Wining & Dining
Local Chefs Take a Taste of Louisiana to The Big Apple
12/2/2017 3:33:21 PM
Local Chefs

Two of Lake Charles’ finest chefs, Chef Lyle Broussard from L’Auberge Casino Resort’s Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill® and Chef Justin East from Golden Nugget Lake Charles’ Vic & Anthony’s, were part of a team of 10 premier Louisiana chefs who went to New York City to prepare the state’s world-class cuisine for key influencers, encouraging media to write about the Louisiana culinary experience.

Public relations representatives from around the state partnered with Hoffman Media for the "Sights, Sounds & Tastes of Louisiana.” This private event allowed guests to experience a true Louisiana festival with live music and special menus featuring Louisiana seafood with a distinct flavor found only in the Bayou State.

"Our goal is to connect key influencers – writers, editors and producers – to our diverse heritage through our cuisine,” said Jill Kidder, Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) President and CEO. "In turn, the media’s influential stories will showcase our state as a culinary destination to the world. We also aim to connect with companies who book tours for both domestic and international groups, encouraging them to choose Louisiana as a frequent destination.”

This effort was part of the Louisiana Culinary Trails campaign, a long-standing joint venture of LTPA, the Office of Tourism, Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board and 17 convention and visitors bureaus from throughout the state, including the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tourism campaign is championed by Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

"In Louisiana, good food is just part of what connects us to our diverse heritage, and we want to bring this experience to the people of New York,” said Nungesser. "Just like here in Louisiana, people in New York have a passion for food. While we are cooking up a bit of Louisiana to the Big Apple, the best way to experience Louisiana seafood is to come down and enjoy it in its natural setting.”

"We are excited to showcase what chefs from destinations throughout Louisiana are doing,” said Kyle Edmiston, Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Office of Tourism. "From New Orleans Creole cooking to Bayou seafood, you cannot eat wrong in Louisiana. This event is a way to share our passion for distinct flavor and cuisine and bring a taste to people who will influence visitors to choose our state as their next destination. Come feed your soul in Louisiana!”

Chef Lyle Broussard from L’Auberge Casino Resort’s Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill®™ prepared Blackened Alligator Cakes with roasted corn salsa, highlighting our regional flavors. Chef Lyle is known for his Cajun and Creole flavors and his passion for Southwest Louisiana culture and cuisine. Chef Broussard‘s love of his local heritage carries over to the menu with authenticity, deep flavors, and a simplicity that allows the ingredients to do the talking.

Chef Justin East from Golden Nugget Lake Charles’ Vic and Anthony’s cooked a dish called Oyster and Crawfish Casino, also highlighting flavors of the region. Growing up near the Gulf, it was only natural for East to have a love for working with the freshest ingredients. He spent time working in the commercial fishing industry, procuring fish, shrimp, crabs and oysters directly from the source. After graduation, he began working in fine dining in Lake Charles and never looked back.
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