Author: Lisa LeBlanc-Berry

Pelican Briefs: Drago’s Sizzling Sixth

In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Drago’s owner Tommy Cvitanovich (pioneer of the charbroiled oyster) and his team served over 5,000 plates of free shrimp pasta in L’Auberge Casino Resort’s parking lot, consequently…

Pelican Briefs: Getting Hooked

Eleven-year-old Heath Hernandez couldn’t go fishing during the coronavirus lockdown, so he began watching YouTube videos about fishing lures. While experimenting with making baits, the Youngsville fifth grader perfected the art of making molds, adding items like glitter and ground…

Pelican Briefs: Saints Takeover

Beloved New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, (a graduate of Purdue University), is on board with his partners’ plans to expand the Baton Rouge-based Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux chain to myriad college campuses, including one at Purdue. Opening 25 more Walk-On’s…

Pelican Briefs: Ship It, Don't Shuck It

Good Eats chef-owner, Boyer Derise, has expanded his Baton Rouge and Lafayette-based prepared food delivery service locations with the all-new Bayou Carlin Oyster Co. The Delcambre native is now shipping grilled Gulf oysters (via dry ice) with four topping options:…

Learn It, Grow It

The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Farm to School Program has launched a new educational website, Seeds to Success. The project offers free educational resources on agriculture and nutrition and includes growing guides, lesson plans and info on careers in agriculture, food…

Interactive Artscape

It resembles a New Orleans courtyard, with indigenous plants for hair,” says multimedia artist Skye Erie, creator of the compelling “Garden of Legends” featuring seven statues of famous musicians in JAMNOLA’s luminous Finale Room. The quirky, 12-room interactive exhibition ranges…

Pelican Briefs: New Oenophile Alert

Total Wine & More, a wine superstore (with 205 locations in the U.S.), is slated to open soon in the former Stage retail space at 4407 Ambassador Caffery, featuring wines from every wine-producing region in the world, more than 2,500…

Pelican Briefs: Innovative Measures

LSU researchers and hospital leaders have recently created, obtained fast-track federal approval for and started running coronavirus tests at a newly minted River Road Testing Lab. The new lab testing capacities could give coronavirus test results to the most critical…

Pelican Briefs: Festival International de Louisiane

The 34th annual Festival International de Louisiane presents francophone music from 24 countries, including such headliners as Ayrad, a percussive Canadian group integrating gypsy funk with Moroccan gospel and desert rock. Lisa Stafford, the festival’s revered programming director of 20…

Great Louisiana Chef: Firing It Up

As twilight gives way to darkness, and spirits wander through the Myrtles’ wintry mist, the alluring aroma of burning logs, fat dripping onto coals and ribeye steaks charring over leaping flames puts guests in a smoky trance at Restaurant 1796.…

Pelican Briefs: Da Kings of Cakes

Chef Nathan Richard of DTB (dtbnola.com) was crowned the 2019 King of American Seafood for his luscious crawfish and goat cheese king cake with cream cheese pepper jelly and Cajun caviar. “I’m serving it at DTB with optional caviar during…

Pelican Briefs

MONROE, BATON ROUGE, NEW ORLEANS, SHREVEPORT, LAKE CHARLES Prancing and Pirouettes Now on a national tour that includes five Louisiana cities (Nov. 10-Dec. 30), the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (rated by the New York Times as a “hot ticket”)…

State of Louisiana: Pelican Briefs

NEW ORLEANS Let’s Go out to the Movies On October 16-23, the Oscar-qualifying 30th Annual New Orleans Film Festival brings screenings of more than 250 films, including new works such as “Burning Cane,” which recently won the top award, “Best…

State of Louisiana: Pelican Briefs

COVINGTON Purrrrfect for Cat Lovers The 5th annual Covington Cat Party, Cat Art and Film Festival (artforcatssake.org) is Aug. 29 in Covington featuring funny cat videos, cat agility and training, fabulous feline-themed art and jewelry, unique cat accessories and furniture,…

Along the Way: The Parade of Life

By the time you read this, Mardi Gras celebrations will be wrapping up all over the state, but one of the krewes I’m in will have just started its year’s worth of events. While I love watching parades, I used…

The Tree Funeral

Creative punishments and an outdoorsy childhood shape a young conservationist

Literary Legend

At 83, celebrated author Ernest J. Gaines reflects on his hopes and passions from his home in Oscar.

Docville Farm

A charming space in Violet serves as a multi-purpose event space and learning center.