Stephen Naegle is one of nine Louisiana chefs bringing the state’s world-class cuisine to several of Austin’s favorite restaurants on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association and the Louisiana Office of Tourism have partnered with Texas Monthly to present the Louisiana-Lone Star Restaurant Night, an extraordinary culinary event that is bringing chefs from both states together to spice things up in the kitchen.
“In Louisiana, we have a great love for distinct flavors and delicious cuisine,” said Kyle Edmiston, assistant secretary, Louisiana Office of Tourism. “We know Texans share this passion for food and we’re excited to showcase what chefs from destinations all throughout Louisiana are doing.”
• Stephen Naegle, Spirits Food & Friends, Alexandria
Born and raised in Colombia, Naegle’s love for cooking led him to Mexico City and Florida before planting his roots in Alexandria and creating dishes that fuse his colorful culinary history with the familiar tastes that his area loves. Chef Kirk Doyle will host Chef Naegle at Cover 3-Downtown, located at 1717 W. 6th St. #210R in Austin.
Other participating chefs include:
• Ryan Andre, City Pork, Baton Rouge
Andre keeps it local in his hometown by using fresh Louisiana seafood and wild game including fish, oysters, shrimp, duck and rabbit. He incorporates the state’s rich European fare with a heavy dose of Asian influence to offer visitors a taste of the international flavors of Baton Rouge. Chef Carlos Ysaguiree will host Chef Andre at Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, located at 3235 E. Cesar Chavez St.
• Jeffrey Hansell, Oxlot 9, Covington
In an area well known for fresh produce and Louisiana seafood, Hansell brings upscale, gulf-inspired southern fare to quaint downtown Covington at the restored Southern Hotel. Chef Andrew Curren will host Chef Hansell at Arro, located at 601 W. Sixth St.
• John Martin, Tableau, New Orleans
With a restaurant in New Orleans’ picturesque Jackson Square, Martin offers diners classic French Creole dishes that are sophisticated, yet true to tradition, with great depth of flavor. Chef Janina O’Leary will host Chef Martin at LaV Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at 1501 E. 7th St.
• Justin Girouard, French Press, Lafayette
Located in the heart of Cajun country, Girouard puts his own distinctive spin on classic dishes – such as his Cajun Benedict, which uses French bread instead of English muffins, boudin instead of Canadian bacon and is topped with chicken and andouille gumbo instead of hollandaise. Chef Sonya Cote will host Chef Girouard at Hillside Farmacy, located at 1209 East 11th St.
• Brett Baldwin, Landry’s Seafood House at Golden Nugget, Lake Charles
Baldwin enjoys bringing his native-Louisiana roots to his cooking, including his favorite dish to prepare—blackened catfish served over a bed of dirty rice, topped with lemon butter, capers and crawfish, and accompanied by Creole green beans. Chef Nathan Lemley will host Chef Baldwin at Parkside, located at 301 E. 6th St.
• Lyle Broussard, Jack Daniel’s® Bar & Grill at L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles
Broussard is known for his Cajun and creole flavors and his passion for southwest Louisiana culture and cuisine. Chef Broussard‘s love of his local heritage carries over to the menu with authenticity, deep flavors and a simplicity that allows the ingredients to do the talking. Chef Neil Joiner and Chef Joseph Bixel will host Chef Broussard at Porter Ale House & Gastropub, located at 3715 S. 1st St., Suite A.
• Anthony Felan, Wine Country Bistro & Bottle Shop, Shreveport
Felan is an active leader in the farm-to-table movement and has focused on using local, seasonal ingredients in his menu. Chef Christopher Wilson will host Chef Felan at The Carillon, located at 1900 University Ave.
• Blake Phillips, Restaurant Sage, Monroe
A native of Monroe, Phillips actually attended culinary school in Austin, and then spent seven years cooking in some of the most famous kitchens in New Orleans. From globally inspired dishes to creative, southern cuisine, he now works passionately to please every palette at his Monroe restaurant. Chef James Roberts will host Chef Phillips at FIXE, located 500 West 5th St.
Many of the participating chefs will be featuring dishes that highlight Louisiana seafood, which has a prized, unique flavor that isn’t found anywhere else.
More information about the event is available at TexasMonthly.com/LouisianaLoneStarNight. To interact on social media, follow Louisiana Culinary Trails at @LA_Culinary and Facebook.com/LouisianaCulinaryTrails, and use #LouisianaLoneStar and #TasteLouisiana.