Louisianians of the Year

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Showcase your unique town, city, event and reach over 80,000 readers of Louisiana Life Magazine. Louisiana Life is a lifestyle magazine for those that love Louisiana. Each issue covers the people, food and locations from around the state. Louisiana Life…

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Showcase your Louisiana Food Products in the March/April 2023 issue of Louisiana Life Louisiana Life is a lifestyle magazine for those who love Louisiana. Louisiana Life is a statewide cultural magazine and reaches over 80,000 readers publishing for over 40…

Medieval Roots of the Cajun Carnival

Had it not been for a few men wanting to rescue a lost ritual seven decades ago, there would be no Cajun Mardi Gras to talk about today and only faded ancient memories. Carnival, especially as practiced in New Orleans…

MODel Home

At a Glance SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,080 ARCHITECT Original — Bill Calongne of Lawrence and Saunders, later renovation by previous owner — Cordula Roser Gray. INTERIOR DESIGN (OF RECENT RENOVATIONS) Betsey Hazard, House of Hazard Interiors. OUTSTANDING FEATURES Original walnut…

Main Streets

Monroe/West Monroe West Monroe native Becky Thompson always loved baking, so it was only natural that she earned her degree in hospitality management at Ole Miss, then the L’Art de la Pâtisserie at the French Pastry School in Chicago.…

Saving the Wetlands

Conservation Occupation: Campaign Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta - Hometown: Houma Simone Maloz Communicating effectively about the environment can be tricky. On the one hand, people need to know the severity of the situation and understand the urgent need…

Weaving a Connection

Art & Culture Occupation: Artist - Hometown: Terrebonne Parish Janie Verret Luster Art can convey an emotion, perhaps tell a story or simply respond to the beauty of nature. To Janie Verret Luster, teacher, healer, practitioner of tribal ways and…

Teaching Success

Education Occupation: Teacher - Hometown: New Orleans Brittany Bonnaffons Louisiana’s Teacher of the Year didn’t always see teaching as her career path. Hahnville High School math teacher Brittany Bonnaffons, 41, was working in corporate America when she started volunteering as…

Caring Relationships

Healthcare Occupation: Nurse Practitioner - Hometown: Baton Rouge Tanisha Smith When she was in college, Tanisha Smith, the winner of the 2022 Louisiana State Nurses Association’s Nightingale Award, wanted to be a doctor. But when she watched a friend giving…

Turning the Tables

Culinary Occupation: Restaurateur - Hometown: Shreveport Chapeaux Chapman Thirty years before Chapeaux Chapman was born, his grandfather, Willie “Brother” Chapman, went to work as a cook at Smith’s Cross Lake Inn in Shreveport. Opened in 1954 on a hilltop overlooking…

Shorter Routes, Bigger Krewes

Due to New Orleans’ smaller police force, another year of shortened parade routes continues until Rex rolls on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21). Diversity prevails, from the 1,600-member Krewe of Bacchus parading with 33 animated super-floats and 30 marching bands (Feb.…

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