Note from the Editor

In the publishing business, the new year is often a time to revamp our publications by making additions and changes in the departments and features or rolling out a new design for the magazine. We’ve done just that with Acadiana Profile and we are thrilled to introduce you to our new look and a few new additions.

First, aside from the new design, we are offering up additional blurbs in each article, including tips, events, tidbits about the people we profile and other lagniappe to enhance each piece.  Next, you’ll notice “Lettres D’amour,” a new column on page 16. A different writer will pen each installment, which is a place to share why they love this special region of Acadiana. For the inaugural “Lettres D’amour,” food writer, author and Shreveport-native Stanley Dry tells us how he fell in love with Acadiana and moved to New Iberia after many years spent living in Chicago, Boston and New York.

Now is the time of year when most of us have probably abandoned our resolutions (especially given weeks of Carnival revelry). I’m not much for resolutions to begin with, truth be told, but goals are right up my alley. We already checked the goal of redesigning and tweaking the magazine off of our to-do list and we hope you like it. Another one of my goals is to eat a lot more oysters in 2018. As you can see from the photo accompanying my note, I’m not averse to traveling to far-flung locales to get a fix. This is from a trip last spring to San Francisco. We took a side jaunt to Hog Island Oyster Co., where we shucked and consumed oysters that were literally pulled out of the bay a couple of hours prior to our arrival. Thankfully, there are plenty of oysters indigenous to the Gulf Coast region, so I don’t actually have to travel to get a fix. Marcelle Bienvenu’s oyster and artichoke soup in “De La Cuisine” on page 38 is just one of dozens of ways to prepare and serve this tasty and nutritious bivalve.

Speaking of food-related goals, if you are trying to consume healthier fare in 2018, check out Stanley Dry’s light, one-pot meals on page 42. The recipes are packed with nutrition and flavor.

What are you hoping to achieve in 2018? Email me to discuss that or the new look and offerings, so you can help me reach my other goal: hearing more from our readers. Cheers!


Melanie Warner Spencer, Managing Editor
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Edtior’s picks


handy and handmade
You’ve likely seen potter Rex Alexander selling his work outside Stellar Beans in Lake Charles at the SWLArt Friday Night Art Broad Street Market. Or perhaps you spied his mugs, bowls and other wares inside the coffee shop. Alexander’s ceramic oyster shells (available by special order) will take the presentation for your next batch of chargrilled oysters to the next level. Check out Alexander’s work and find out about upcoming events at   


artful yoga
On the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum hosts Yoga in the Galleries. The classes are now sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and are free to the public. Class size is limited to the first 20 participants, so get there early and bring your own mat.