Spotlights

A Louisiana Life: Let it Bee

When Sarah Shult needs to relax after a hectic week in retail, she often finds calm in the steady buzz of her beehives. “It’s where I find my peace,” Shult said. The 33-year-old Thibodaux resident and her wife, Rachel LeCompte,…

Best Hospitals

There is one major source that provides credible ongoing analysis of hospitals: Medicare, which, as the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older, as well as certain younger people with disabilities, often provides funding for many of the…

Staycationing in the Atchafalaya

Summer adventure awaits in one of Louisiana’s most impressive and diverse outdoor spaces Chalk it up to the impressive statistics, the 200 species of birds and incredible sports fishing and hunting. The massive Atchafalaya River Basin tops all U.S. wetlands,…

A Louisiana Life: Jukebox Hero

Jeff Richard opened The Fret Shack in Baton Rouge as a side venture, considering the instrument repair shop a productive way to occupy his free time. Thousands of renewed and enhanced instruments later, the 52-year-old Baton Rouge native marvels at…

Louisiana Made: Well Armed

Rounding the corner past a path of palms, ferns and lilies in the expanse of the greenhouse, Harper runs beaming, her arms waving wide like falcon wings. The young girl refuses to take off her new jacket; she pleads with…

Drastic Measures

The Louisiana coast is many things to many people. Home. A livelihood. Vacation. Beauty. A breath of fresh air. With over 7,000 miles of squiggly coastline — more than any other U.S. state besides Alaska and Florida — Louisiana waterways…

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…

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…

Your Louisiana Life

Bay de la Cheniere Kevin Rabalais, New Orleans There’s no denying that Louisiana is a beautiful state. From south Louisiana’s coast to up north with its towering pine trees, and the lakes, bayous, prairies and plains in between, it’s the…

Best Hunting in the State

Hunting is inextricably woven into the wild fabric of Louisiana’s heritage and culture. A harsh land when first settled, hunting was a necessity of subsistence as well as commerce. The wide diversity of habitat and abundance of game and birds…

Along the Way: Bovine Blues

My people aren’t hunters. We shoot and we eat, but we don’t shoot what we eat. It’s just not in our DNA, I suppose. At least it doesn’t appear to be part of the genetic makeup of the five generations…

Artfully Loaded

It’s no surprise that in a state that brands itself “Sportsman’s Paradise,” the art and craft of fine firearms is very much alive and well. Our neighbors include stockmakers, metalsmiths, engravers and restorers, several of whom are working at such…

Split Second

Three years ago, on July 4th, Mark Raymond Jr.’s life changed in an instant.  At 27 years old, he had been celebrating the holiday with friends on a boat all afternoon in Lake Pontchartrain and periodically cooling off in the…

Great Louisiana Chef: Cajun Learning Curve

A pot of gumbo was the first challenge Chef Alexis Cupich-Indest undertook in the kitchen after moving to Louisiana. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cupich-Indest attended the Texas Culinary Academy in Austin, fulfilling her childhood dreams of becoming a…

A Louisiana Life: Musical Inspiration

  Kyle Daigle remembers the first time he heard his music on the radio. “I was getting dressed to go to work and I just froze in my tracks,” the country music singer-songwriter says. “It’s a very cool experience to…

A Louisiana Life: Basin Keeper

The year was 1984, and a young Dean Wilson had just arrived in Louisiana. His ultimate goal was to move to the Amazon, but Wilson — who grew up in the mountains of Spain — knew he would need help…

Designing Life

Today, Lisa McDaniel owns a successful construction company and home design service, but it all started at a charity run. The Baton Rouge native was working in Memphis as an accountant, when she met her now husband, Beau McDaniel, at…

Now We're Cracklin'

Chef Cory Bourgeois, along with partner and self-described “boss lady” Hannah Ellaham, opened Graton Eatery in St. Martinville last June, an homage to the home-cooked breakfasts, lunches and belly-filling snacks that fuel south Louisiana. “I remember going to [my grandmothers’]…

At the Root

Omari Ho-Sang is working to abolish crime and poverty in Shreveport and beyond

Simply Elevated

Scott Gautreau focuses on elegant, home cooked classics at City Pork in Baton Rouge

Woman's Work

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

Beats on the Bayou

Steve and Cezanne Nails’ Dockside Studio in Maurice is a creative haven for recording artists

Serious Success

New Orleans Chef Kristen Essig of Coquette opens second restaurant and works for change in the industry