Sunday, 26 June 2011

SFA Cajun Country Field Trip: Calcasieu

For the past few days, I joined the Southern Foodways Alliance crew for the Cajun Country Ramble...a culinary field trip to Eunice, Louisiana. We started the 3-day event in New Orleans at Donald Link's restaurant, Calcasiue. After sipping on a few Pontchartrain cocktails and biting into a wonderful array of charcuterie, we sat down for a Cajun-inspired dinner. After feasting on yeast rolls, a waiter came over to our table to inform us that they were going to add another place setting. I scooted over to the left a bit, and they fixed the table. Soon enough, Chef Paul Pruhdomme sat down across the table from me. What a treat to have THE celebrity chef of Cajun cooking sharing a dining table with you. The meal was delicious: smothered greens, smothered pork, crawfish pie, fried boudin balls, catfish courtbouillon, shrimp and eggplant casserole, chicken andouille gumbo and pecan pie a la mode for dessert. After dinner, we headed back to hotel for some shut-eye before waking up at 6:45 the next morning!

Andouille Sausage:

Chicken Andouille Gumbo:

Shrimp and Eggplant Casserole:

Catfish Courtbouillon:

Pecan Pie a la Mode:

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