Anthony Bourdain Gets Spicy
Mamou, Opelousas, Grand Coteau
Globe-trotting Anthony Bourdain’s one-hour Acadiana-themed “Parts Unknown “episode, Cajun Mardi Gras, airs June 17. The characteristically blasé, 6-foot 4-inch-tall Bourdain gets loose (and a foot taller) in a fringed calico costume topped by a pointy capuchon for the drunken chicken chase during Mamou’s Courir de Mardi Gras. The cameras follow Bourdain as he samples spicy boudin and cracklins at Billy’s in Opelousas and a Cajun lunch at Laura’s II in Lafayette. He visits Dave Lemelle and his Step-N-Strut trail ride and zydeco icon Big Sid “El Sido” Williams, then enjoys a home-cooked meal by Chef Toby Rodriguez (Lâche Pas Boucherie) in Grand Coteau. The episode is available On Demand after the CNN broadcast premiere on cable VOD, CNN mobile app and on CNNgo via Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung TV, Android TV and desktop at go.cnn.com (cnn.com/shows/Anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown).
Reinventing Blue Dog
Jacques and André Rodrigue, sons of the late artist, George Rodrigue, continue the process of financially restructuring Lafayette’s Blue Dog Café following their April announcement that the restaurant was filing for bankruptcy. The brothers are re-curating the artwork, installing different Rodrigue paintings and are striving for a “whole new atmosphere” with their new chef. Ryan Trahan (formerly of Dark Roux) offers a more modern perspective with seasonally-inspired, sustainable local ingredients. Jacques says that the restructuring will hopefully allow the brothers to move the restaurant toward profitability (bluedogcafe.com).
Getting That Degree
Morgan City will soon have a community college that will give residents the opportunity for paths toward a four-year bachelor’s degree. The Young Memorial Technical College campus will realign with South Louisiana Technical College, which has a main campus in Lafayette. The transition at Young’s primary campus is slated for completion July 1, allowing students to begin earning general education credits transferrable to four-year universities and to earn associate degrees in addition to tech degrees (scl.edu)
Congratulations to Barry Jean Ancelet for being named the Second French Poet Laureate for the State of Louisiana. He succeeds Zachary Richard.
3 Festivals for June
1. Cajun Heritage Festival
June 1-3 Larose
For 42 years, the Cajun Heritage Festival has brought Cajun culture and the art of woodcarving to Larose, Louisiana. The three-day festival consists of a wine and cheese social, duck calling contest and the festival’s annual woodcarving competition. Visitors can also participate in an auction and various raffles throughout the festival.
2. Louisiana Catfish Festival
June 22-24 Des Allemands
The catfish festival was founded in 1975 as a way to raise money for St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Des Allemands. The three-day festival includes carnival rides, concerts and lots of delicious catfish. In addition, the festival includes a pageant and the crowning of the Catfish Festival Queen.
3. Lebeau Zydeco Festival
June 30 Lebeau
Each year, the Zydeco Historical Preservation Society holds the Lebeau Zydeco Festival. The festival celebrates the music and its roots in the Creole community. Guests can enjoy local food and dancing with zydeco music kicking off at 2 p.m. and continuing until 11 p.m.