Author: Jyl Benson

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If all goes as planned, by 2020, the petrochemical and transportation infrastructure network will top $117 billion in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes. To put that sum into perspective consider this: That’s sum is about a third…

Healing Around A Table

I was born in 1968 when my sister, Beth, was 13. She was pretty and graceful, able to dance en pointe under the tutelage of Tony Bevinetto, the Broadway dance legend who retired to New Orleans to coax the inner…

Woman's Work

Female chefs are running the kitchens and changing culinary culture in a host of Louisiana’s top restaurants

Over and Under

Overpass Merchant in Baton Rouge offers something for everyone with its global menu

The Dish: Perfect Pairings

In January, Karla Kilgore, an internationally celebrated sommelier and New Orleans native, opened Barrel Wine Bar in Covington offering tastes, flights, by-the-glass and bottles of over 50 wines from all over the world. Small-plates include savory cheese and charcuterie boards,…

Hidden Treasure

Roberto’s Restaurant in Sunshine serves up innovative takes on Creole and Cajun cuisines in a circa-1950s general store

Born Again

Shreveport’s Cotton Boll Grill gets another lease on life

Cozy Cuisine

The Cabin in Burnside serves up lunch and brunch with a heavy side of atmosphere

Over the River

Detour away from New Orleans for an exploration of nearby historic Algiers Point


In search of the best from the shells

seasonal shift

Welcoming autumn with soothing soups, stews, gumbos and oysters at their peak

Fresh Pickings

Get organic, sustainable and humane offerings at Alexandria’s Inglewood Farm

Burger Kings

From standard to outrageous, Acadiana has a burger for every palate

Lighten Up

Fresh and bright flavors for the hottest days of summer

LA Guns

Pops & Rockets takes its sticky, sweet, ‘80s inspired treats on tour throughout Acadiana


Welcome  to Louisiana Life’s celebration of the culinarians who are making a mark on our unique state. The beauty of our culinary heritage and the people who are moving it forward while preserving and revealing the treasures of our past…