Boulevard 8.2% BRQ Seafood and Barbeque 7.4% The Little Village 6.1% BEST BAKERY

The Ambrosia Bakery 45% It’s easy to start drooling when looking into the case of baked goods at Ambrosia. The family-owned business bakes a variety of cakes and pastries inspired by classic recipes with a signature twist. Find it on Facebook RUNNERS UP

Gambino’s Bakery 10.5% CounterSpaceBR 9.7% Les Amis Bake Shoppe 9.6% Wicked Goodness Confections 5.6%

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Drago’s Seafood Restaurant 15.9%

Born in Metairie’s Fat City neighborhood, Drago’s was responsible for creating the delectable butter, garlic and Romano cheese-topped charbroiled oysters Louisiana loves. The restaurant’s longstanding connections to the Gulf oyster industry ensure its oysters are the freshest possible. dragosrestaurant.com RUNNERS UP

Phil’s Oyster Bar & Seafood 14.4% Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar 13.1% Acme Oyster House 12% Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant 9.9% B E S T C R AW F I S H

Tony’s Seafood

27.9%

When history books record what defined Baton Rouge, Tony’s will most certainly be included. Since 1959, locals and visitors have been queueing up for this sprawling seafood market’s expertly seasoned boiled crawfish. tonyseafood.com RUNNERS UP

Sammy’s Grill 12.1% Willie’s Restaurant 11.3% Hole ‘N Da Wall Seafood 9.3% Crawfish on the Geaux 9% BEST GUMBO

Dempsey’s

17%

Seafood, or chicken and CLOSE andouille? Dempsey’s reliable, made-from-scratch gumbo starts with a 45-minute roux, an extra RACE! step that has made it a consistent Best Gumbo winner. Find it on Facebook RUNNERS UP

Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant

15.2%

The Chimes 14.3% Louisiana Langiappe 10.1% Duke’s Seafood & Steakhouse 10% BEST SEAFOOD DISHES

Louisiana Lagniappe

24.9%

This dinner-only establishment places seafood on a pedestal, creating dish after dish with fresh Gulf ingredients. Sample crab, oysters, crawfish, shrimp and fresh fish served in myriad ways, and don’t forget to top it off with bananas foster bread pudding. louisianalagniapperestaurant.com RUNNERS UP

Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant 20.1% Mike Anderson’s 13.4% Mansurs on the Boulevard 9.1% Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine 6.9%

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BEST BBQ

BRQ Seafood and Barbeque

The menu at BRQ is massive and varied, but the mouthwatering barbecue platters paired with house-made sauces are a must. Choose from brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and andouille, complemented by seafood appetizers and indulgent side dishes. brqrestaurant.com

BEST BURGER

Curbside 16.1%

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RUNNERS UP

Hannah Q Smokehouse 17.7% City Pork Brasserie & Bar 16.3%

What started as a food truck is now a mainstay in Mid City. The indoor-outdoor space allows for a laid-back atmosphere while enjoying burgers, shakes and fries. Order simple or piled high with toppings (think bacon, fried egg, jalapenos) and sauces (smokey, spicy and garlic). Each creation is sandwiched between buttery brioche buns. curbside-burgers.com

Cou-Yon’s BBQ 14.3% Jay’s Bar-B-Q 6.8%

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TJ Ribs

RUNNERS UP

Burgersmith 15.1%

29.8%

This long-standing establishment knows a thing or two about smoking barbecue low and slow over seasoned oak. Its ribs are worth getting your hands dirty for, as they’re marinated for 24 hours in secret seasoning and lightly glazed with a signature sauce. tjribs.com

Dearman’s 12.8% Our Mom’s Restaurant & Bar 10% The Overpass Merchant 7.2%

RUNNERS UP

BRQ Seafood and Barbeque 13.8% Hannah Q Smokehouse 12% City Pork Brasserie & Bar 11%

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Gino’s Italian Restaurant 22.5%

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An encyclopedic menu of Italian classics and a throwback vibe invite reckless indulgence. Dive into pasta and several iterations of veal, steaks and seafood; sink your teeth into pull-apart bread varnished in buttery Parmesan; and top things off with spumoni for dessert. There’s a reason Baton Rouge has been dining here since 1966. ginosrestaurant.com RUNNERS UP

Digiulio Brothers Italian Cafe 17.3% The Little Village 15.5% Monjunis 9.9% Pinetta’s European Restaurant 7.3%

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BEST MEXICAN

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant 44.4%

Superior Grill

Like moths to flames, diners flock to Albasha’s six greater Baton Rouge locations for the fragrant, garlicky flavors of the Levant. This staple is popular for lunch and dinner. albashabr.com RUNNERS UP

24.6%

From “puff” tacos to tomatillo and poblano enchiladas to sizzling fajitas, Superior’s vast menu makes it possible to order something new every time. Go light with a fresh seafood salad, or big with a belt-loosening combo. Either way, the potent margaritas are a must. superiorgrill.com

Serop’s Cafe 16.8%

RUNNERS UP

Zorba’s Greek Bistro 15.2%

Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine 14.9%

Cafe Phoenicia 10.4% Roman’s Cafe 7.5%

The Velvet Cactus 11.4% La Carreta 10.2% Tio Javi’s Mexican Grill 10%

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BEST VIETNAMESE

Chow Yum Phat 23.4%

Call it lawless Asian street food. Chow Yum Phat serves whimsical, outside-the-bounds global dishes including ramen, bao, birria tacos and a revolving door of specials. Its wildly popular seasonal Chowstyle crawfish are boiled, sauced and tossed with orange, ginger and Asian spices. chowyumphat.com RUNNERS UP

Ava Street Cafe 12.3% Bao Vietnamese Kitchen 12% Soji: Modern Asian 11.8% Pho Cafe 9.4% BEST THAI

Thai Kitchen

47%

Since 1989, Thai Kitchen has given us so many reasons to love it, from spicy larb to green papaya salad to pad thai. Live music on the patio on Thursdays is icing on the cake. thaikitchenla.com RUNNERS UP

Thai Pepper 18.9% Lee’s Asian Fusion 11.1% Thai Chili Restaurant 10.8% Duang Tawan 10% BEST SUSHI

Ichiban Sushi Bar & Grill 19.1% Ichiban’s deft sushi chefs create bold rolls in a mosaic of colors, but that’s just the start of things to enjoy at this fun and festive eatery. Along with fresh sushi, enjoy hibachi grilled meats and veggies. ichibanbr.com RUNNERS UP

Tsunami 16.9% Sushi Yama Japanese Restaurant 14.8% Geisha, Sushi with a Flair 13.5% Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi 9.1%

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BEST CRAFT BEER MENU

! TEGORY NEW CA B E S T B R E W E R Y

Tin Roof Brewing Co. 41.2%

The largest craft brewery in Baton Rouge has made a name for itself as a watering hole for locals and tourists alike. The beer list is expansive, including a variety of ales, IPAs, stouts and more. Plus, the taproom provides an indoor-meets-outdoor vibe for patrons to sit back and relax with visiting attractions like food trucks and yoga. tinroofbeer.com RUNNERS UP

Istrouma Brewing 19.6% Le Chien Brewing Company 19%

Mid City Beer Garden

BEST COFFEE SHOP AMBIANCE

35.7%

This airy spot is perfect for brews and Instagram photos. The tap list offers something for everyone, categorized by flavor profiles like light and crisp or hop heaven. midcitybeergarden.com

CC’s Coffee House

14%

A Baton Rouge classic, CC’s offers a variety of espresso and blended drinks. Each shop provides an atmosphere just as suited to catch-up meetings as to study sessions, thanks to plenty of seating and a calm atmosphere. ccscoffee.com

RUNNERS UP

The Chimes 20.8% The Bulldog 16%

RUNNERS UP

French Truck Coffee 11% Coffee Call 10.5%

Mid Tap 7.9%

City Roots Coffee Bar 9.03%

Olive or Twist 4%

Brew Ha-Ha! 8.98%

B E S T C R A F T C O C K TA I L M E N U

Olive or Twist

20.4%

Unique craft cocktails are the mainstay at this lively bar and restaurant. Select one from the bar list, or put the power in the mixologist with cocktail roulette—just choose the flavor direction and let the bartender do the rest. oliveortwistbr.com

Rally Cap Brewing Co. 8.2%

RUNNERS UP

Cypress Coast Brewing Co. 6.5%

BLDG 5 15.2% Hayride Scandal 14.8% Soji: Modern Asian 10.2% SoLou 8.9%

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BEST DOWNTOWN LUNCH SPOT

Poor Boy Lloyd’s 14.4%

Indulge in Cajun and Southern classics at this casual café that’s been serving downtown since the late ’60s. Enjoy poboys piled high, plates with all the fixins’ or a hearty breakfast. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant stays open through the evening for the dinner crowd. poorboylloyds.com RUNNERS UP

Capitol City Grill

11.9%

Pastime Restaurant 10.6% Tsunami 9.9% The Little Village 9.7%

BEST FOOD TRUCK

Cou-Yon’s BBQ

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BEST HAPPY HOUR

Superior Grill

B E S T R E S TA U R A N T F O R O U T D O O R D I N I N G

33.9%

BLDG 5

17.2%

This food truck stationed on Perkins Road packs a punch when it comes to barbecue, seafood and potatoes. The Cajun-meets-South Texas smoked meats can be ordered by the plate or half pound. couyons.com

Happy hour is done right at this Mexican eatery. Beginning at 3 p.m., patrons can see and be seen while ordering discounted 20-ounce margaritas (frozen or on the rocks), draft beer and house wine. batonrouge.superiorgrill.com

At BLDG 5, hip dining spaces spill out onto a plantfestooned patio, while a rooftop deck and bar draw denizens of cool. It’s like some sort of fairy labyrinth as you move through the restaurant from one pretty spot to the next. bldg5.com

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The Big Cheezy 14.2%

Olive or Twist 11.5%

Crawfish on the Geaux 13.5%

Bistro Byronz

Chicky Sandos 9.7%

Rocca Pizzeria 7.9%

Taqueria Don Beto 9.5%

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Mid City Beer Garden 14.5% The Velvet Cactus 11.5% The Chimes - Highland 8.9% SoLou 8.6%


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BLDG 5 23.3%

It’s just so easy to eat plant-based at this Perkins Overpass favorite, where the menu is built on mixing, matching, snacking and sharing, and where vegetables receive the same creative attention as meats. Every menu category features contemporary vegetarian and vegan dishes, which appeal to hardcore practitioners and flexitarians alike. It’s a fantastic model for how restaurants can satisfy protein and plant-based patrons. bldg5.com RUNNERS UP

MJ’s Cafe 19.7% Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine 15.1% Cocha 11.4% Vegan Friendly Foods 10.6% BEST SAL ADS

The Salad Station

19.5%

Started in Hammond by a family with farming roots, The Salad Station has grown to three locations in Baton Rouge. Diners love curating their own salad with its wide variety of greens and toppings. thesaladstation.com RUNNERS UP

Bistro Byronz 14.8% BLDG 5 14.2% Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux 12.3% Maxwell’s Market 9% BEST SANDWICHES

Anthony’s Italian Deli

19.2%

Chow down into the just crisp surface of a warm, pressed Anthony’s sandwich, and it’s clear why the place never goes out of style. The notable muffoletta with homemade olive salad is just one of many sandwiches to choose from. bestmuffoletta.com RUNNERS UP

Po-Boy Express 12.1% Rocco’s New Orleans Po-Boys and Cafe 11.4% Elsie’s Plate and Pie 10.2% Maxwell’s 8.4% B E S T B R E A D AT A R E S TA U R A N T

The Little Village

51%

There’s no shortage of mouthwatering bread to soak up leftover marinara sauce or olive tapenade at this eatery. The musthave appetizer is a braided Italian sesame loaf baked fresh to order, brushed with virgin olive oil, seasoned with cracked black pepper and sprinkled with Romano cheese. littlevillagebr.com RUNNERS UP

Gino’s Italian Restaurant 13.7% Rocca Pizzeria 5.9% Ruffino’s 4.05% Portobello’s Grill 4.03%

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BEST PIZZ A

B E S T TA C O S

Fleur de Lis Pizza

BEST GRILLED CHEESE

21.1%

Mid City Beer Garden

At this no-frills bar and restaurant, the Roman-style pizza is the main attraction. Thin-crust pies are cut into squares, with each slice covered in traditional toppings. fleurdelispizza.com

21.8%

RUNNERS UP

Red Zeppelin Pizza 14.7%

This indoor-outdoor garden has kept the original-Chelsea’s tradition alive with its gloriously gooey grilled cheese. Homemade rosemary focaccia is filled with six different kinds of cheese with the option of add-ons (bacon, pesto and pulled pork, to name a few). Paired with spicy tomato basil soup, it’s just asking to be dunked. midcitybeergarden.com RUNNERS UP

Elsie’s Plate and Pie 21.6% Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux 12.7%

Lit Pizza 14.1%

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The street-style taco has grown in popularity in Red Stick over the years, thanks to establishments like this one. Savory tacos are piled high with a variety of fillings and sauces named with a nod to politics, like “steak of the union” and “coop d’etat.” govttaco.com RUNNERS UP

Superior Grill 15.6%

Rocca Pizzeria 13.8%

The Velvet Cactus 11%

Rotolo’s Pizzeria 6.5%

Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine 9.9% Uno Dos Tacos 9.5%

BEST FRIES

Burgersmith

Gov’t Taco

23.9%

At this burger joint, the fries are cooked to perfection and seasoned with classic salt, savory Louisiana spice or butter and garlic. burgersmith.com RUNNERS UP

Dearman’s 9.9%

Fat Cow Burgers & Salads 14.6%

BLDG 5 9.8%

The Chimes 12.5% The Overpass Merchant 12.3% Curbside 10.8%

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SoLou 46%

Is it the string-lit patio with its sprawling live oaks? The custom wallpaper? Or the menu replete with shareables, boards and an interactive s’mores dessert? The brainchild of Chef Peter Sclafani and partners Michael Boudreaux and Kiva Guidroz, SoLou has been luring patrons with its hip vibe and reimagined Creole eats since day one. eatsolou.com RUNNERS UP

Leola’s Cafe and Coffee House 12.4% Proverbial Wine Bistro 11.5% Basel’s Market 11% Fork N Spoon 7.7% *Editor’s note: 2021 restaurant openings were eligible. Restaurants that opened in 2022 will be eligible for Best New Restaurant in 2023. B E S T O V E R A L L R E S TA U R A N T

Elsie’s Plate and Pie

16%

A new pastry chef and a case stocked with inventive daily pie specials only adds to this Mid City spot’s luster. It was featured in Southern Living last August and has earned consistent Best Of honors since opening in 2017. elsiespies.com RUNNERS UP

Louisiana Lagniappe 13.9% BLDG 5 11% Mansurs on the Boulevard 10.2% The Chimes 10.1% BEST BAR*

Mid City Beer Garden

27.7%

Mid City Beer Garden is again voted the spot to sip an artisan beer, glass of organic wine or craft cocktail. The sultry setting serves up open-air charm, rain or shine, and its impressive beverage menu doesn’t hurt. midcitybeergarden.com RUNNERS UP

Bin 77 Bistro & Sidebar 13.7% Hayride Scandal 9.7% The Bulldog 9.5% Uncle Earl’s 7.7% *Editor’s note: Nominees for this award were limited to those with a Class AG bar permit as of spring 2022. (Nominees with an AR permit were eligible for Best Bar at a Local Restaurant.) B E S T B A R AT A R E S TA U R A N T

Superior Grill

17.9%

Meeting for an after-work margarita at Superior is a longstanding Baton Rouge tradition, backed by scores of patrons who can’t get enough of Superior’s always festive atmosphere. superiorgrill.com RUNNERS UP

The Chimes 13.9% BLDG 5 11.2% Olive or Twist 11.2% SoLou 8.4%

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ADVERTISEMENT

AT SUGAR FARMS

Istrouma Eatery and Brewery, Louisiana artist and filmmakers, John Darling and Joana Haynes, continue to promote Louisiana culture through food, film, art, and music till the cows come home at their family-owned Texas longhorn cattle farm Sugar Farms. Istrouma Eatery and Brewery is the farm to table style restaurant and brewery housed inside the picturesque barn.

WHAT TO EXPECT

MAKE IT AN EVENT

• Farm-made pizza & tacos • Farm made ice cream & desserts • Farm roasted coffee • Future drive-in movie theater • Freshly squeezed Lemonade & farm-made sodas • Freshly brewed craft beer • Wide assortment of wines & cocktails

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• Birthdays • Weddings • Girls Night Out • Corporate Events THEY HOST ANY EVENT LARGE OR SMALL! GIVE THEM A CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT GATHERING.


People & Entertainment T EXT BY Z A NE P IO NT EK

GABRIELLE FELD / COURTESY CHELSEA’S LIVE

A performer during Colorful Sounds in the Round, a monthly singer-songwriter series at Best Live Music Venue winner Chelsea’s Live

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BEST CHEF

Thien Nguyen, Soji: Modern Asian

E FIRST-TIM ! WINNER

15.9%

From sushi to ceviche to the legendary Drunken Noodles, Soji offers the finest flavors of the Asian diaspora. But a dazzling menu is only as good as the chef who executes it, and that’s where the deft hands and palate of Head Chef Thien Nguyen come into play. Nguyen has trained in culinary schools from Thibodaux to France. eatsoji.com RUNNERS UP

Jim Urdiales, Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine 13.2% John Folse, White Oak Estate and Gardens 13.1% Jonathan Breaux, formerly of The Overpass Merchant 10.6% Chris Motto, Jubans 9.5% B E S T P L A C E F O R A D AT E N I G H T

Tsunami

16.1%

With its rooftop vantage, chic styling and tantalizing cuisine, Tsunami is the kind of place that feels lofted a few stories above reality. And its atmosphere of high-brow elegance is quietly undercut by unpretentious fun—see the “Munchie Roll,” complete with a dusting of Dorito crumbs. batonrouge.servingsushi.com RUNNERS UP

Gino’s Italian Restaurant 13.46% Stab’s Prime Steak and Seafood 9.51% BLDG 5 8.47% Mansurs on the Boulevard 7.71% B E S T B A R O R R E S TA U R A N T T O WAT C H S P O R T S

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

42.8%

What better spot to grab a beer and catch the game than one founded by bona fide college athletes? After first meeting as walk-on players on the LSU basketball team, original founders Brandon Landry and Jack Warner went on to create a haven for Louisiana’s bustling sports culture, now in its 19th year with fans far and wide. walk-ons.com RUNNERS UP

Mid City Beer Garden 12.2% The Chimes 11.7% Superior Grill 10.6%

COLLIN RICHIE

Ivar’s Sports Bar 7.4%

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WE CAN FIX YOUR JOINTS. BUT ONLY YOU CAN TELL US WHAT KEEPS THEM MOVING.

Half of your healthcare is in the stories you share with us. Because before you’re a patient, you’re a person – and what you’re thinking, feeling, and hoping for can help us to personalize your recovery and improve your outcome. ololrmc.com/WeListenWeHeal


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BES T VISUAL ARTIS T

Jacob Zumo 17.7%

Artist Jacob Zumo came to fame for his portraits of celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and, more recently, LSU football superstar Joe Burrow. But he’s lately let that kind of work take a back seat, reworking his oeuvre into an homage to the sacred. Now, he mostly busies himself reinterpreting and modernizing religious iconography, as seen in his recent “Mother Mary” collection, and, as always, adorning his hometown Baton Rouge with eyecatching murals. shop.jzumo.com RUNNERS UP

Loveday Funck 13.9% Laura W. Taylor 12.8% Marc Fresh 11.9% Brittany Nicole 11.9% BEST MUSEUM

Knock Knock Children’s Museum 35.2% The Knock Knock Children’s Museum has earned attention for its keen ability to simultaneously engage, educate and entertain young minds. Boasting a broad array of games, activities and exhibits, Knock Knock is a win-win destination where children can have fun and parents can rest easy knowing their little ones’ development is the top priority. knockknockmuseum.org RUNNERS UP

Louisiana Art & Science Museum 18.3% LSU Rural Life Museum 16.2% Capitol Park Museum 11.1% U.S.S Kidd Veterans Museum 8.4% BEST PERFORMING ARTS GROUP

Theatre Baton Rouge

25.4%

Theatre Baton Rouge has long offered theatrical CLOSE experiences with a consistency and quality that have made it a RACE! mainstay among local arts connoisseurs. Producing classic romps like The Rocky Horror Show and The Wizard of Oz in addition to more niche works of the stage, the company shows no signs of relinquishing its zest for elevating performing arts in the Red Stick. theatrebr.org RUNNERS UP

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra 24.8% Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre 15.3% Playmakers of Baton Rouge 13.7%

COLLIN RICHIE

Bayou Cirque 6.6%

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BOTOX & FILLER Botox, Dysport, Cosmetic Fillers, Weight Loss, B12 Shots, Skinny Shots, Chemical Peels and Skin Care.

NEW!

Botox $11/Unit Dysport & Xeomin $10/Unit

MEDICAL SPA

ASK US ABOUT BOTOX PARTIES AT THE SPA OR IN YOUR HOME! Care Credit and Cherry Financing Available / Allé and Aspire Accepted.

LOCATED INSIDE OF MERA SPA SUITES

Call, Text, Email, or Book Online • 225-384-0051 eva@bluewillowmedical.com • bluewillowmedical.com

OPEN SATURDAYS!

across from Blue Bayou.

18303 Old Perkins Rd. Suite Number 206 Baton Rouge, La, 70810


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CELEBRATING 40

YEARS OF

Prevention Education

E FIRST-TIM ! WINNER

THE I CARE PROGRAM provides prevention education to students in public, parochial, and private schools in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence, crisis response and management. Equipping students for a healthy, safe, and drug-free future.

An alcohol, drug abuse and violence prevention program

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Cupcake Junkie

Let us be a part of your special day! BAKED FRESH DAILY |

@CupcakeJunkieBR

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We create wedding cakes and sweet treat tables for unforgettable experiences.


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Be Brave

B E S T T V N E W S P E R S O N A L I T Y

Kiran Chawla, ‘Unfiltered With Kiran’ 38.5%

Kiran Chawla has carved a lane for herself as one of Baton Rouge’s investigative newshounds. Known for her unflagging appetite for truth and accountability, Chawla has consistently delivered breaking news and developing stories on her show, Unfiltered With Kiran. Viewers can follow her reporting and videos on her website, YouTube channel and Facebook page. unfilteredwithkiran. com

with your life @ b u t i b ato n r o u g e

ANDI

SARAH

Owner

RUNNERS UP

Owner

Sylvia Weatherspoon, WBRZ 14.6% Jay Grymes, WAFB 10.1% Chris Nakamoto, WBRZ 8.4% Ashley Frugé, WBRZ 7.6% BEST R ADIO PERSONALIT Y

Murphy Sam and Jodi, 96.1 The River 23.4% With their friendly banter and playfully irreverent takes, Murphy Sam and Jodi’s radio show and podcast have earned spots on the favorites lists of many a listener for decades. Whether you laugh with them or at them, this team knows how to entertain. murphysamandjodi.com RUNNERS UP

Matt Moscona, After Further Review on 104.5 ESPN Radio 13.7% Austin James, 101.5 WYNK 11.5% Jay Ducote, The Jay Ducote Show on Talk 107.3 10.2% T-Bob Hebert, Off the Bench on 104.5 ESPN Radio 8.8%

MULTIPLE YOGA FORMATS • AERIAL YOGA HAMMOCKS MAT & REFORMER PILATES • BARRE • CARDIO DANCE HIIT • SOUND HEALING THERAPY AND MORE...

We are a community, meeting you wherever you are starting. You are ready! Classes are all levels. All shapes. All sizes. All abilities.

$99 first month unlimited classes.

B E S T R A D I O S TAT I O N

100.7 - The Tiger

12.61%

It’s no secret that Louisianians love a little CLOSE honky-tonk in their daily music rotation. With its vast catalog of country, RACE! swamp rock, zydeco and all other stylings of the Southern musical collection, 100.7 The Tiger is the one-stop shop for all of it. 1007thetiger.com RUNNERS UP

yoga. pilates. sweat. soul.

102.5 - WFMF 12.5% 92.7 - K-LOVE 12.4% 98.1 - Eagle 12.4% 96.1 - The River 10.4%

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BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Chelsea’s Live 16.1%

A true godsend after the dog days of the COVID pandemic, this reincarnation of a classic Baton Rouge venue has been a gift the city didn’t know it needed. Chelsea’s Live has already attracted visiting artists from around the country and even the globe since opening in early 2022, compiling a roster that grows every day. And with karaoke, ’80s, ’90s and even emo nights —plus other weekly events filling the schedule between concerts—Chelsea’s has thoroughly proven itself as a go-to music venue. chelseaslive.com

The Texas Club 14.7% Varsity Theatre 14.4% L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge 12.9% Beauvoir Park 12.6%

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B E S T I N S TA G R A M M E R

@GeauxBatonRouge

Knock Knock Children’s Museum 31.3% These days, it can be difficult to keep the little ones satisfied when it comes to fun outings, but the Knock Knock Children’s Museum somehow never fails to pull it off. To bring the kids here is to assuage all concerns that they’ll lament your poor taste for fun. knockknockmuseum.org

17.5%

This Instagram page is a gallery of tantalizing foodie pics and breathtaking images of Baton Rouge landmarks like the U.S.S. Kidd and the Old Governor’s Mansion. It’s a travel guide to visitors and a reminder to locals of the city’s CLOSE fun, strangeness and beauty. E!

RAC

RUNNERS UP

@WhereToGeaux225 16.9%

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BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo 16.9% Barn Hill Preserve 15.7%

@Baton_Rouge_Sucks_ Podcast 12.6% @EatBatonRouge 9.7%

LSU Rural Life Museum 10%

@FoodiesToForkWith 9.3%

Istrouma Eatery + Brewery at Sugar Farms 7.9%

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MARIO MOORE Responding to History

THE PERFECT CANDLE MAKING EXPERIENCE Girls Night Out, Bachelorette Party/Bridal Shower, Team Building, Date Night, Birthday, and any other special occasions! @mybougiebar

www.mybougiebar.com

BATON ROUGE 711 Jefferson Hwy Suite 1A 225-612-3191

The Bougie Bar-Baton Rouge

LAFAYETTE 209 Jefferson St. Suite A 337-347-5036

ON VIEW JULY 14–OCTOBER 23, 2022 IMAGE: Mario Moore, During and After the Battle, 2020. Oil on linen, Purchased with funds from the Reilly Initiative for Underrepresented Artists. This exhibition is funded by the generous donors to the Annual Exhibition Fund. Moore’s painting was acquired in 2020 with funds from the Winifred and Kevin Reilly Initiative for Underrepresented Artists. LSU MOA is supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and Metro Council. LSU MOA is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Celebrating 24 Years

THANK YOU FOR NOMINATING US THE BEST OF 225 Government St., Baton Rouge • Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge • Denham Springs • Hammond Covington • LaPlace • Mandeville • Ponchatoula • Amite • Houma • New Orleans • Lafayette

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Shopping & Services T E X T BY DA NA MUL L ER / / PH OTO S B Y SE AN GASSE R

Bekah Carr of Bayou Belle Boutique, winner of Best Women’s Boutique

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EGORY!

T NEW CA

BE S T PL ACE TO BU Y PL A NT S

Clegg’s Nursery 40.2%

Clegg’s Nursery has been in the “business of growing” since 1955. Now with four locations between Baton Rouge and Denham Springs, it offers a large selection of plants, fertilizers, outdoor decor and more. Plus, its staff can answer all your questions about keeping those tricky succulents alive. cleggsnursery.com RUNNERS UP

Louisiana Nursery 37.1% Baton Rouge Succulent Co. 7.8% Billy Heroman’s 5.4% Red Onion 4.3% BEST ANTIQUE SHOP

Circa 1857

26.8%

Browse more than 5,000 square feet of eclectic furnishings in Mid City. One day you might find an oak barrister’s bookcase, and the next you might spot the stained glass window of your dreams. circa1857br.com RUNNERS UP

The Royal Standard 18.2% The Pink Elephant Antiques 14.4% Rusty Rooster 12.7% Carlisle’s on Corbin 8.9% BEST SHOP FOR HOME DECOR

The Royal Standard

37.4%

The Royal Standard’s motto is “everything you never knew you needed.” Expect to find gifts, decor and more, all with a classic, playful touch. Along with English armoires find beach day goodies, on-trend jewelry and crawfishthemed tees. theroyalstandard.com RUNNERS UP

The Foyer 20.53% Circa 1857 13% Blue Door Market 9.3% Mid City Mercantile 6.3% BEST BOUTIQUE FITNESS STUDIO

Body Sculpt Barre

28.8%

Sculpt, tone and lift at this boutique barre studio. Classes provide a low-impact workout that helps to strengthen glutes, tone stomach muscles and improve posture, while shaking you to your core. Find it on Facebook Andrew Gainey of Clegg’s Nursery

RUNNERS UP

Regymen Fitness 18.9% Tread BR 13.2% Yoga Studio 90 9.3% Leela Yoga Lifestyle 6.5%

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Healthy Back-to-School Checklist Yearly Pediatrician Checkup Sports Physical Flu Vaccine

Drop Off Used Uniforms for Kids It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time to start thinking about heading back to the classroom! Along with a new backpack, lunchbox and fresh supplies, your child’s health should be at the top of your back-to-school to-do list. With 18 clinics and nearly 60 providers across Greater Baton Rouge, our team is ready to see you! It’s easy peasy to connect with an exceptional pediatrician who offers same-day, extended hours and weekend appointments. As you clean out your closets of outgrown uniforms, we’ve made it easy to share them with kids in need. Bring them to your visit at one of our clinics collecting Uniforms for Kids, a collaboration with WAFB and St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge. Find drop-off locations and schedule your visit online at ololchildrens.org/backtoschool.

(225) 374-HEAL | ololchildrens.org


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CUSTOMIZE your

BEST LOOK CUSTOM SUITS & SPORTS COATS

B E S T M A R K E T F O R M E AT

Iverstine Farms Butcher

23.9%

Iverstine Farms Butcher curates nose to tail locally raised, pastured meats including specialty sausage, boudin, jerky, pork, beef and more. It even has a selection of craft beer and wine for all your charcuterie board pairings. iverstinefarms.com RUNNERS UP

Maxwell’s Market 15.17% Chris’s Specialty Foods 10.92% Rouses Markets 10.51% Oak Point Fresh Market 9.43%

BEST MARKET FOR SEAFOOD

Tony's Seafood 69.49% This is not your average seafood market. Tony’s is a longstanding staple in Baton Rouge, specializing in fresh Gulf seafood, plate lunches and seasonal boiled crawfish, shrimp and crab. tonyseafood.com

Custom suits and off the rack suits available

RUNNERS UP

Heads & Tails Seafood 7% Randy Montalbano’s Seafood & Catering 5.4% Maxwell’s Market 5.1% Tramonte’s Meat & Seafood Market 4.8% BEST GROCERY STORE

Rouses Market 25.6% This regional brand focuses on Louisiana meats and seafood. With a large cheese selection and a wide variety of spirits, it is an easy one-stop shop. rouses.com RUNNERS UP

Oak Point Fresh Market 18.4% Calandro’s Supermarket 14.3% Calvin’s Bocage Market 12.3%

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Alexander’s Highland Market 11%


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WHERE FAMILY AND FRIENDS GET TOGETHER FOR THE

ULTIMATE FUN EXPERIENCE!

Ben Blair of Iverstine Farms Butcher

Come visit the 2nd oldest continuously operating track in the U.S. BEST HOTEL

WATERMARK Baton Rouge 34% With views of the Mighty Mississippi and only a few steps from the State Capitol and downtown restaurants, this hotel’s central location makes it the perfect staycation spot. It’s packed with local history, too. Over a century ago, it housed the Louisiana Trust & Savings Bank and has been transformed in an art-deco style that nods to its past. watermarkbr.com RUNNERS UP

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge 15.7% Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel 13.4% Houmas House Estate and Gardens 11.3% Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center 9.9% BE S T PL ACE FOR A WE DDING CE RE MON Y

Houmas House and Gardens 23.9% Southern romance is alive on the grounds at Houmas House and Gardens. From ballrooms to grounds full of large oak trees, the venue can accommodate intimate gatherings or large events. houmashouse.com RUNNERS UP

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol 17.2%

For all our events throughout the year, visit statecapitolraceway.com or scan the QR code 11436 Highway 190 W, Port Allen, LA

225.627.4574 | Join us on

White Oak Estate and Gardens 15.7% Burden Museum & Gardens 10.6% The Lake House Reception Center 8.9%

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TEGORY NEW CA B E S T C A R WA S H

Benny’s Car Wash & Oil Change 51.8%

Car owners in Baton Rouge have been getting their vehicles washed at Benny’s since 1951. And while the business has a longstanding history, it also offers the latest automatic car wash technology. Services include detailing, oil changes and state inspections—and, of course, there are fueling stations and drive-thru car washes at the more than nine locations around town. bennyscarwash.com RUNNERS UP

Geaux Clean Car Wash 23.4% Ollie’s Car Wash 8.3% H2O Auto Spa 4.1%

Corey Christophe of Benny’s Car Wash & Oil Change

Mel’s Car Wash 3.3%

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Look and feel your very best! Schedule your appointment at our new location today! 8777 BLUEBONNET BOULEVARD, SUITE A 225.432.0000 BOURGEOISFREELPLASTICSURGERY.COM Bourgeois Freel Plastic Surgery @bfplasticsurgery @freelplasticsurgery @drjennabourgeois

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BEST MECHANIC

BEST URGENT CARE CENTER

Chabill's Tire & Auto Service 26.9%

Lake After Hours

Chabill’s has spent more than 50 years offering tire and automotive repair services in south Louisiana. And it offers more than just tires—you can get an oil change or routine maintenance here, too. chabillstire.com

27.6%

Cold, sprained ankle or COVID test? The Lake After Hours promises to have you feeling better fast. The after-hours clinic will treat your minor injury and illness, and you can find its services at nearly 20 different locations around the Capital City. lakeurgentcare.com RUNNERS UP

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Gordon & Sandifer Auto Service 16.1% Ragusa’s Automotive 15.4% Tri-Care Automotive 12.7% Keith’s Automotive Repair 9.3%

Patient Plus Urgent Care Clinic 20.6% The Baton Rouge Clinic 17.9% Ochsner Urgent Care 9.1% STAT Care Clinic 8.6%

BE S T PL ACE FOR PET SE RV ICE S

Royal Treatment: Pet Manor & Grooming Spa 22.1% Have your pets looking their best without the stress! Whether your furry friend is in need of a simple spa day, a spot to relax while you’re out of town, or a place to burn some energy while you’re at work, Royal Treatment can fit the bill. theroyaltreatmentbr.com

CLOSE

RUNNERS UP

RACE!

Smooch My Pooch 21.7% Highland Road Animal Hospital 15.4% Velvet Touch Pet Spa 13.1% Posh Pet Palace, LLC 9.3%

Downtown

thegregorybr.com

Southtown

LUNCH IS BACK

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B E S T W O M E N ’S BOUTIQUE

Bayou Belle Boutique 31.3%

Bayou Belle Boutique will take your “lewk” from drab to fab in minutes. Find everything from clothing to makeup. The Denham Springs boutique is known to offer plenty of purple and gold in the fall, perfect for cheering on those Tigers. Find it on Facebook RUNNERS UP

JM Boutique 9.6% Wanderlust By Abby 9.1% Head Over Heels 8.4% Frock Candy 7.6%

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LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD SUSHI AND HIBACHI RESTAURANT WITH A

casual & comfortable ATMOSPHERE!

Unlimited Sushi & Sashimi Lunch: $19/person • Dinner: $29/person • Made Fresh As You Order! 217 Airline Hwy, Gonzales, LA • 225-647-2266 • ajisushiandhibachi.com • Formerly Ichiban of Gonzales

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The Backpacker

City Pork Catering &Events 17.7%

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“Your hands are moving, your senses are activated. You’re not thinking about everything that you’ve done today. Your focus is right here.” —The Bougie Bar owner Rusty Phillips

STEP INTO THE Bougie Bar, and the first thing you’ll notice is the smell. The floral scents of seasonal summer fragrances merge into a sweet, fresh aroma. It’s all thanks to the shelves lined with candle containers and more than 100 different fragrances that guests can choose from to make their own candles. The brainchild of owners and couple Rusty and Jamie Phillips, the shop opened in Mid City this spring. The entrepreneurial duo got their start in the world of fragrances through their candle company, Bourbon Royalty, which they founded in 2013. This experience, as well as Jamie’s ongoing desire to open a gift shop, inspired them to launch the first location of The Bougie Bar in Lafayette in 2019, where the team has hosted private candle-making events for every occasion, from bachelorette parties to office celebrations. As customers started driving long distances to the Lafayette location, the owners knew it was time to bring The Bougie Bar to Baton Rouge. “You name it, we have pretty much seen it,” Rusty says. “We’re not just a class where you come in and you rush

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through a process to make the candle and you’re out the door. You get to have an experience, which is important to us.” Here’s how it works. Once the guest chooses two to three fragrances for their candle—the most popular being a masculine base combined with a fresh or sweet scent—the candle wax is heated and prepared by an employee at the bar area. Candle-making isn’t the only thing on tap at The Bougie Bar. The gift shop area is also filled with soaps, headbands and jewelry, as well as Bourbon Royalty products. The owners’ goal for the future is to make the gift shop full-service by adding more local products to the shelves. Rusty says guests typically most enjoy the team-building and customization aspects of the candlemaking process. “It allows people to come in a relaxed environment, where they get to be creative, relaxed and interact on a different level,” Rusty says. “Your hands are moving; your senses are activated. You’re not thinking about everything that you’ve done today. Your focus is right here.”

SHOP IT The Bougie Bar is at 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 1A. To book a private event, visit mybougiebar.com, or find it on Instagram at @mybougiebar.


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FROM WALKS DOWN New York runways to walks down the aisle, Baton Rouge native Oonarissa BrownBernard is walking her fashion brand throughout the country. She has designed men and women’s wear for various events, from weddings—including bridal dresses, tuxedos and flower girl dresses—to custom school cheer uniforms through her line OonaNicole. Her work has been featured in New York Fashion Week since 2018, and also highlighted in New Orleans and Dallas fashion weeks. She is currently preparing bridal wear for The Fashion Gallery’s New York Fashion Week show, presenting on the same stage as brands like Victoria’s Secret. Brown-Bernard earned two degrees from Southern University and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, based in California, in the early 2000s. But she didn’t start pursuing a career in the industry until 2011. Brown-Bernard decided it was time to put her degrees to use when she became a stay-athome mom to care for her second son, who was struggling with breathing complications. “That’s when I really started honing my craft and investing in my business: after I had to become a stay-athome mom to save my child,” Brown-Bernard says. When it comes to her designs, she follows an intricate process. Before anything, she consults the fashion forecast on current and rising trends. Brown-Bernard draws inspiration from her favorite designers, such as Valdrin Sahiti and Elie Saab, as she sketches out her vision board and decides her choice of fabrics, colors and patterns. From there, she orders fabrics and starts to bring her vision to life. Rather than adhere to a signature aesthetic, each of her designs offers something new. Her clothing sets are diverse, but they all have a style that is “high-end sophisticated, classy and sexy,” Brown-Bernard says. “(My clothing) has class,” she elaborates. “A little sophistication and a little old school with a little vintage look, but it has modern-day tweaks.” Currently, her brand OonaNicole is a two-person operation, with Brown-Bernard creating the clothing and her husband managing the business. Brown-Bernard is working to build her brand by presenting her work at other fashion weeks, like those in Paris and Milan, and being a force for other Black designers. High-end Black-owned fashion lines are rare in the industry, she says, because of a lack of funding and support. “It’s a rough journey, but those are my goals, and I hope to reach them.”Follow Brown-Bernard on Instagram @overandbeyongapparel, or find her work on Etsy.

“I really started honing my craft and investing in my business after I had to become a stay-athome mom to save my child.”

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Baby + Bump is at 1215 Independence Blvd., Building 5, in Zachary. For the latest on events, products and more, follow it on Instagram @babyandbumpbymg.

Baby + Bump opened in Zachary in February.

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A new Zachary boutique offers everything from baby and maternity clothing to memorable interactive experiences FOR NEW MOTHERS about to enter a stressful stage of life, Lacie Herndon hopes her baby-themed boutique provides tranquility. Baby + Bump opened in Zachary earlier this year, catering to mothers, mothers-to-be and babies. Inside, customers can browse racks of women’s basic tees and maternity leggings, and shelves full of books, toys and baby clothing up to size 3T. The warm wood floors, muted gray walls and lots of rattan fixtures are meant to calm customers as soon as they walk through the doors. “Personally, I feel overwhelmed if there are too many colors in a store or there’s too much to look at,” Herndon says. “I prefer neutrals, so I wanted to bring those natural tones into (my) stores. I feel like it allows the customer to enjoy their shopping experience more.”

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In addition to its curated selection of goods, the shop aims to provide interactive experiences for families, including hands-on DIY classes through AR Workshop and silhouette portrait sessions with photographer Madeline Mefford. “Baby + Bump is still really new, but we plan on doing a lot of events and activities this summer,” Herndon says. Back in 2015, Herndon opened Maison Greig, her first store in Zachary. The flagship shop features gifts, home décor, accent furniture and more. But as she began expanding her products to include baby and maternity items, she got an idea for a second storefront location. “I always knew I wanted to do more, and when the opportunity became available to have another space, we jumped on it,” Herndon says. “That’s when we decided to open Baby +

Bump by Maison Greig.” Herndon entered the retail world after transitioning out of the medical field. The former nurse missed her creative side. After years of moving from state to state supporting her husband’s military career, the couple returned to their hometown of Zachary and opened Maison Greig. “One day I just woke up and I was like, ‘I’m not doing this anymore,’” Herndon says. “I got a loan and went to the market and opened my first store, and spent the last seven years growing that.” The early days of the pandemic forced Herndon to open an online storefront for Maison Greig. She

Baby + Bump owner Lacie Herndon

only had one month to prepare the website before going live. “When 2020 hit, we had all of this free time, and it was kind of like we either open an online store or die,” she recalls. And while the brand’s brick-andmortar has of course since reopened, ShopMaisonGreig.com remains operational, too—and has even expanded to include items from Baby + Bump.


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The Iron Fork Kjun Eatery & Market BY B E N JA MIN LE G E R // P H OTOS B Y COLLIN R I C H I E

About 225’s food critic: Benjamin Leger previously served as managing editor for 225 and was the editor of its Taste section from 2012 to 2021, editing, writing and steering the direction of its food coverage in print and online. He is passionate about all things food and food journalism, and has written about the greater Baton Rouge area’s cuisine and culture for nearly two decades. Find The Iron Fork Kjun Eatery & Market on Facebook 7520 Perkins Road Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

FROM A BOOTH at a bank of windows in Iron Fork, you can see the cars rushing by at the intersection of Perkins Road and Essen Lane. But inside this Cajun eatery during a Thursday lunch hour, the vibe is surprisingly tranquil. Maybe it’s the natural light dappled from shade trees outside, or the warm tones of the unassuming interior, but you almost forget you’re in one of the busiest areas of town. You also might forget that this spot has struggled to house restaurants for years, cycling between one dining concept after another in the same location—including Calendar’s, Lasseigne’s American Grill and several ill-fated Italian, Mexican and seafood restaurants. But Iron Fork, which opened in October of last year, hopes to change that bad streak. Its menu of daily lunch specials and Southern favorites aims for crowd-pleasing, no-frills pleasures. Just after the lunch rush had passed, I decided to give this Beau de Chene Shopping Center eatery a try. I’m not usually one to go hard at lunch. A heavy meal then returning to the office till 5 p.m. does not appeal at all. But I gave in the minute I saw the “hot box” behind the order-up counter: plump, savory boudin egg rolls, sausage links and cracklins warming behind glass. The friendly woman at the counter even let me sample one of the restaurant’s special chicken cracklins while I waited. Imagine the crispiest ends of a fried chicken finger, and that’s what you’d get. When it comes to po-boys, Iron Fork has all the classics, like roast beef and fried fish. I ordered up my personal favorite, the fried shrimp po-boy, with

THE BASICS: This quickservice concept from coowners Tory Cummings and Hershall Bergeron opened in fall 2021, serving a lunch menu of burgers, po-boys and daily specials. It also offers a market area with fresh and smoked meats and prepared foods. The owners were also applying for a liquor license for a small bar area near the entrance at press time. WHAT’S A MUST: The shrimp po-boy is a straightforward take on the classic, with addictive shoestring fried onions on the side. There’s a set menu of lunch specials by the day, including the Chicken and the Sea on Thursdays, with juicy and well-seasoned fried chicken. We’ve heard good things about the Wednesday barbecue. And if you’re just interested in a Cajun-style snack, grab some boudin egg rolls or cracklins from the hot box.

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fried onion rings on the side—because why not? When it came out, I immediately got excited over the shoestring-style fried onion rings. A win from the start. They were crumbly and salty-sweet and a huge enough portion for more than one person. The po-boy bread was flaky on the outside with just enough chew and pull when biting in. The shrimp were crispy, big and well-seasoned. The chopped, deep-green lettuce and juicy red tomatoes were fresh, and the condiments and pickles were on the side as requested—I like to add just a little bit of mayo and hot sauce to mine. Not everyone gets the New Orleans classic right, but Iron Fork’s po-boy was a respectable take. And I had plenty left over to take home. But I wasn’t done. Known for its lunch specials, I knew I needed to take a stab at these for a true Iron Fork experience. The Thursday specials were either homemade lasagna or a dish called Chicken and the Sea. While I was willing to splurge on this particular day, lasagna seemed like a carb-loaded bridge too far. I opted for the latter, which featured a fried chicken breast covered in shrimp etouffee. The chicken was juicy, perfectly seasoned and with a fried exterior that held up to the smothering of shrimp

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The berry-topped Pontchartrain Salad provides a counterpoint to all the fried food, meat and seafood.

Diners can pick up Cajun-style boudin egg rolls or cracklins from the hot box at the front of the restaurant.


Tory Cummings and Hershall Bergeron opened The Iron Fork Kjun Eatery & Market in fall 2021 on Perkins Road.

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etouffee. The shrimp were of a respectable size, but despite visible bits of green onion and stewed tomato in the roux, the etouffee was surprisingly bland. I was also a bit confused by the side of dirty rice when there was already rice in the etouffee. It seemed like overkill and was also disappointingly bland. The special came with a soft, garlicky breadstick and classic stewed corn, but I would have preferred some kind of green to cut through all the heavy components. Sides aside, the fried chicken still hit the spot on flavor and texture. On the way out, I gave in and ordered from the hot box to-go: one boudin egg roll and a bag of smoked pork cracklins. Of course, I had to taste them in the car while they were still warm. The egg roll was crisp and filled with a satisfying boudin stuffing, and the cracklins were crunchy, spicy and indulgent. Minus a couple of misses on the special’s sides, I had no regrets for stopping in at Iron Fork. Well, one regret: That I hadn’t come on Wednesday to try its barbecue ribs and chicken special. I’ll have to visit again when I need to pause and indulge for a while at midday. Here’s hoping Iron Fork breaks the curse at this location. We all need a chance to dig into some of this Cajun goodness.

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RUNNING TWO POPULAR Baton Rouge restaurants doesn’t stop chef Russell Davis from taking time to cook dinner for his family. Three or four nights a week, you can find him peering into his home fridge or kitchen garden and concocting spontaneous meals for his wife, Sally, and their two teenagers, Charlotte and James. “On weeknights, it’s something really simple, like throwing (proteins and vegetables) on the grill, tossing them with a little olive oil and finishing with salt and pepper, and maybe mixing in pasta or some couscous or something like that,” says Davis, who credits an expanded support staff at his eateries for allowing him to spend more evenings at home. “On Sundays, when Eliza is closed and JED’s is open only for lunch, I like to do a slow braise or a beef stew, or red sauce.” 225batonrouge.com | [225] July 2022

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The Davises balance running Eliza Restaurant and JED’s Local with the long list of obligations that families with active kids know well. To combat the frenzy, they’ve put a lot of thought into their culinary home life. The do-it-yourselfers renovated the kitchen of their Old Goodwood house in 2021, the same home that Sally and her five siblings grew up in. The new space, outfitted with cool mint green walls, white quartz countertops and a white subway tile backsplash, features a large square island used for both prep and casual dining. It’s a peaceful refuge that leads to a back patio and kitchen garden overflowing with herbs, flowers and seasonal vegetables. “We grow enough herbs to supply the cocktail program at Eliza,” Sally says. At the moment, the Bocage restaurant’s bar uses fresh mint in its Eliza Greyhound, and basil and mint in its cucumber basil mojito. The garden’s vegetable patch includes cherry, roma and slicing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, eggplant and other heat-loving crops. The veggies are helped along by a new addition of flowers this year, deliberately planted to draw pollinators, Sally says. It’s common practice to send the kids to the garden in the evening to harvest what’s fresh, the couple says. Tomatoes

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From the soul In downtown Plaquemine, Deborah Dickerson cooks from the heart By Maggie Heyn Richardson // Photos by Ariana Allison

SHE WON THEM over with her chitterlings. Last year, Deborah Dickerson, a Plaquemine soul food restaurant owner and music lover, reached out to Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival founder bluesman Henry Turner Jr. to learn more about his efforts to preserve soul food culture. The two got to talking, and before Thomas knew it, Dickerson had offered to bring 150 pounds of chitterlings to the festival’s pre-party. “She overwhelmed us with her abilities,” Turner told 225 earlier this year. “Her food is off the chain.” This past May, Dickerson was named the festival’s 2022 Soul Food Pioneer for her contributions to regional soul food preservation. Dickerson is the owner and founder of D’s Southern Soul Café in historic downtown Plaquemine, a friendly, inviting spot on Railroad Avenue where the weekly menu meanders through a hit parade of belly-warming soul food classics. Regular customers are fully versed in the line-up. Mondays are known for red beans and fried pork chops. Tuesdays spotlight hamburger steak and liver and onions. Wednesdays feature shrimp and okra, white beans and smothered pork chops. Thursdays will make you earn your soul food stripes with chitterlings—braised and seasoned pig intestines, and tripe, the sinewy lining of the stomach. (If offal’s not your jam, ribs and turkey wings are also on the menu.) Fridays are all about fried fish and shrimp stew. Homemade hamburgers, footlong dogs, other entrees and side dishes are available, along with occasional peach cobbler. The restaurant is also open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

D’s Soul Food Cafe is in historic downtown Plaquemine.

“If I don’t have it,” says Dickerson of her daily specials, “I hear about it from my customers.” The eatery is bright and cheery, with counter service ordering and a mixture of comfy booths and tables. Dickerson’s love for music shines through the decor, with memorabilia, an antique piano and a vintage turntable scattered throughout the space. The front picture window looks out onto the quiet downtown and the railroad tracks that give the street its name. The restaurant was previously located nearby on Main Street. There, Dickerson started an after-school program she named the Gumbo Youth Project, and to support it, she wanted to sell food. But it required securing proper permitting, she says. Once that was in place, she figured why not open a café, especially when community

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D’s Soul Food Cafe’s Tuesday liver and onions with mashed potatoes and green beans.

members kept encouraging her to cook. “What you see on the menu, that’s what they told me they wanted,” Dickerson says. A native of Iberville Parish, Dickerson moved to New Orleans at age 10 after her mother remarried. Her cuisine, she says, blends the culinary traditions of her rural roots with the Creole foodways of the Crescent City. After high school, she joined the U.S. Army and spent the next couple decades serving on bases in Egypt, Israel, across Europe and in the United States. Now back home, she says preparing soul food is helping her overcome the PTSD she experienced from active duty, and is easing her transition to civilian life. At its core, soul food is about thrift, stemming from the manner by which enslaved people and their descendants cooked with discarded or inexpensive ingredients. Coaxing rich flavor from cast-off cuts is soul food’s signature, demonstrated in the style’s long, slow braises and rich gravies.

That heritage is on full display in a dish like chitterlings. Dickerson says she starts preparing the dish by painstakingly cleaning pig intestines, then braising them for about eight hours, adding aromatic vegetables and her own spice blend toward the end of the cooking process. The whole affair can take up to two days, she says. All that labor has made this lowly dish the most expensive item on the menu at $15 a plate. Dickerson calls it “Iberville Gold.” In the fall and winter, she also serves peppergrass, a wild green she says grows in sugar cane fields after the harvest. Dickerson says she was raised to spot it and bring it home to her mom, who would simmer it low and slow. Its flavor and texture is somewhere between kale and mustard greens, Dickerson says. “We grew up on it,” she says. “We ate off the land.” Keep up with D’s Southern Soul Cafe’s daily specials by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook page.


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WITH THE SUMMER harvest still upon us, I have continued experimenting with more of my favorite fruit and vegetables that are so plentiful this time of year: eggplant, zucchini and nectarines. I enjoy making dishes that enhance the fresh flavors of the fruits and vegetables while they are at their peak. It’s even better when the dishes are easy to create without having to spend excessive time in front of a hot stove or grill. All of these recipes happen to be meatless, but they are certainly hearty enough to be served as a main course. They also make wonderful sides for any Fourth of July cookout or your next potluck party.

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Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille Ratatouille is one of my favorite dishes to make year-round, but it is especially delicious in the summer when the eggplant, squash and zucchini are at their peak. This classic French provincial dish is bursting with summer flavors from the tomatoes, zucchini, squash, eggplant and onions. I like to roast the vegetables until they become golden around the edges and are just tender but still holding their shape. I then fold them into a quick homemade red sauce showcasing fresh Creole tomatoes. The result is a delicious, lighter version of the traditional recipes. Roasting the vegetables helps bring out their respective flavors. The fresh tomato sauce is light and bright and helps marry all the flavors. This is a wonderful side dish to complement any grilled meat or seafood, and can be served warm or at room temperature. Servings: 6 4 large ripe Creole tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil* ¼ teaspoon crushed red peppers 3 cloves minced garlic ¾ teaspoon kosher salt* 2 medium eggplants ½ teaspoon dried herbes de Provence, divided 2 large zucchini 2 large yellow squash 1 small red onion *Used more than once

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Use

a serrated knife to cut a small slit across the bottom of the tomatoes. This will help release the tomato skin, making it easier to peel.

2. Once the water is boiling, carefully

drop in the tomatoes. Blanch for 30 to 40 seconds, or just until the skin begins to peel from the flesh.

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3. Drain the tomatoes and cool under

cold running water. Carefully peel the skin from the tomatoes.

4. On a cutting board, slice the tomatoes in half. Use a small spoon to scoop and discard the seeds. Chop the tomatoes and set them aside. 5. Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in

a large sauté pan. Add in the crushed red pepper flakes and minced garlic. Sauté for 10 to 15 seconds, or just until the garlic becomes fragrant.

6. Add the fresh chopped tomatoes and

¼ teaspoon of the kosher salt. Allow the sauce to come to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. (This sauce can also be tossed into your favorite pasta).

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7. While the sauce simmers, heat the

oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with nonstick foil.

8. Cut the eggplant into chunks. In a mixing bowl, toss the eggplant with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, ¼ teaspoon of the kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon of herbes de Provence. Place the eggplant in a single layer onto one of the lined baking sheets. 9. Cut the zucchini, squash and red onion

into chunks. Place in the mixing bowl. Toss them with the remaining olive oil, salt and herbes de Provence. Place them in a single layer on the second baking sheet.

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Nectarine and Pickled Red Onion Salad with Feta and Baby Greens

When the temperature hangs out in the mid ’90s, I’m not exactly in the mood for heavy, rich meals. On days like those, I crave foods that are cool, crisp and have a ton of fresh flavors. This nectarine and pickled red onion salad delivers on all scores. The pickled red onion is a secret ingredients I like to keep on hand to jazz up any salad or sandwich. I used red onions here, but sweet yellow onions will work just as well. This recipe is easy to make and will last in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. If available, I like to use both yellow and white nectarines in this salad. The white nectarines tend to be a little sweeter and not as tart as the yellow ones, and the blend of both makes for a nice contrast. This salad is equally delicious with peaches. My cheese of choice in this salad is feta, as its saltiness helps keep the salad savory and blends well with the tangy bite of the pickled onions. But you can make a range of cheeses work. This salad will complement any summer meal, or you can toss in grilled shrimp or chicken and serve it as a main course.

into an airtight jar or container. Pour the warm vinegar mixture over the onions and allow it all to come to room temperature.

4. Close the container and chill the onions for at least 1 hour or overnight. The pickled onions will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. For the salad dressing: ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons honey ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper ½ cup grapeseed or light-flavored vegetable oil

1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together. 2. Set aside until you are ready to toss the salad. For the salad: 5 to 6 ounces baby greens 4 ripe but still firm nectarines ½ cup sliced pickled red onions 4 ounces crumbled feta 1 ⁄3 cup toasted nuts (walnuts, pecans, pine nuts or almonds)

Servings: 6 For the pickled red onions: 1 cup red wine vinegar 1 cup water 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons honey 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt 1 large red onion

1. Place the baby greens into a large salad bowl. Slice

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, sugar, honey and salt. Stir. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat. 3. Slice the red onion into thin slices and place them

the nectarines and place them on top of the salad greens.

2. Add the pickled onions, feta and nuts. Drizzle in

the dressing a little at a time and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Store the remaining dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Ricotta-Stuffed Eggplant Roulades

Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. But it can get a little heavy once the eggplant is breaded and fried. I also find that frying the eggplant can mask the delicate flavor of the eggplant itself. This recipe of ricotta-stuffed eggplant roulades is very reminiscent of an eggplant Parmesan, but it allows the eggplant to shine through without all that extra breading. To start, I lightly roast thin slices of eggplant and fill them with a mixture of ricotta and Parmesan. Then I roll them into little roulades. I place the eggplant roulades in casserole dishes with my favorite prepared marinara sauce and top with grated mozzarella before baking.

a single layer. Sprinkle the eggplant slices with a little table salt. Let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes, allowing the eggplant to release some of its liquid.

Servings: 6

Parmesan with the remaining kosher salt, black pepper, minced garlic and dried herbs. Mix well.

3 medium eggplants ¼ teaspoon table salt 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil ¾ teaspoon kosher salt* 8 ounces ricotta 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 cloves minced garlic ¼ teaspoon dried Italian herbs 1 32-ounce jar of marinara sauce 4 cups grated mozzarella *Used more than once

1. Trim the top and bottom off of the

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2. Line a large cutting board with paper

3. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking pans with nonstick foil. 4. Rinse the eggplant and pat it dry. Place

the slices in a single layer on the lined baking sheets. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Place the eggplant in the heated oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or just until the eggplant becomes tender. Remove it from the oven and cool. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.

5. In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta and

6. Coat the bottom of two 9x13 casserole

dishes with a little of the marinara sauce. Take one roasted eggplant slice and place it onto a cutting board. Use a teaspoon to place a dollop of the ricotta mixture in the middle of the slice. Fold one side of the eggplant over to cover the ricotta, and then roll it all the way over to create the roulade.

7. Place the filled eggplant roulade into the

casserole dish. Continue these steps with the remaining eggplant slices, placing the roulades in a single layer side-by-side in the casserole dishes. Cover the roulades with the remaining marinara sauce and top with the grated mozzarella.

8. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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NOWADAYS, IMPACTFUL art exhibitions can happen anywhere. Artists are going outside of fine art galleries and showing their work in coffee shops, restaurants, spas, local businesses and public spaces. It’s a movement that’s making art accessible for consumers and creators, and local art collective Ellemnop.Art is all for it. The group highlights emerging and established Baton Rouge artists through virtual and in-person exhibitions, online marketing, popups and art curation services for businesses and homes. “We want to take art out of the traditional means,” says Ellemnop. Art co-owner Keidrick ‘Sensei’ Alford. “We want to meet people where they’re at and then convert that to a space where people can enjoy art.” Alford and Elle Mouton started Ellemnop.Art in 2019, right before the pandemic. The two longtime friends and LSU alumni wanted to create a digital platform for up-and-coming artists to share and sell their work. So they created a website spotlighting artists, where artists can have virtual exhibitions and sell artwork and art enthusiasts can browse upcoming Ellemnop.Art events. Both Mouton and Alford have always been art lovers. Outside of being a system administrator for a supply chain enterprise, Mouton is a photographer and digital artist. Shortly after launching, Alford and Mouton were invited to be curators at the Healthcare Gallery and Wellness Spa, where they were able to bring their virtual ideas for Ellemnop.Art into the physical world. The collective’s most recent exhibition, Astronomical Twilight, was displayed at Healthcare Gallery from March to June. It featured handmade paintings and sculptures by local artist Clint English. He is the creator behind Domestic Artifact, a collection inspired by natural

minerals. English’s abstract artwork is dark, minimal, textured and moody. His work resembles and incorporates natural elements like rocks, concrete, stone, sand and cement rubble. “There’s a time every day called ‘astronomical twilight.’ That is the darkest point of daytime,” Alford says. “For us, it means the darkest time in your life could represent a new beginning.” The group has held pop-up events and exhibitions at The Radio Bar, Local Pop-Up Market and The Stitches Group Headquarters. There are also more than five virtual exhibitions by local artists on view in a digital gallery, where visitors have the opportunity to purchase work or donate to the artist. But Ellemnop.Art goes further than simply curating art exhibitions. It works closely with emerging artists, connecting them with buyers, galleries and exhibition opportunities and helping them source the necessary tools to be professional artists. Alford and Mouton have worked with local creatives including Nathaniel Landry, Kimberly Meadowlark, Cierra English, Courtney Miley, Fred Parker, Erick Fields and Travis ‘ArtSoulLife’ Pickett. As it continues to reach more artists and build its community, Ellemnop. Art wants to establish collaborations between local artists and businesses, share meaningful public art—and eventually have its own space where creatives can work in studios and host exhibitions. ellemnop.art

The collective’s most recent exhibition, Astronomical Twilight, was on display at Healthcare Gallery through June. It featured handmade paintings and sculptures by local artist Clint English.

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Summer movie season

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New releases to check out this month

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Thor: Love and Thunder

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The gist: Following Thor in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, Taika Waititi’s sophomore effort at the God of Thunder brings Thor’s arc of self-discovery full circle. Rolling with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor attempts to grapple with what it means to be a god and find inner peace in a world where he is without his family. But the past catches up to him when Jane Foster, his ex-girlfriend, mysteriously returns wielding Mjolnir as the Mighty Thor. The two Thors must face a new foe together, Gorr the God Butcher, from eliminating all gods.

The gist: This adaptation of the 2018 novel was filmed nearby in Houma. It follows a young girl in the 1950s who is abandoned and must survive on her own in the marsh. She falls for a friend after he teaches her to write, but he, too, leaves her when he departs for college. Eventually, she falls for another man, but not long after is framed for his murder.

The gist: A cat and mouse game, this film follows the CIA’s most skilled mercenary as he is hunted by a former colleague after he discovers dark secrets. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo of Avengers: Endgame fame, this action thriller holds the title of the most expensive film produced by Netflix, with a July 22 streaming release to follow a limited release in theaters.

The stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer Jr., David Strathairn, Jayson Warner Smith, Garret Dillahunt, Ahna O’Reilly, Eric Ladin Watch for: This tragic tale is bound to leave not a single eye dry in the theater. Produced by Reese Witherspoon, it is also a passion project for the actor-turnedproducer, who showcased the book on her book club.

The stars: Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Bob Thornton, Dhanush, Alfre Woodard, Regé-Jean Page

The stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Tessa Thompson, Chris Pratt, Jamie Alexander, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Jeff Goldblum

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Watch for: Similar to the military thriller Joe Russo wrote, Extraction, The Gray Man is set to be a violent, action-packed spectacle that is a far cry from the more friendly fare the duo is used to directing.

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JULY 29 DC’s League of Super-Pets The gist: Telling the story of Krypto the SuperDog, Superman’s best friend with his same powers, this animated film flips the script and makes man’s best friend the hero. After the Justice League is kidnapped, Krypto assembles an unlikely team of animals with new powers, including Ace the Bat-Hound, to save the Justice League and the world. The stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, Marc Maron, Ben Schwartz, Thomas Middleditch, Jameela Jamil

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Vengeance The gist: In the directorial debut of B. J. Novak, best known as Ryan on The Office, follow a New York radio host as he travels to the South to investigate the murder of his girlfriend.

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Flipping the script An exhibit featuring diverse interpretations of historic paintings provokes viewers to rethink assumptions By Maggie Heyn Richardson

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The exhibit’s depiction of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring”

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FAMILIAR PAINTINGS FROM throughout the history of art are reimagined in a wildly creative format in the exhibit, In Empathy We Trust. Sixteen iconic works viewers will recognize are recreated photographically with new subjects of different genders and ethnicities. The exhibit is open through October at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. The playful—yet moving—pieces are part of an ongoing series by E2, the artist duo of Elizabeth Kleinveld and EPaul Julien, and are meant to prompt viewers to think twice about preconceived notions as they view art and go about their daily lives. “It’s about reimagining history and changing expectations,” says LASM Interim Assistant Curator Beth Welch. “For the most part in historical paintings, you’d see females and males as usually white and depicted in

traditional roles, and this changes that dynamic.” Viewers will recognize new interpretations of Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring,” Whistler’s “Mother” (“Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1”), Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” and one of Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits. The setting of each piece is recreated with striking similarity, with fresh takes on subjects. Kleinveld, an artist and photographer from New Orleans now based in Amsterdam, and Julien, a New Orleans fine art photographer and mixed media artist, began work on the series in 2010. The two met while working on the traveling exhibit and book project, Before (During) After: Louisiana Photographers Respond to Hurricane Katrina. Sparked by their shared interest in social equity, Kleinveld and Julien created In Empathy We Trust,

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an ongoing series that has traveled to multiple galleries nationwide. In a retelling of Marcus Gheeraerts’ “Portrait of Elizabeth I” (known as “The Ditchley Portrait”), the virgin queen is replaced with a Black woman. In “Washington Crosses the Delaware,” the all-male occupants on board General George Washington’s boat are replaced exclusively by women. And Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” is reimagined with a male subject. Each labor-intensive work takes about six months to create, Welch says. The artists begin by building a physical set that mimics the setting of the original painting. E2 collaborated with the Dutch National Theatre, which provided many of the costumes, wigs and props worn by the modern subjects. They then stage the live subjects precisely, and shoot the photograph. The lighting, color and shadows are perfectly engineered to mimic the original painting. It’s worth taking time to study each piece to understand the artists’ intentions, Welch says. In a modern depiction of Gheeraerts’ “Portrait of Elizabeth I,” a Black woman is dressed just like the queen. She wears an ornate white gown bedecked in Tudor roses, pearls and an Elizabethan ruff

The exhibit’s depiction of Marcus Gheeraerts’ “Portrait of Elizabeth I” and Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware”

framing her face. But one element is missing—the crown, a symbol of imperialism. Its absence, along with the inclusion of a woman of color, asks the viewer to perhaps reimagine the British Empire and colonial structures of power. Welch says response from patrons has been strong. Referencing

familiar original works helps the exhibit feel accessible, and E2’s fresh twists are thought-provoking conversation starters. Viewers can read more details about E2, as well as the original paintings, through QR codes—one more way the exhibit brings the artwork into the future.

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JULY 17 Comedy legend Tom Segura brings the laughs to L’Auberge Casino and Hotel. When the actor, comedian and writer is not writing for UB L’A ES Y late-night talk shows or COURT recording funny podcast episodes, he tours this hilarious standup show. lbatonrouge.com

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JULY 17 Support one of Baton Rouge’s oldest performing arts groups with Theatre Baton Rouge’s 2022 Gala at the Old Governor’s Mansion. At this Issue August Ad proof #2 year’s Date: event, Theatre Baton Rouge • Please respond bywill e-mail or fax with your approval or minor revisions. performers sing and dance to

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JULY 24 Sing and dance along with wacky puppets when Baton Rouge native Clay Achee: The Puppet Guy comes to Baton Rouge Gallery for a Sundays @ 4 presentation. Learn all about music with Achee’s character Ziggy and his band, and see how the character has changed over the years. batonrougegallery.org

and Cold Grits. This foundation was started in honor of Baton Rouge native Jeff Nola, who died after a battle with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Now, the foundation puts on Nolapalooza to raise money and awareness and to keep Nola’s legacy alive. barefootpedalsfoundation.org

JULY 1 Don’t miss out on seeing Louisiana native Marc Broussard at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel this month. Rock with Broussard as he combines swamp rock and folk music. lbatonrouge.com

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JULY 15 Bring the family to see a Camp BREC production of Disney’s Descendents, Jr. at Independence Park Theatre. This musical is an adaptation of the popular Disney Channel Movie and will feature all the original characters. See what happens when the children of Disney’s most evil villains go to school with the children of Disney princesses and heroes. theparktheatre.com

JULY 1 Rapper Moneybagg Yo will perform at Raising Cane’s River Center for the Hustlers Bags & Go Gettas Festival. He’ll rap all his top hits like “Rocky Road,” “Run It Up” and more. He will be joined by other rappers and hip-hop artists such as Mulatto, Fredo Bang, Rob49 and Duzii. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

some of the best songs by Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Enjoy food from local chefs and restaurants. theatrebr.org

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JULY 1 Learn about the history of one of New Orleans’ most famous festivals with a documentary showing of “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story” at Manship Theatre. Since 1970, this festival has celebrated Louisiana food, music and culture, and has brought national acts to its stages. This documentary brings together past performances and interviews to celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of the festival. manshiptheatre.org

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JULY 17 Have you ever wished you could see a big band during the swing era of the 1930s? Now you can experience this old-time dance music with The Original Glenn Miller Orchestra at Raising Cane’s River Center Theatre. glennmillerorchestra.com

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JULY 7 Listen along to original music and songs as Louisiana songwriter Lynn Anselmo performs at La Divina Cafe. With over 50 years of experience, Anselmo is sure to entertain as you enjoy an Italian meal and scoops of sweet gelato. ladivinaitaliancafe.com JULY 16 Rock out with two bands for a good cause at Nolapalooza 11 at Chelsea’s Live. Benefiting The Barefoot Pedals Foundation, Nolapalooza 11 will feature bands Questionable at Best

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JULY 27 Jam with indie band STRFKR as they make a tour stop at Chelsea’s Live. Even if you’re not a diehard fan, you may still recognize some of STRFKR’s hits as they have been featured in various television shows, movies and even commercials over the years. The Undercover Dream Lovers open the show. chelseaslive.com

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Mike Weary’s

‘I Stole Time, Reminiscing On a Future I Will Have Forgotten’ “THIS PIECE IS grounded in a style I call ‘Dorian Gothic.’ I age and distort my subjects to serve as a metaphor for various amoral experiences. Also titled The Man in the Red Dress, it is a self portrait that examines hyper masculinity and how it affects individuals in the Black community. The red represents the aggression and violence stemmed from the need to exaggerate masculine beliefs. I depict myself as an older man, weathered by stoicism and decaying from machismo, finally able to be vulnerable.”

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MIKE WEARY is a self-taught artist specializing in oil painting on large wood panels. A Baton Rouge resident with roots in New Orleans, he describes his style as Southern-gothic-meetsBlack-expressionism, due to the dark emotion conveyed in his subjects. His work is inspired by the unique experiences people of color have in America. He is a resident artist at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Cary Saurage Community Art Center. His current focuses are original works, live events and custom commissioned pieces.

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NEED MORE COWBELL? Blue Öyster Cult celebrates its 50th anniversary with a rocking tour that has a stop at Raising Cane’s River Center. This concert will bring you through all decades past, starting with the ’70s. Sing along to the band’s iconic discography with songs like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You” and more. blueoystercult.com

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ALSO THIS MONTH ALL MONTH Start your weekends with a splash at Crowne Plaza’s Poolside Parties. Every Friday, enjoy live music and drink and food specials as you lounge by the pool. Hear live music from local acts like Terrell Griffin, Rhett Anthony Glindmeyer, Taylor Nauta, Bubba Plauche and more. crownebaton.com

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MOVIE SOUNDTRACK Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies and Music on the Lawn returns. At these summer events, you’ll watch a silent film while a band plays music to go along with the scenes. For the July event, The Lilli Lewis Project performs a soundtrack to the 1989 flick Sidewalk Stories. Bring the whole family for a movie night set to live music under the stars. batonrougegallery.org

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DINO-MYTE See a show of prehistoric friends at Jurassic Quest. Old dinosaurs have come back to life for two whole days of family fun at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Learn all about these creatures and interact with them up close, just like they never became extinct. jurassicquest.com

JULY 8 This year’s Red, Rock & Blue, a summertime concert that raises money for Louisiana military charities, takes the stage at Chelsea’s Live. Rock out with local bands and musicians like Chase Tyler, Chris LeBlanc, Petty Betty, Konnor James, ReGeneration and Trey Gallman while supporting a great cause. redrockandblue.com JULY 8-10 Come out to the Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show and Sale to see beautiful orchid flowers. The Baton Rouge Orchid society will be showing its best flowers and will have some to purchase for your own home as well. You can even bring your own orchids if you have questions, concerns or just need help caring for your plant. bros.wildapricot.org JULY 15 + 22 Get your little ones to help out in the kitchen with Kids Cooking Classes at Louisiana Culinary Institute this summer. Here, your kiddos will learn how to safely prepare some of their favorite meals with adult supervision. The two classes in July will teach children how to cook stuffed hamburgers, fried chicken fingers and more kid-friendly dishes to try at home. lci.edu

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JULY 4: Uncle Sam’s Jam, lafayettetravel.com JULY 9: ConFunkShun at Heymann Performing Arts Center, heymanncenter.com 28-30: Iberia Film Festival in New Iberia, iberiafilmfestival.com

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