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Les Personnes: A Collective Effort

In the spirit of complete transparency, Arnaudville artist and social sculptor George Marks feels it’s prudent to point out that this — a shining example of creative placemaking done right — wasn’t exactly what he had in mind back in…

Plus ça change: Power Couple

The story of individual contributions to the various French cultures of south Louisiana appears in numerous documentaries, articles and books, but rarely do we hear about the role of couples, which strikes me as odd given the importance of family.…

Top Lawyers

METHODOLOGY Each year, Acadiana Profile publishes its Top Lawyers list, along with the stories of compelling cases fought by three of the year’s qualifying lawyers. In determining the Top Lawyers of Acadiana we use Professional Research Services, a Detroit-based survey…

Trailblazers

Acadiana is a region steeped in history, culture and tradition and its people are known for their irrepressible and entrepreneurial spirit. It is with this idea in mind that we created the Acadiana Profile Trailblazers. Some of the honorees are…

L'art: Worth a Thousand Words

Worth a Thousand Words Lake Charles photographer Tim Fontenot focuses his lens on South Louisiana’s landscape of visual poetry by john r. kemp portrait by Romero & Romero As a 19th-century English poet once said, “Art is man’s nature; nature…

A Louisiana Life: Fighting for Others

Anthony Deshautelle is proud of his championship boxing belts, but he doesn’t keep them all. Instead, two of the prized belts shine from inside of a trophy case at the Alexandria Police Department headquarters, engraved with the names of fallen…

Great Louisiana Chef: Fifty Shades of Asia

With his rock star persona, tattoos marking culinary milestones, penetrating eyes and an easy laugh that obscures an indefatigable, serious work ethic, Chef Ryan André is at the top of his game at Soji Modern Asian in Baton Rouge. Opened…

Louisiana Made: Wear Y'at

Stacked three and four high and all around Blake Haney are brown boxes of just about everything: stickers, T-shirts, hats, socks — everything. Leaning back in his chair and turning his attention from his computer for what looks like the…

Top Doctor: Dr. Brad Forsyth

Starting a new family is one of the most important times in many people's lives. There is plenty of excitement and anticipation during the pregnancy, but there is also some fear and worry because so much is at stake. As…

Top Doctors: Dr. Jason Cormier

As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Jason Cormier is often placed into high-stakes situations. But the pressure and the challenge of his work is part of what drives him to be the best he can be. While the Lafayette-based Dr. Cormier has…

Top Doctors: Dr. Katherine Pearce

Dr. Katherine Pearce, an internist at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, has always had a fondness for science and problem solving. That problem-solving skill has served her well in almost 30 years of practicing medicine. The variety…

Recettes de cocktails: Pass a Rummin' Good Time

Feeling romantic? Then head to Youngsville around dusk, when acoustic guitarists begin amorous, tender tunes at POUR, the new hot spot in Sugar Mill Pond (situated along the March 2 Mardi Gras parade route). Arrive about an hour before nightfall,…

A la mode: Have a Ball

In fact, it’s the perfect excuse for an upgrade. Celebrate Mardi Gras and the kickoff to 2020s with Gatsby-approved glamour. Spring is the perfect time to shimmer and shine. 1. Black fur jacket from Little Town 2. French Connection metallic…

Pour la maison: Metal Harmony

Ask any designer for advice about creating a classic look, and chances are they’ll talk about mixing: old with new, highs with lows, bolds with neutrals. Just like your mawmaw’s gumbo, there’s not an exact recipe to follow. It’s all…

A Louisiana Life: Sports of All Sorts

When Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Jeff Hundley tells people what he does for a living, he often fields the following query: That’s a full-time job? It certainly is — and then some, Hundley says. As the newly tapped head of…

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.…

Louisianians of the Year

Each year, we comb the state in search of Louisianians doing great things at home and, potentially, around the country or even the world. We look for individuals who stand out in their professions, give back and represent what’s best…

Louisiana Made: So Fresh and So Clean

When bathing (thankfully) began trending again in the 19th century, the search was on for ways to produce affordable soap on a large enough scale to keep the working class disease-free, healthy and able to fill the factories and fields…

Les personnes: Man at the Mic

It’s 5:50 a.m. in mostly-still-sleeping Eunice, and though the ON-AIR studio light won’t flash red for another 10 minutes, the show — now in its 41st year — has already begun. Though beloved KBON radio DJ Hoss Childress is a…

Les artistes: Energy All Her Own

Familiar scenes of the industrial heartbeat of South Louisiana play out in unexpected colors and tones, as artist Hannah Smith Mason — whose life has always been tied to the energy sector — reimagines the instantly recognizable with each impressionist…

Recettes de cocktails: A Drink with Bite

Created by award-winning mixologist, Candace Cooper, co-owner of The Point Seafood and Steakhouse in Broussard, the alluring Frost Bite seduces with creamy notes of vanilla and white chocolate brightened with a hint of pineapple. It is so simple that anyone…

A la mode: At Your Leisure

BOOTS Go ahead, show up in boots. These vintage, knee-high leather Wranglers are never going out of style, at Rock + Paper + Scissors. Cool, Ranch You can embrace the latest Western fashion trends without going all the way down…

Pour la maison: Sur la table

It’s one of the first chores we’re taught as children. Dutifully filling ice water glasses or carefully creasing napkins is a rite of passage in many Southern households. Although our daily dining habits may not call for Downton Abbey-level servingware,…

A Louisiana Life: Fresh Pick

Ashley Locklear works for some of New Orleans’ most celebrated restaurants, but her work often carries her away from kitchens and dining rooms. She travels a circuit of farms in southern Louisiana and Mississippi, bumping through fields behind tractors, jotting…

Great Louisiana Chef: Playing With His Food

While Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant partner and chef Jeremy Conner isn’t originally from Louisiana, his deep southern roots (he was born in Opelika, Alabama) and passion for flavors are right at home in Lafayette. It is those qualities and…

Roadside Dining: Easy Does It

A gardener, I came a across Southern Gateway garden center a couple of years ago. A sign reading “90,000 square feet of greenhouses” caused me to slam on the brakes and make a sharp turn off of Belle Chase Highway…

Louisiana Made: Pitcher Perfect

If you’re speeding or texting you’ll probably miss it, but tucked away in a beige block of industrial-looking storehouses off a small side road in Hammond, stands what the Brewers Association has twice named one of the 50 fastest-growing craft…

Les personnes: That New Old Sound

Any lingering doubt on whether Zydeco frontman Wayne Singleton lives his lyrics — timeless verses about sweating through the daily toils of farm work and sweating even harder on the dance floor when the sun goes down and the stage…

A la mode: Black Beauty

Fall transition pieces that eschew predictable earth tones in favor of the deep, dark shade with a bit of an edge to it year round. The absence of color makes for high-contrast shapes cut with dazzling details. This balancing act…

Pour la maison: Welcome Home

Whether you’re looking to put your home on the market or want to step up your hosting game, focusing on the foyer can pay off, according to professional stagers and mother-daughter team Molly Kallenberger and Caitlin Gossen. “When you first…