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Cool Jobs: 5 Acadians follow their Hospitals of Acadiana:

professional bliss Plus innovations in procedures,


care, devices and facilities

Down the Bayou


FROM PORT BARRE TO LAKE FAUSSE: KAYAKING BAYOU TECHE pg. 38
features
Célébrer le mode de vie acadien

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Cool Jobs
From fashionistas
to gardeners and
furniture makers
to illustrators,
there are those
who forge their own
38
path, both early on A journey
and after they’ve
moved on from other
down the
endeavors. bayou
By ashley hinson,
denny culbert and
lisa leblanc-berry
From Port
Barre to Lake
Fausse: Kaya-
51 king Bayou
Acadiana Teche
hospitals written and
photographed by
Plus denny culber

Innovations in
care, procedures
and devices
Article by Will Kalec
and list compiled by
Ashley Hinson
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lagniappe
A little Extra food+drink
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note de l’editeur
23
sur le menu
Editor’s Note
Burger Kings: From standard to
outrageous, Acadiana has an all
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nouvelles de villes beef pattie for everyone
News Briefs
26
de la cuisine
10
le visiter Mayo Daze: Creamy, dreamy
Calendar of Events homemade mayo elevates
sandwiches, sauces and salads

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recettes de cocktails
It’s Tiki-Tini Time: Enjoy a
blast of cold air and refreshing
end-of-summer cocktails with a
home+style tropical kick

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la maison
Of Formality and Function: A
designer brings a Breaux Bridge
couple’s dreams full circle

18 culture
pour la maison
Desert Dreams: Toss pillows
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with Southwestern flair ease the les artistes
transition from summer to autumn The Man Behind The Mask:
Abbeville photographer Leo
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À la mode Touchet shares tales from the
She’s Got Baggage: There’s a lot to road at Acadiana Center for the
unpack here Arts exhibit

72
la musique
Legacy Lost: Musician Sean
Ardoin remembers vibrant
Miller’s Zydeco Hall of Fame in
Opelousas
On the Cover
76
Photographer and writer les personnes
Denny Culbert finds a favorite Homecoming: McNeese State
new hobby during his first assistant coach Kerry Joseph
long-distance kayaking trip begins a new chapter in life
on the Bayou Teche. The
five-day adventure offered
scenery, wildlife, good eats 80
en français, s’il vous plaît
and friendly locals, as well as
exercise and fresh air. What La Chevrette Toute-Puissante: le
more does a man need? Créole aux oiseaux
lagniappe

Learn French

Sentier de randonnée
(n) hiking trail: a specially designed footpath
for hikers to use, generally through rural,
wooded or naturally preserved areas.
How do you enjoy late summer/early fall example:
outdoors in Louisiana? Acadiana State Park Nature Trail dispose de six
milles de sentiers de randonnée qui traversent
Editor in Chief Errol Laborde des collines, des forêts et des zones humides.
Managing Editor Melanie Warner Spencer translation:
Associate Editor Ashley McLellan Acadiana State Park Nature Trail has six
Copy Editor Liz Clearman miles of hiking trails that run through
Art Director Sarah George hills, forest and wetlands.
Lead Photographer Danley Romero
Web Editor Kelly Massicot
“Gardening and
sprucing up our Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan
Did You Know?
backyard
terrace (504) 830-7215
takes up most
of my Colleen@acadianaprofile.com
time after work and While mountain biking in mostly flat Louisiana

on weekends.” Sales Manager Rebecca Taylor
might make as much sense as ice skating in
(337) 298-4424
Opelousas, Acadiana actually has the only true
(337) 235-7919 Ext. 230 dedicated mountain bike trail in the entire state.
Rebecca@acadianaprofile.com Mountain Bike Acadiana, formed in 2012, has
nearly four miles of off-road challenges, turns
Director of Marketing & Events Cheryl Lemoine and paths for cyclists of all skill levels. Maintained
Event Coordinator Whitney Weathers by a dedicated group of biking volunteers, the
digital media associate Mallary Matherne course is updated regularly, events and races for
enthusiasts from across the area. Membership
For event information call (504) 830-7264
and sponsorships are available, with 100 percent
of dues and donations going back to the group for
Production manager Jessica DeBold trail digging, poison ivy killing and course building.
Production Designers Monique DiPietro
Mountain Bike Acadiana trails are located within
Demi Schaffer
Acadiana Park Campground, just outside of
Molly Tullier Lafayette. Visit www.MTBAcadiana.org, for more
Traffic Coordinator Topher Balfer “I usually take a information.
Distribution Manager John Holzer weekend trip to
Grand Isle with — Ashley McClellan
office manager Mallary Matherne my kayak in tow
Subscription Manager Brittani Bryant and camp on the
“Sitting by the For subscriptions call (504) 830-7231 beach.”
water with a thick

book and a strong
drink.” Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne
President Alan Campell Behind The Scenes
Executive Vice President Errol Laborde

2016 AWARDS

Award of Merit to Melanie Warner Spencer for Single Story


Award of Merit to Danley Romero for Single photo
Bronze to Will Kalec for Magazine Writer of the Year
Bronze to Danley Romero for Portrait Series
Silver to Denny Culbert for Photo Series
Gold to Denny Culbert for Magazine Photographer of the Year
Gold to Sarah George for Art Direction of a Single Story
Gold to Sarah George for Overall Art Direction
Finalist for Magazine of the Year When testing lighting, lead photographer Danley
Romero often enlists the help of his children.
Here is Michael standing in for Coach Joseph at
McNeese Stadium. See the final image on page 76.

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note de l’editeur sales team

Not long ago my husband Mark and I enjoyed a Quantum Hop IPA and an
Acadie farmhouse ale, respectively, on the covered patio at Bayou Teche Brewing
while chatting with a couple of guys who were out on a bicycling adventure. After
a brief rain shower and upon the urging of Laurin Knott who was working the
taps that day, we took a walk down the driveway, past the Knott family’s various
houses (the brewery is located on the family property) and ambled down a bit from
the floating dock to the banks of the brewery’s namesake waterway. In less than a
minute, the conversation turned to how fun it would be to kayak to the brewery,
Rebecca Taylor
much like the bicyclists who cycled in from Lafayette. I’m a fan of combining my
Sales Manager
exercise and outdoor activities with leisure activities and this sounded like the best of
(337) 298-4424
all worlds. Needless to say, when contributor Denny Culbert told us he was planning
(337) 235-7919 Ext. 230
a trip down the bayou, we wanted to tag along, even if only vicariously through his
Rebecca@AcadianaProfile.com
words and photos.
Ride along with Culbert on his five-day journey from Port Barre to Lake Fausse
on page 38. Culbert offers up gorgeous scenery, paired with tips on what to bring,
where to stay when you aren’t camping and where to eat, saving us the legwork of
plotting and planning the trip ourselves. The scenery alone is worth it, but boy am I
excited about the prospect of trying the boiled crabs and shrimp at T-Bob’s Seafood
in Jeanerette.
Naturally, I would never want to jinx anyone, but if you happened to run into
a healthcare emergency while out on your kayaking expedition, Acadiana has you
covered. The hospitals in the region are innovators in advanced care, procedures,
devices and facilities, as you’ll learn on page 51 in our annual Hospitals of Acadiana
feature.
Speaking of adventures, are you looking for a new career? Each year we search for
people making their living by following their dreams. Our Cool Jobs profiles on page
32 includes artists, clothiers and an alligator leather artisan, to name a few, to offer
up ideas for your next professional chapter.
All-in-all this issue is fun-filled and inspiring, even if you decide to just enjoy it
while kicked back in your air conditioned living room, rather than brave the heat in
a kayak. Heck, you can even arrange to take it all in while having ice-cold craft beer
and a mess of boiled crabs. We won’t tell.

Melanie Warner Spencer, Managing Editor Colleen Monaghan


(504) 830-7239 | Melanie@AcadianaProfile.com Vice President of Sales
(504) 830-7215
Colleen@AcadianaProfile.com
P.S. In the June issue, we reported that Michael Verret of White Fox restaurant in
Breaux Bridge traveled to Japan. While he was indeed considering a visit to that country,
he did not ultimately go. Additionally, the address of White Fox restaurant is 240 West
Mills Ave., Suite 112, and it opened in 2016. We regret the errors.

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nouvelles de villes by lisa leblanc-berry

calendar

around
acadiana
Bon temps in and
around Cajun Country
Delcambre, Gueydan, by kelly massicot
Morgan City, New
Iberia, Mamou

Dancing Time August


1. National Night Out. Sulphur.
The Delcambre Shrimp sulphur.org
Festival celebrates the 4. Firefighter Cancer Support Net-
shrimping industry Aug. work Benefit Concert. Lafayette.
16-20 with delicious local
11. Krewe of Hercules Fishing Rodeo.
creations made with big,
Houma. facebook.com/Herculesrodeo
luscious shrimp fresh from
the docks plus a boat parade, 11-12. Cameron Fishing Festival.
pageants and a lively fais- Cameron. facebook.com/CameronFish-
do-do. Head to the “Duck ingFestival
Capital of the World” for 12. Lost Bayou Ramblers CD Release
the Gueydan Duck Festival Party. Lafayette. bluemoonpresents.com
Aug. 24-27 and enter the 17-19. Le Cajun Festival. New Iberia.
duck and goose calling cajunfrenchmusic.org
contest, cooking contests
and the duck dash, then 18. Concerts at Couret Farms -
enjoy the great food, live Dustin Sonnier. Lafayette.
bands and a parade. Pass facebook.com/ConcertsAtCouret
a good time Labor Day 19. Arts & Crabs Fest. Lake Charles.
weekend at Morgan City’s 19. 2017 Games of Acadiana. Lafay-
Louisiana Shrimp and ette. milesperret.org/Fundraisers/
Petroleum Festival Aug. games-of-acadiana
31-Sept. 4 featuring zydeco, 20. MPCS Triathlon. Lafayette. miles-
Cajun and country music. perret.org/Fundraisers/mpcs-triathlon
Live music is the highlight
Lafayette
of the Mamou Cajun Music 24. SOWELA’s Taste of Lake Charles.
Acadian Triumph Lake Charles. sowela.edu/taste
Cirque on Ice Festival Sept. 15-16, which
includes the adorable youth 25. Downtown Live After 5 - Nash-
Nova Scotia’s new lieutenant- pageants (ages 0-12) at ville South. Houma. tpcg.org
Cirque du Soleil is venturing into governor recently took office, the Mamou Skating Rink
uncharted territory when they the province’s first Acadian Recreation Center. New
bring Cirque du Soleil Crystal: to represent the Crown Iberia’s Sugar Cane Festival
September
A Breakthrough Ice Experience centuries after the Expulsion. Sept. 20-24 kicks off with 1-2. Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival.
to the Cajundome October Arthur LeBlanc, sworn in Farm Fest at the Shadows, Opelousas. zydeco.org
5-8. The troupe is pushing the as the 33rd lieutenant- and includes car, flower, art 8-10. TaWaSi Antiques and Collect-
boundaries again by combining governor at Province and photography shows, ibles Show. Thibodaux. tawasi.net
outstanding skating and sliding House, said the deportation sugar cane exhibits, a 4H 9. Boudin Wars. Sulphur.
with remarkable acrobatic of his ancestors is a dark livestock show and sale, facebook.com/BoudinWars
feats that defy the imagination. period in Nova Scotia’s sugar cookery contests, a
Cirque has 1,300 performing history but the Acadians 16. Rebel Run 5k. Sulphur.
carnival and bands that will
artists from 50 different are a resilient people. surely get you on your feet. 21. Farm Fest. New Iberia.
countries. cirquedusoleil.com shadowsontheteche.org
22. Downtown Live After 5 - Blue
Eyed Soul. Houma. tpcg.org
22-23. Best of the Bayou Music Fes-
Lake Charles room measuring over 500 Racetrack Casino and Hotel tival. Houma. bestofthebayou.la
square feet, enhanced with in Vinton is undergoing a $45
Roll of the Dice oversized tubs and large walk- million expansion, including
23. Movies in the Parc. Lafayette.
downtownlafayette.org
in showers. L’Auberge Casino the new Rosewater Grill and
It’s a good time to go Resort also completed a Tavern, which is now open; 29. Sesquicentennial Exhibit Opening.
gambling in style and maybe multi-million-dollar renovation work continues on the new Lake Charles. visitlakecharles.org
work in a little golf vacation. of its 10 luxury Garden Suites 167 guest rooms and suites. 29. Sesquicentennial Community
Golden Nugget (which has a (which come with private VIP Isle of Capri recently finished Celebration. Lake Charles.
beautiful 18-hole golf course check-in), and also added the renovating the snazzy visitlakecharles.org
on its $700 million property) new L Bar, an elegant spot concert venue as well. 30. Movies in the Parc. Lafayette.
recently opened its new 350- with hand-crafted cocktails. downtownlafayette.org
room hotel tower with each Meanwhile, Delta Downs

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home+Style
Inspiration, décoration et accessoires chic pour la vie

la maison

of formality
and function
Robin Foti’s
ample closet
includes a
hair washing
station and is
A designer brings a Breaux Bridge illuminated by
three cascading
couple’s dreams full circle chandeliers.

By Lisa LeBlanc-Berry | Photos by chad chenier


home+style la maison

The design concepts for Robin and floyd


Foti’s new home in Breaux Bridge integrate
elegance and formality. Robin has a flair for
glamour. Floyd’s objective was to give his wife
her dream home.
Husband and wife team, Beau and Lisa
McDaniel of C.Mac Construction and
Antiquity, brought their talents as builders and
designers to the project. Plans for the sprawling
Italianate house were drawn by Glenn Angelle
and Dionne Sonnier of Angelle Architects.
“I remember the day we first saw the initial
sketches for the house,” says Lisa. “Beau and I
sat at a conference table with the architects and
homeowners, painstakingly trying to hide our
excitement. The details of this home were so
spectacular, it was nearly impossible to suppress
our enthusiasm. The form and function would
dictate our décor choices.”
The artisanal staircase and second story
loggia pay homage to classical European
architecture, as does the Pietra Calacatta
tile flooring that runs throughout the home.
Concrete columns support both the front
and rear overhangs, in addition to numerous
interior rooms.
“True to her energetic personality, Robin
loves anything that sparkles. So we integrated
crystal, cut glass and mirrors at every turn,” says
Lisa. “Gold and silver accents were a must from
my perspective, if for no other reason than to
see the twinkle these dashes of glitz and glam
brought to Robin’s delighted blue eyes.”
For the living room, Lisa used a combination top The dramatic staircase echoes the black and white motif throughout the adjoining,
of Marge Carson, Theodore Alexander and open living areas. “Our color theme was contrast,” says designer Lisa McDaniel. “Robin
appreciates the polarity of various shades of white paired with black.” bottom Crystal
EJ Victor furnishings. The romantic master chandeliers can be found in every room of the residence. right The Maitland-Smith dining
suite is adorned with a French-inspired Calais table accommodates the Foti’s love of entertaining.
mantel and Michael Amini furniture that lends
a touch of elegance.
The concept of polarity is evident in almost
every room. Crisp white finishes are contrasted
with bold black accents.
“Take for instance the ornate white kitchen
cabinetry by Dreamworks Custom Cabinets,”
Lisa says. “These are paired with deep black
granite countertops. Gracing the view from the
kitchen and formal living room with 18-foot
ceilings is the turned and suspended grand
staircase. It demonstrates another example of
polarity with its intricate black and gold floral
motif railing.”
The feminine curve of the white staircase
marries well with the black granite underfoot
from Precision Stone and Granite. A delicate
five-foot crystal chandelier enhances the
glamour.

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The top of the staircase trails to a
dramatic Juliette balcony, which overlooks
most of the house. Both interior and exte-
rior railings demonstrate the craftsmanship
of award-winning artisan, Randy LeBlanc.
His custom iron work in the Foti home
earned second place in a recent national
ironworks competition.
In this belladonna of a home, crystal
chandeliers grace every room, including
the master bedroom and bath.
“Robin’s Hollywood-glam-style closet
shimmers from the light of three cascading
cut-crystal chandeliers,” says Lisa. “The
ceiling literally drips with jewels, as do the
heavy velvet draperies in the adjoin-
ing master bedroom. There’s a sparkle
everywhere one looks, which is exactly
what Robin wanted in a home.”
Situated along the back avenue of
Breaux Bridge’s newest neighborhood,
The Lakes, the charming residence sits
on a ridge of the Bayou Teche, and is
surrounded by oak and cypress trees.
The Foti family is currently installing
an outdoor entertaining area near their
new house. It’s designed to accompany
the existing loggia and outdoor kitchen.
The new addition features a pool, tanning
decks, gas fire urns, a pergola and a
swim-up bar. Designed to mimic resort-
style living, it is perfectly positioned with
views of the home’s living and entertain-
ment rooms and the upstairs bedroom.
“I realized very early on in my dealings
with Robin that our goals were identical,
to create something beautiful and on
budget, and to breathe life into her dream
home. And that’s exactly what we did.”
A former accountant, Lisa pays
particular attention to keeping within the
budget for her interior design clients.
“The most rewarding aspect of this
project was that Beau and I helped fulfill
a dream for the Foti family,” Lisa says.
“Their home is the end result of decades
of hard work, and they have so much to
be proud of. Amazingly, not a single work
day passed when the Fotis didn’t thank us.
That kind of gratitude was life-changing
for Beau and me.”

Robin selected Michael Amini furniture when


designing the opulent master suite. The Foti
family prepares elaborate dinner parties in
their gourmet kitchen, which opens onto a
grand, elegantly furnished living room with
18-foot ceilings, stately columns, abundant
natural light and splendid views of the tree-
lined property from its massive windows.

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home+style pour la maison

desert 1

dreams 2

Toss pillows with


Southwestern flair
ease the transition
from summer to
autumn
by ashely hinson
photo by
romero & Romero

Who says you can’t


incorporate some color into
autumn? Transition your
home from summer into fall
with an enticing combination
of prints and patterns that
evoke summer festivals and
autumnal textures.

1. Add some sunshine with


this Indian cotton and
polyester throw pillow by
Loloi. Paul Michael Company,
1800 Kaliste Saloom Road,
Lafayette. 337-981-1289;
paulmichaelcompany.com 3
2. This handcrafted cotton and
linen Villa pillow features a
fun print in primary colors that
makes the transition to fall easy.
Paul Michael Company. 4

3. Black and white decor is


timeless, and this cotton and
linen down-filled pillow from
Villa is no exception. Paul
Michael Company. When mixing and
matching throw
4. This kilim woven wool and pillows, don’t just
cotton pillow was handmade consider color -
in Turkey. Swags Studio, 1116 also take texture,
size and shape
Coolidge St, Lafayette. 337-237-
into account.
1732; swagsstudio.com Make sure to vary
each of these for
5. A neutral pillow in varying optimum visual
textures of faux satin and interest.
cotton can soften a bohemian-
inspired space. The Royal
Standard, 2015 Johnston 5
St., Lafayette. 337-289-1144;
theroyalstandard.com

6. Mixed prints are a must, and


this down-filled linen throw
pillow combines beading and a
funky zigzag pattern. Bassett
Home Furnishings, 501 Acadiana 6
Mall Circle, Lafayette. 337-735-
1000; bassettfurniture.com

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home+style À la mode

she’s got baggage


There’s a lot to unpack here
by ashley hinson | photo by romero & Romero

2
1

When it comes to bags, 1. A Woodstock-worthy purse with 3. This perforated tan, black and 5. A black bucket bag is a chic
summer 2017 staples such as sweet woven detailing? Yes please. white tote works as both a beach necessity. This black vegan
Make the look happen in luxe, tan bag and a purse. The vegan leather leather purse has a laid-back
tassels, pebbled textures and or vegan leather with the Madison Urban Expressions bag also comes drawstring closure and doubles as
fresh shapes will work their way Stewart tote. BeLush Boutique, 101 with a small black wristlet. Maven a backpack for all your end-of-
into fall in warm but muted Settlers Trace Blvd., Suite 1002, Womenswear, 201 Settlers Trace summer festivals. Score. Maven
tones. Classic and lush, dense Lafayette. 337-288-9349 Blvd., Suite 2021, Lafayette. 337- Womenswear.
704-2668. TheMavenStore.com
leathers in unexpected colors 2. Minor History makes minor 6. Can’t decide if you want to stay
take on non-traditional forms, changes to simple design that 4. Here comes the sun, in the shape refined or make a statement?
and pliable vegan leather pieces modernize a piece, like this olive of a flask, from Minor History. The You won’t have to. With its sharp
green fold-over bag. The pebbled adorably lush gold crossbody angles, textured surface and
will make you question if you leather purse comes complete with comes in the very on-trend circle cognac vegan leather, this clutch
want the real thing. delicate golden zipper and hidden shape, perfect for nights out. prominently features a detachable
magnetic closure. Genterie Supply Genterie Supply Company. tassel. Maven Womenswear.
Company, 408 Jefferson St.,
Lafayette. 337-402-3833.
Genterie.com

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food+drink Ça c’est bon

The Juicy Lucy from


Bread & Circus features
two giant hand-made
patties of locally-raised
grass-fed beef formed
around a block of sharp
Cheddar cheese. The fat
from the cheese helps the
beef retain moisture.

sur le menu

burger
kings
From standard
to outrageous,
Acadiana has a
burger for every
palate
by Jyl Benson
Photos by denny culbert

As satisfying as Cajun
food may be sometimes crav-
ings hit for simple, familiar
pleasures, such as an outstand-
ing burger, particularly in the
summertime when a casual
attitude prevails (necessitated
by the unrelenting heat) and
no one will cast a sidelong
look your way if you roll up
your sleeves, put your elbows
on the table, and eat with your
hands. Just take care to have
a napkin at the ready to catch
the juices as they run down
your chin.
food+drink sur le menu

The Little Big


Cup’s all beef patty
is served dressed
between two cakes
of macaroni and
cheese coated
in Panko bread
crumbs and then
deep fried.

Moo-Noo’s
double
burger is
hand-made,
griddle
cooked
and juicy.
Stock up on
I am of solid belief that when it comes napkins.

to burgers, good things tend to come


from small, tightly-packed places where
handmade is the rule and high turnover
ensures freshness.
Moo-Noo’s Grill, a hole in the wall
in Erath, is just such a place and it gets
the seal of approval from my friend Boo
Macomber, High Priestess of the Bayou,
and one of my go-to sources in Acadiana.
The burger patties are made of high-quality
beef, hand-formed into large, ragged slabs
and cooked on a griddle before they are
placed, juicy and dripping, between the
layers of a fresh bun. Hearty eaters can
order a double burger with two patties. Be
forewarned: these burgers will not win a
beauty contest. But for flavor Moo-Noo’s
burgers are tough to beat. If you’re skipping
bread consider a visit on a Thursday when a block of sharp Cheddar cheese. The fat on a soft, fresh bun with a side of waffle
the plate lunch special is a hamburger steak from the cheese helps the beef to retain fries, there’s also an utterly crazy affair of an
topped with grilled onions and served with moisture and the fats from both combine to all-beef patty served dressed between two
mashed potatoes, gravy, corn on the cob and volcanic effect. I advise cutting this burger cakes of macaroni and cheese that have been
a garden salad. in half before tucking into your meal. There coated in Panko bread crumbs and deep
Bread & Circus Provisions also meets my is simply no way to get your mouth around fried, then employed as a “bun.”
litmus test for being a physically small space the thing with anything resembling grace or
with foods that pack a wallop of flavor. Best dignity. How convenient for Augello that
known for his Neapolitan pizza, lovingly Bonus Bite
Poupart’s Bakery is right across the street,
crafted charcuterie and wonderfully wacky the brioche buns are the perfect vehicles for
condiments (cherry ketchup anyone?), the delivery of this meaty bomb. Are you having a gathering where you will
Chef Manny Augello’s burgers are every be griddling or grilling your own burgers?
Situated on the banks of Bayou Fuselier The Eunice Superette is supplied by its own
bit as exceptional as anyone would expect in Arnaudville, The Little Big Cup offers slaughterhouse. While this is a fully-stocked
them to be and his Juicy Lucy is currently an extensive menu encompassing weekend grocery store, the focus here is definitely
the talk of Acadiana. He’s known for his brunch, as well as lunch and dinner, but the on the meat. The staff butchers are skilled
farm-to-table approach and employs that in advising on custom orders and all of the
multi-level deck outside over the water is beef here is grass-fed. Don’t leave without
here with two giant hand-made patties of the ideal setting for a burger. While I go for some of their excellent boudin for the grill
locally-raised grass-fed beef formed around the classic affair with the addition of bacon and cracklin to munch on while you cook.

Bread & Circus Provisions 258 Bendel Road, Lafayette, 337-408-3930, bandcprovisions.com Moo-Noo’s Grill 209 E Lastie St., Erath, 337-937-
6971 The Eunice Superette 1230 West Laurel, Eunice, 337-546-6042, eunicesuperette.com The Little Big Cup: 149 Fuselier Road, Arnaudville,
337-754-7147, littlebigcup.com

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food+drink de la cuisine

mayo-
daze
Creamy, dreamy
homemade
mayo elevates
sandwiches, sauces
and salads
by marcelle bienvenu
photo & styling by
eugenia uhl

Homemade mayonnaise is
a favorite and this summer
I needed no excuse to make
it. As far as I’m concerned,
homemade mayonnaise is a
must for my potato salad. It
is also delicious when spread
on a Creole tomato sand-
wich made with soft white
bread. It gives respect to the
lowly chicken or tuna salad,
and it makes a simple ham
and Swiss cheese sandwich a
treat for lunch. My husband
Rock says my mayonnaise

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makes his homemade pimento Mama’s Mayonnaise
cheese sublime. Yep, that’s the
1 large egg
word he uses. He also claims
there is nothing better than 1 tablespoon vinegar
homemade mayonnaise to perk or fresh lemon juice
up deviled eggs or shrimp salad 1 cup vegetable oil
with which to fill a buttery half salt and freshly ground black
of an avocado. And oh, what it pepper to taste
does to a BLT. pinch of sugar
Making mayonnaise brings
back great memories of my
mother whipping up her own In an electric blender or food
concoction either by hand (a processor blend the egg and the
drop of oil at a time) or with a vinegar or lemon juice for about
jar-like mayonnaise mixer that 30 seconds. Add the sugar and
had a concave lid with a small pulse a couple of times. With
hole in the center, accommo- the processor running, slowly
dating a wire plunger. The egg pour the oil through the feed
and vinegar (or lemon juice) tube. The mixture will thicken.
was put into the jar, and the Season with salt and pepper
oil was dripped in, a little at a and pulse once or twice to
time, while the plunger agitated blend. Transfer to an airtight
the mixture until it emulsified. container and refrigerate for at
A few years ago, a reader called least 30 minutes before using.
me to tell me he had such a Makes about 1 ¼ cups
gadget, and in fact had several
since his father had at one time
been a salesman for the Wesson
Oil Company. He graciously Blender Mayonnaise
sent me three. A few weeks
1 large egg
ago, one of my great nephews
came for a visit while I was 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
making a batch of mayo with ½ teaspoon dry mustard
my mayonnaise mixer. He was ½ teaspoon salt
shocked that we were making
¼ teaspoon freshly ground
mayonnaise from scratch since
black pepper
he mistakenly believed the
stuff only came in a jar from 1 cup vegetable oil
the supermarket. He gleefully pinch of sugar
slathered some of the finished several dashes of hot sauce
product on his ham sandwich
In a blender, put the egg,
and declared it amazing.
lemon juice, mustard, sugar,
Of course, mayonnaise
salt, black pepper and hot sauce
can be easily made in a food
and blend for 30 seconds on
processor or electric mixer, thus
high speed. Then with the
making it even easier to indulge
motor running, pour in the oil
in the tart, creamy condiment.
in a slow, steady stream. The
As we bid farewell to summer,
mixture will thicken as the oil is
you might want to have a
added. If you like, you can add
fling with your own batch of
two cloves of crushed garlic, or
homemade mayonnaise.
finely chopped fresh herbs to
One word of advice: since
give the mayonnaise an added
the mayonnaise is made with
spark. Store the mayonnaise
raw eggs, it’s best to use it
in an airtight container in the
within 48 hours, and the
refrigerator until ready to use.
elderly and very young children
should avoid it. Makes about 1 cup

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De la cuisine

Calvados Mayonnaise Shrimp with Curry


Mayonnaise
If you want to walk on the wild
side, try this mayonnaise flavored This is an easy and delicious recipe
with a bit of Calvados, the French for an appetizer.
apple brandy, and slather it on cold
pork or beef tenderloin tucked 2 pounds medium-size shrimp,
into slices of crusty French bread. peeled and deveined
Have a clean bowl with a rolled 1 lemon, halved
towel wrapped around the base to
2 teaspoons salt
prevent it from skidding around as
you whisk. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon tarragon vinegar
1-2 teaspoons Calvados
(according to your taste) salt and freshly ground black
pepper to taste
a few drops of fresh lemon juice
pinch or two of salt Bring a large pot of water
freshly ground black pepper
to a boil. Add the lemon, salt,
and cayenne. Add the shrimp
Whisk together the egg and return the water to a boil.
yolk, mustard, vinegar and salt. Remove from the heat, cover and
Whisk in the oil, drop by drop, let stand for 5 minutes. Drain
gradually increasing it into a and spread the shrimp on a
thin stream until the mixture shallow platter to cool. Refriger-
thickens. Gently whisk in the ate until completely chilled.
Calvados, lemon juice and Combine the mayonnaise,
pepper to taste. Store in the shallots, curry, mustard, and
refrigerator until ready to use. vinegar in a bowl. Whisk to blend.
Makes about 1 cup Season with salt and pepper.
Put the shrimp in a large bowl
and add the curry mixture. Toss
to coat evenly. Serve immedi-
Salsa Mayonnaise
ately or store in the refrigerator
When I have an abundance of until ready to use. Serve with
homegrown tomatoes, this is a party crackers or thin slices of
real treat. This salsa mayonnaise toasted French bread.
is delicious with shrimp, grilled
chicken or fish. Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings

2 ripe medium-size tomatoes,


peeled, seeded and diced Sauce Ravigote
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice This is simple but tasty recipe
(or more to taste) for an appetizer. The word
“ravigote” comes from the French
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
word “ravigoter, which means to
¼ teaspoon salt invigorate. The sauce pairs well
with shrimp, crabmeat and lobster.
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
Combine ¼ cup finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced jalapeno parsley, 2 tablespoons finely
(optional) chopped green onions, ½
several drops Tabasco cup capers, drained, ½ cup
or other hot sauce mayonnaise, ¼ cup Creole
mustard, 3 tablespoons fresh
1 batch Blender Mayonnaise lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
Worcestershire sauce, 1
Combine all the ingredients teaspoon prepared horseradish
in a glass bowl and mix. Fold and hot sauce to taste in a
in the mayonnaise. Chill until bowl and stir to blend. Store
in an airtight container and
ready to use. refrigerate until ready to use.
Makes about 1½ cups Makes about 2 cups

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food+drink recettes de cocktails

tiki-tini
time
Enjoy a blast of cold air
and refreshing
end-of-summer cocktails
with a tropical kick
By Lisa LeBlanc-Berry
photo by romero & romero

As summer winds down and we


deal with the height of hurricane
season, it’s time to break out the
tiki torches and whip up some
end-of-summer Tiki-Tinis. If the
heat remains unbearable, enjoy your
Tiki-Tini in a deliciously cold living
room, preferably with a pool view
to extend the vacation fantasy.
In south Louisiana, you never
know what to expect this time of year,
so it’s always a good idea to optimize
summer’s last kiss. Soon, we could
be scrambling for batteries, boarding
up the place and spending long
stretches cooped up with interlopers
with whom you’d rather not party.
The Tiki-Tini was recently created
by mixologist Jordon Morello at
the elegant Fremin’s Restaurant in
Thibodeaux. Centered by a beautiful
old mahogany bar that once anchored
the former apothecary housed in the
historic building, Fremin’s serves
delicious chargrilled oysters, seafood
Napoleon, and other amazing
appetizers at the bar with your
cocktails, which are the best in town.
This special martini cocktail,
perfumed with notes of fruit, has
hints of the Caribbean’s Laraha
Orange. It’s one sip away from tropi-
cal paradise. Although your summer
days of overlooking those palm
tree-lined beaches may be over, serve
this seductively blue-hued, sweet Tiki-Tini
concoction and you’ll be transported In a shaker combine ¾ oz. vodka, ½ oz. rum, ¼ oz. Triple Sec, ½ oz. Blue Curaçao
to blue oceans and blue skies. Once liqueur. Splash each of cranberry and pineapple juices and a splash of simple
the buzz kicks in, of course. syrup. Rim glass with sugar. Garnish with orange wedge and maraschino cherries.

Fremin’s Restaurant & Catering 402 West Third St., Thibodaux. 985-449-0333. fremins.net

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When dreaming of a cool career,
there are myriad options. From
fashionistas to gardeners and
furniture makers to illustrators,
there are those who forge their
own path, both early on and after
they've moved on from other
endeavors. This year, we found five
people with envy-inducing jobs
that'll have you asking: What do I
want to be when I grow up?
Cool Jobs
photos by romero & romero

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I try to put
humor in, humor
or a clever
twist. I kind of
think of that as
my style.

or Dirty Coast T-shirts, Durand works full


time as head art director of BBR Creative in
downtown Lafayette. He’s at the helm of idea
creation and execution, and that approach
spills over into his personal work, designing
the logos for the C. Wolf Barber & Shop,
Rêve Coffee Roasters, Community Coffee
and Burgersmith.
I'm Gravy,
woof Durand also contributes to the music scene
with colorful fliers and album art for local
acts like Lost Bayou Ramblers, Sean Bruce,
the Rayo Brothers and many of J. Burton’s
projects, such as FIGHTS and Talker. His work
garnered national acclaim when his Cracklin
Festival T-shirt for Parish Ink — depicting
a monstrous pig that resembles the Kraken,
a sea monster, being cooked in a pot that
resembles a turbulent ocean with “Release
the Cracklin” brandished across it — won
the illustrative journal Communication Arts’
2016 Illustration Competition.
Durand’s work is sharp but fluid, and he
takes inspiration from artists like Jeff Smith
and his Bone comic and Calvin and Hobbes
author Bill Watterson, both of whom merge
their illustrations with well-crafted stories.
“I try to put humor in, humor or a clever
twist,” he said. “I kind of think of that as my
style. There are so many artists and illustrators,
painters, that are better than me. But maybe
there’s something I can do to differentiate
myself, to add a clever twist or clever concepts.”
Durand’s next project is a mural for Dat
Dog’s Lafayette location at 201 Jefferson St. Its
corner spot on the edge of downtown secures

I
llustrator Burt Durand’s the mural’s position to greet Lafayette visitors
drawings, logos, cartoons and coming from the Evangeline Thruway. He

By Design
fliers share the common thread also wants to eventually do a portrait series
of acute design and of Lafayette creatives.
playful, kinetic energy. • To keep churning out commission-
His designs have become ubiquitous Durand’s work is sharp based and client-focused work,
but fluid, and he takes
in Acadiana because he never stops inspiration from artists Durand said he stays inspired by
working. like Jeff Smith and looking at award-winning work in
Burt Durand draws crowds his Bone comic and
“My work ethic is to always be Calvin and Hobbes the design and advertising fields,
in Lafayette and beyond with creating, whether it’s drawing or author Bill Watterson,
and seeing people do what they love
both of whom merge
colorful album art music, or writing or even cooking,” their illustrations with within the community.
well-crafted stories.
Durand, 34, said. “It's always good “There’s cool work out there, and
By Ashley Hinson to be doing and making something.” everyone keeps all that love and passion
When he isn’t freelancing his drawings around them,” he said. “It’s kind of hard not
for Time Out New York, Dollar Shave Club, to stay inspired.”

33
P Southern
istache owner Alyce Ray, the shops during holidays and special events,
29, knew she didn’t want and bought the shop last year.
to be behind a desk forever. Ray maintained and expanded upon Brewer’s
Acquiring the shop has vision of modern southern womanhood by

Charm
fostered her obsession with keeping her vintage-inspired A-line dresses,
St. Landry Parish and contributed to the white cotton tops with lace detailing and
growing number of women-owned businesses old-fashioned nightgowns, and added  jewelry
in historic Grand Coteau. and accessories inspired by nature, Gunne
A native of Opelousas, Ray discovered Sax-influenced wedding gowns, bridal combs
the shop when she stepped into Pistache’s Shop owner Alyce Ray brings and vines, and handmade Indian embroidery.
equally southern and feminine sister store, Her pieces appeal to bohemian young women
bohemian style to Grand Coteau
The Kitchen Shop, between leaving office who, like Ray, draw inspiration from traveling
life and beginning a stint as an au pair in Italy. and collect vintage dresses.
By Ashley Hinson
Ray met then-Pistache owner Nancy Brewer, She hangs her cotton and linen items from
and the two quickly bonded. Ray worked in wrought iron gazebos. Shop cats D’Artagnan
and Blanche meander between the boutique
to the courtyard and back again.
“This shop is very feminine,” she said. “It’s for
everyone, from birth to a 90-year-old woman.
They’re breathable fabrics that are appropriate
for our climate, 100 percent cotton garments
that are lightweight and breathable year-round.
It spans generations; a granddaughter comes
in with mother and grandmother, and each
could find something to wear.”
Grand Coteau is most known for its board-
ing school, Academy of the Sacred Heart, and
This shop is very
feminine. It’s the Jesuit Spirituality Center at St. Charles
for everyone, College. Ray said the idyllic girls school
from birth to
a 90-year-old and the college’s retreats
woman.

A native of
attract women from the
world over in addition to
Opelousas, Ray Acadiana residents.
discovered the
shop when she “Grand Coteau has
stepped into
Pistache’s equally
always been a charming
southern and and special place to me.
feminine sister
store, The Kitchen Whether going to the
Shop, between academy for any kind of
leaving office life
I'm and beginning a sporting event, or pick ing
D'Artagnan, stint as an au pair
meow in Italy. Ray met
up a gift at kitchen shop,
then-Pistache owner I just felt a connection to
Nancy Brewer, and
the two quickly this place in my soul.”
bonded. The town is flush with
feminine businesses, too:
local wedding staple Root Floral operates a
few feet away, Petit Rouge antique shop is
next door and a new salon and lipstick bar,
Dollface, opened down the road. Ray said she
wants to eventually collaborate with other
locally owned ventures by making Grand
Coteau something of a bridal hub.
Ray will celebrate her first year as owner
this fall, and she said she spent her first year
learning. In the future, she would like to
incorporate vintage items, host events in
the courtyard, and maybe open a second
location that has similar charm and strong
ties to tradition.

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Pick
and Grin
If I won that Power-
ball and had one or
two hundred million
dollars, the first thing
I’d do is try to build a
big fence around this
place so no one could
see the good time I’m
New Iberia orchard owner having here.

Eddie Romero shares the


fruits of his labor

By Denny Culbert

E
ddie Romero’s Orchard just
might be one of Acadiana’s best
kept secrets…sort of.
“I don’t advertise, it’s all still
word of mouth,” says Romero.
But during peach season and blackberry
season, those in the know arrive in droves to
pick their own fruit in his backyard orchard. In
the past decade Romero has trained a Cornell
student on the art of pruning muscadine
vines, entertained bus loads of French tourists
with his “clean jokes,” and has enthralled
horticulturists from all parts of the globe with
his personal slice of heaven near New Iberia. 
His pick-your-own operation has been
in full swing since his retirement from the
Department of Energy in 2006.
“This investment back here is my 401k,”
says Romero of the fruit
trees that started as a hobby •
in 1986. Romero shows no
signs of slowing
“I knew what I wanted to down, as he breezes
between rows of
do when I retired,” he says. grape vines full of
“I wanted to have some plump green and
purple bunches and
fruits behind my house a pair of speakers
that I could pick and give blare his favorite
Cajun tunes from a
to my friends, but it got stereo in the barn. “I drink five ounces of blackberry juice every Now if only He would give me those lotto
He continues to
so big and I only have so learn something
day, and today I feel great,” he says. numbers.”
many friends, you know? new each day and He shows no signs of slowing down either, “If I won that Powerball and had one or
grow experimental
Then I started selling and I varieties of plants. as he breezes between rows of grape vines two hundred million dollars, the first thing
said man, this is the thing!”  full of plump green and purple bunches and I’d do is try to build a big fence around this
At 74, Romero has bounced back from a pair of speakers blare his favorite Cajun place so no one could see the good time I’m
hardships including a multi-million dollar tunes from a stereo in the barn. having here,” he says. “Then I’d probably just
business sunk by the real estate market crash Romero continues to learn something new go back to the same thing I’ve been doing.
of the 1980s, a battle with prostate cancer and daily and grow experimental varieties of plants. Get up at 6 a.m., drink my coffee, eat my
even the occasional citrus thief. He attributes “No one knows it all except for the Good breakfast and then come out back and play.
his current health and wellness to his fruit. Lord,” he says. “He knows what He’s doing. If I tried to be different, I’d probably die.”

35
Satchels of I use rich leathers
in conjunction with

Substance
restored alligator
skins to create
leather goods at
a more affordable
price point.

Lafayette leather goods


designer Alexandra Warren’s
brand of alligator chic

By Lisa LeBl anc-Berry

F
or decades, alligator purses
and other such luxury satchels
have served as status symbols
carried by people with social
authority. Prized for their
durability, rarity, symmetrical patterning,
elegance and texture, they can be pricey.
FinancesOnline listed a $250,000 Cleopatra
clutch made of metallic silver alligator hide
accented with diamonds by Lana Marks as
one of the 10 most expensive handbags in
the world.
Since Louisiana has the highest alligator
population in the U.S., and it’s the nation’s
largest purveyor, major European fashion
houses such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and
Versace buy most of Louisiana’s alligator
skins each year. Lafayette’s expanding Mark
Staton Co. is on equal footing due to their
“insider” connections with local farmers and
trappers who provide the state’s finest exotic
skins for their product lines.
Alexandra Warren is one of their sought- or when I can find a spare moment, I work on skins “without a clue about what to do with
after designers handling the challenging, my own line of exotic leather goods geared at them,” Warren says. She helps conceptualize
meticulous custom work orders. a lower price point called Floodline. their ideal luxury items from start
If you want to order one of Warren’s I’ve partnered with Mark Staton •
Since Louisiana has the
to finish.
exquisite custom alligator handbags at Mark to create my own line, which is highest alligator population
“I couldn’t feel luckier to have
Staton Co. the wait is around four months. purely my design aesthetic. I use in the U.S., and it’s the discovered this job’s existence in
Her job includes product manufacturing rich leathers in conjunction with nation’s largest purveyor,
major European fashion my own back yard,” Warren says.
and development, but the Lafayette native’s restored alligator skins to create houses such as Gucci, “I’m constantly learning. Alligator
Louis Vuitton and Versace
specialization is in handbags. In fact, it’s leather goods at a more affordable buy most of Louisiana’s leather is one of the most expensive
alligator skins each year.
her passion. Warren’s bachelor’s degree in price point.” to work with, and it’s such a valuable
Fashion Design helped her learn the tricks Now that Louisiana’s alligator local resource. When I think of my
of the trade at Mark Staton. hunting season is starting up (late August future, Mark Staton will always be a part of
“I’m preparing orders to be delivered by until the end of September), more and more it. They are like family.”
Christmas,” Warren says. “On my weekends, people will be showing up with their alligator

36
O
n a Saturday morning, while screen door commissioned by a Lafayette
sipping dark roast coffee in landscape architect.

Treasure
her back yard, Katherine She decided to remove the panels and
Gooch was pondering new replace them with corrugated tin and screens
designs for a screen door. rimmed with vibrant inlays for added dimen-
She suddenly jumped up, grabbed a roll sion. The finishing touch would be the neck

Huntress
of tin roofing, threw it down in her driveway of a splendid old violin for the door handle,
and began running over it with her pickup something gleaned during her “treasure”
truck, again and again. hunting forays near the bayou.
“My neighbors must think I’m nuts,” Gooch Before Gooch started having such cosmic
says. “They saw me driving five feet forward flashes of furniture design genius, she was
and five feet backward over and over and over Reuse of objets trouvé inspires known for other attributes in Miami, where
again, just running over this poor piece of tin. Breaux Bridge furniture maker she resided for 30 years. A former graphic
But the old door was going to be trashed.” artist, she was held in high regard as a photog-
Katherine Gooch’s artful
Just before the tin roof throw-down, Gooch rapher, guitarist, mixed media artist and as
had a fleeting epiphany about a discarded old adaptations an accomplished gourmet chef.
pecky cypress door she was harboring for She moved back to Acadiana five years ago,
By Lisa LeBl anc-Berry
reuse. It had splintered and broken panels, and purchased a charming Cajun cottage in
but would serve as an ideal base for the new downtown Breaux Bridge. Gooch’s contagious
sense of humor that attracts admirers in Pont
Breaux is a happy side effect of her relentless
experimentation in art and in life.
Recently self-taught in the art of carpentry,
the Vermilion Parish native is successfully
designing furniture and lighting as a sideline.
Her regular gig involves the acquisition,
repurposing and selling of vintage items at
a booth she rents in Bayou Town, a quaint
I’ve always been multi-vendor antiques and collectibles market
one to love a located in downtown Breaux Bridge.
treasure hunt. I
enjoy the thrill It isn’t often that someone describes their
of discovering
hidden gems.
job as a “total blast.” Gooch’s work-related
superlatives are at once refreshing. She employs
graphic art sensibilities with

When designing
creative carpentry and a playful
spirit to fashion functional art
interior
architectural with a twist. Her preferred
elements materials are vintage items and
for her new
cottage, Gooch discarded rubbish she finds
built a four-foot-
tall row of giant along country roads bordering
piano keys the Bayou Teche.
from salvaged
scalloped “To me, changing the
wooden boards, intended use of something
adding a
dramatic border into a new function in a clever
to her kitchen.
way is ultra fun. Like taking
an old fishing reel, for example,
and turning it into a retractable clothes-line
for delicates. I’ve made pendant lighting out
of chicken feeders, a kitchen knife magnetic
strip out of an old train pressure gauge, gate
pulls out of antique wrenches, and shelving out
of the fold-down lid of an old upright piano.
“When someone compliments something
I’ve repaired, shined up or built upon, they
evidently appreciate the beauty, and this
makes what I do seem worthwhile. It’s like a
meeting of the minds with total strangers who
often become friends, and it’s a total blast.”

37
A
JOURNEY
DOWN
THE BAYOU
FROM PORT BARRE TO LAKE FAUSSE: KAYAKING BAYOU TECHE
the water at the Port Barre boat launch and set
our course for Arnaudville, where we would
spend our first night in a newly restored and
updated 1890s Cajun/Creole cottage on the
banks of the Teche. Beyond living in a piece of
floating plastic in the middle of the bayou for
days at a time, we weren’t exactly roughing it.
We ate steak, drank good whiskey, found an
unexpected boiled seafood joint, devoured the
best fried catfish in Breaux Bridge, and never
had to sleep outdoors. Every night we were
able to find suitable accommodations to rest
our weary bodies.
The wildlife, ever-changing landscape,
and views that can only be experienced from
the bayou made the five-to-10-hour days
of paddling visually engaging (and helped
take my mind off the need to be constantly
paddling to make our daily destination
before nightfall). As my skin browned in the
mid-day sun, I could feel my arms, chest and
shoulders strengthen from
W R I T T EN the rhythmic strokes that
& P H O TO - pulled my kayak forward
GR A P H ED in the still waters of the
B Y DE N N Y bayou. At times it felt as
if we were in the middle of
C UL BE RT
the Amazon jungle while
at other stretches of our
journey beautiful homes and backyard pig
farms graced the horizon. The few people we
did see along the river were happy to see the
Teche being utilized and gave a friendly wave
as we glided by. Countless pairs of cardinals
(they mate for life) crossed our path, along
with snakes, nutria rats, great blue herons,
egrets and an alligator or two. We were even
treated to a display of aquatic acrobatics by a

F
group of guys with a fast boat and wakeboard.
The final day of the trip and possibly the
most rewarding, partially because it was the
end and partially because of the magical
ive days of constant paddling in the Louisiana sun can be giant cypress trees we paddled between on
rewarding, full of surprises, and at moments a little maddening the edge of Lake Fausse Pointe, wasn’t part
— especially for a first-time long-distance kayaker. That was of our original plan. We left the Bayou Teche
me. In May of 2016, I embarked on a journey down the Bayou on a whim at Charenton to travel north into
Teche with my friend Jesse Guidry for part birthday celebration the Atchafalaya Basin Spillway, past Grand
and part documentation of the waterway. Jesse, the birthday Avoille Cove and across the lake into Lake
boy, is an avid paddler and has more than a few bucket list Fausee Pointe State Park. Right at the end,
trips on his list, so I was happy to help him cross off this we caught a perfectly-timed spring shower to
Bayou Teche journey. I, on the other hand, was limited to cool us after a full day of exploration. Thanks
just a few floats looking for alligators in Lake Martin in my to those five days on the bayou I have a much
paddling history. Paddling the waterways of southwest Loui- greater appreciation for what the waterways
siana became my favorite hobby after this trip and inspired of Acadiana have to offer. As you get out and
me to buy my first kayak. explore this summer, hopefully you’ll find me
On a beautiful blue-skied morning, we loaded our crafts in the shade of the cypress forest floating in
(heavy with supplies for any situation plus my camera gear) into my favorite piece of plastic.

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What to Bring
I completely overpacked
on my first paddle trip.
This list is my essential,
in no particular order:

At least a half gallon of


water for drinking per day,
especially in the spring
and summer (this can
be replenished daily) //
Sunscreen // Whiskey, one
good bottle ought to do it
// Protein-rich snacks like
canned fish, smoked or
cured meats, and nut butters
for between meals // One
good pocket knife that can
cut both meat and rope //
Coffee grounds and stovetop
coffee pot // One can of your
favorite Cajun seasoning
mix and a small bottle of
hot sauce (you never know
when you'll encounter bland
food) // Water shoes or
sandals // One good pair of
shoes for walking around
towns and going out to
dinner // One respectable
set of clothes if you plan on
dining out at night // One
thin T-shirt for each day
you’ll be on the water //
Three pairs of comfortable
shorts // Camera plus extra
batteries and memory cards
// Binoculars for nature
watching // Dry bags and/or
watertight cases in which to
pack everything // Flashlight
or headlamp // At least one
likable paddling partner
(unless you're looking for
solitude, which can easily
be found on the Teche)

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Port Barre to Arnaudville The Bayou Teche is narrow with lush forests
on each bank for large stretches in this section of St. Landry Parish. It felt as if we
were floating through the jungle with the tree limbs reaching out over the water to
create a shaded tunnel heading south. We saw egrets feeding on snakes and frogs
along the banks as we became acclimated to life on the water. The end of our first day
was rewarded with a sno-ball at Wyble’s before retiring to the recently relocated and
renovated Cajun Creole Cabin with a back porch overlooking the Teche.

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Arnaudville to St. Martinville The longest stretch of the trip was full
of glimpses into backyard farms, a Little Blue Heron sighting, and a show of aquatic
sportsmanship. We took a short break in downtown Breaux Bridge to refuel with crispy
deep-fried seafood at Le Café. Cruising into our port for the night at dusk, we docked
near the bridge in town and hauled our gear a few blocks to an old church that had
been converted to a home.

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Where to stay
Hotels, Cabins and
Bed and Breakfasts

Arnaudville
Cajun Creole Cabin
airbnb.com/
rooms/11857463

Breaux Bridge
Bayou Cabins
bayoucabins.com
or
Bayou Teche Bed
and Breakfast
bayouteche-
bedandbreakfast.com

St. Martinville
A church built in 1904
that was converted to
a home
airbnb.com/
rooms/14252930
or
The Old Castillo Bed
and Breakfast
oldcastillo.com

New Iberia
Bayou Chateau
airbnb.com/
rooms/9203908

Charenton
Cypress Bayou Casino
(This stop requires
extra planning
because the casino is
not on the bayou and
is potentially
good end point
for the trip.)
cypressbayou.com

Lake Fausse Pointe


State Park
Campground
or Cabins
crt.state.la.us/
louisiana-state-parks/
parks/lake-fausse-
pointe-state-park

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St. Martinville to New Iberia A portage around the oldest operating
lock and dam in the Mississippi Delta is one of the challenges facing a paddler on
this segment of the bayou trail. If you give the St. Martin Parish Government a call
24 hours in advance you can be locked through (or assisted in passing), rather than
portaging around the dam. (337-394-2200)

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New Iberia to Charenton The water widens in this stretch of the bayou
with both industry and neighborhoods increasing along the banks lined with
elephant ear and cattail. On our lunch stop in Jeanerette we discovered the boiled
crabs and shrimp at T-Bob’s Seafood. We also picked up a fried pork chop at The Cof-
fee House, which serves up plate lunches rather than cold brew. Jeanerette is home
to LeJeune’s Bakery that has been baking French bread and ginger cakes since 1884.

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Where to eat
Meat, Fowl, Fish
and Shellfish

Port Barre
Boudin and the
famous Jalapeño
Sausage and Cheese
Bread at Bourque’s
Supermarket

Leonville
Champagne’s Marche
for fried chicken

Arnaudville
Little Big Cup //
Wyble’s Fireworks
and SnoBalls //
Russell’s Food Center

Breaux Bridge
Le Café for fried
catfish and shrimp

St. Martinville
The St John
Restaurant

New Iberia
Fromage for Grilled
Cheese // Bojangles
Sushi and Oysters
for raw seafood
and a martini

Jeanerette
T-Bob’s for boiled
crabs // The Coffee
Shop (not actually
a coffee shop) for
a fried pork chop
plate lunch

Charenton
Mr Lester’s
Steakhouse in
Cypress Bayou Casino
(This stop requires
extra planning
because the casino
is not on the bayou

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Charenton to Lake Fausse The final day of the tour we paddled into the
Charenton Drainage and Navigation Canal headed north across Grand Avoille Cove
and into Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. The cypress forest on the edge of the lake was
the most stunning natural wonder that we encountered in the five days on the water.
Floating in awe among the centuries-old giant trees we spotted wildlife ranging from
alligators to fishing osprey.

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AC AD I AN A

HOSPITALS
+ Innovations in care, procedures,
facilities and devices

Article by Will Kalec and list compiled by Ashley Hinson

I
I n Ac a d ia n a , th e hospitals a n d th e i r
staff evolve to meet the ever-changing healthcare
needs of the people of the region. For the 2017
Acadiana Profile Hospitals of Acadiana, we've
researched what's new and who is specializing in
what so you can determine when and where to get
the best treatment. Also this year, we focused on
the innovations in the care, procedures, facilities
and devices that are putting Acadiana hospitals at
the forefront of the medical profession.

— Melanie Warner Spencer

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Advanced Care Acadia Parish and its certified mammography
unit uses low-energy rays to
detect abnormalities. The hospital
Acadia General
currently ranks in the top percent in
Acadiana attracts medical profes- 1305 Crowley Rayne Hwy. Louisiana for heart failure treatment
sionals who are at the top of their Crowley
alh.org
and offers a variety of non-invasive
heart services. Oakdale Community
profession (337) 783 -3222 Hospital also offers two family
The nonprofit Acadia General health clinics in Oakdale and
serves Acadia Parish as part Elizabeth, Louisiana.
of the Lafayette General Health
system with 140 beds. The nonprofit Ascension Parish
facility has a 24-hour Emergency
Department in addition to acute St. Elizabeth Hospital
medical and surgical care in
oncology, orthopedics, gynecology, 1125 West Hwy. 30
podiatry, radiology, and vein Gonzales
therapy. Offsite, Acadia General steh.com
has two outpatient service facilities (225) 647-5000
in The Center for Wound Care and
The faith-based, nonprofit St.
Hyperbaric Medicine and Acadia
Elizabeth Hospital is one of
Central Imaging.
four hospitals in the Franciscan
Allen Parish missionaries of Our Lady Health
System, a five-hospital system
Allen Parish Hospital that serves almost 60 percent of
Louisiana residents with 1,800 beds.

S
108 Sixth Ave.
Kinder It has partnered with the Mary Bird
Symptoms of nostalgia enveloped Nettie Bruno
allenparishhospital.com Perkins Cancer Center for radiation
as she walked into Opelousas General Hospital on May oncology and has accredited
(337) 738-2527
30, 2017, a far cry from the excitement, nerves and angst cardiopulmonary services including
Allen Parish Hospital is an acute
the mother-to-be likely experienced when she passed respiratory therapy, cardiac testing,
and specialty care hospital that an MRI center and a telemetry
through these doors 60 years ago to the day. serves the tri-parish area of Allen, unit. The hospital also operates
To facilitate its first-ever patient, doctors at the then- Beauregard and Jeff Davis parishes. a community clinic in Gonzales,
new hospital opened two hours earlier than intended, Located in Kinder, APH offers providing services to patients ten
shepherding Bruno through the birth of her son, Andre. respiratory care, physical and and older who are uninsured or
occupational therapy, a cardiology
Back then, a concrete walkway out front hadn’t yet been clinic, 24-hour emergency services,
underinsured. St. Elizabeth was
recently named the Hospital of
laid, so Bruno — and all of the other hospital patients and more. Available home
the Year by the Louisiana State
that followed her on opening day — carefully stepped services include post-op care,
Nurses Association for the fifth time
over a series of wood planks to the entrance. Phone calls, physical therapy, speech therapy,
in addition to myriad accolades
nursing care, diabetic and blood
of which they weren’t many, were handled by an actual pressure testing and monitoring.
from the healthcare community,
switchboard operator. The entire operation consisted of 20 including being named one of
The hospital provides group and
the 100 Best Places to Work in
beds contained inside a small, three-story building, which individual therapy and professional
Healthcare® by Modern Healthcare
was more than suitable considering a little more than 100 counseling in its psychiatric
Magazine.
recovery unit for mental illness and
patients total were treated in all of 1957.
addiction. APH also works with the
Certainly, times have changed — a sentiment echoed by National Alliance on Mental Illness, Assumption Parish
many who attended Opelousas General’s anniversary party. which provides a free Family-to-
Today, Opelousas General Health System’s thumbprint Family Education Program that Assumption Community
is spread across three campuses. Its maximum patient covers everything from medication Hospital
side effects to current research on
occupancy is more than 10 times what it was on Day mental illness causes.
135 Hwy. 402
One. The entire medical staff is 200 people deep and is Napoleonville
Oakdale Community ololrmc.com/pages/assumption.aspx
supported by roughly 1,000 total workers making the care Hospital (985) 369-3600
provider one of the largest employers in St. Landry Parish. 
130 Hospital Drive Assumption Community Hospital
The scene at Opelousas General — a quantum shift Oakdale is a critical access hospital in with
between then and now — lends itself as a microcosm of oakdalecommunityhospital.com 15 beds. It operates as a nonprofit
the exponential growth witnessed in the medical field (318) 335-3700 hospital and is a branch of the Our
throughout Acadiana in the last decade. Once just a societal This 60-bed hospital offers both Lady of the Lake Regional Medical
necessity, medicine in Acadiana today is a vital economic inpatient and outpatient services, Center. Outpatient services include
including emergency, imaging, a smoking cessation program,
piston throughout the region that provides an essential
laboratory, cardiology, nutritional, breast cancer screenings and
economic buoy given the unpredictability of the energy cancer management, physical mammograms. As part of their
sector. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment normally therapy, respiratory care, family community outreach, Assumption
reserved for large metropolitan areas have blossomed in health, and women’s services. The Community Hospital also provides
towns like Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houma and Abbeville, hospital is accredited by the The health fairs and health screenings
American College of Radiology, to Assumption Parish residents.
thus attracting both capable and innovative medical minds. 

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Calcasieu Parish
Christus St. Patrick Hospital

Procedure
524 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive
Lake Charles
used the Spectranetics System to remove a
Innovations
christusstpatrick.org
blood clot. (337) 436 -2511
“These cases were complex, but we were Named for the patron saint of
able to achieve 100 percent clinical success,” Ireland upon the insistence of Dr.
Perhaps the greatest Dr. Walker says. “This outreach is an invalu- John Greene Martin, Christus St.
Patrick Hospital was dedicated on
testament to the medical able opportunity to share our knowledge and St. Patrick’s Day in 1908 and joined
technologies with the medical community in the Christus Health system in 1999.
procedure innovations China that has a patient population with a high The hospital offers many services,
taking place within and growing rate of peripheral arterial disease.” including neurology, women's,
pediatric,lgeriatric and behavioral
Acadiana is that they’re Much closer to home, in the spring of 2017, health services. It also houses a
doctors at Lafayette General became the second rehabilitation center and offers
not solely confined to group of medical professionals in the state of lung cancer screenings. The facility
is home to the Dubuis Hospital of
the imaginary borders Louisiana to perform full knee-replacement
Lake Charles, which provides care
surgery using MAKO technology. In layman’s to patients with complex medical
of the region terms, a “MAKOplasty” is a patient-specific, issues that require extended acute
robotic-arm procedure that enables surgeons care hospitalization, such as wound
care, rehabilitation, and ventilator
to leave vital tissue and ligaments
dependency.
unharmed during joint replace-  
ment. Previously, MAKO had Lake Charles Memorial
only been used in partial knee- Hospital
replacement surgeries.  1701 Oak Park Blvd.
After a CT scan of the knee is Lake Charles
lcmh.com
taken, MAKO software creates a
(337) 494-3000
3D surgical plan (the specifics of
As the only full-service community
the surgical plan vary from patient
hospital in Lake Charles, Lake
to patient). From there, during the Charles Memorial Hospital also
operation, the surgeon guides the serves as the largest community-
robotic arm step-by-step within owned nonprofit healthcare system
in southwest Louisiana. The hospital
the mapped-out area of the knee
has four campuses: Lake Charles
defined by MAKO in its pre- Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles
operative plan, thus protecting Memorial Hospital for Women,
the structural integrity of parts not Memorial Specialty Hospital and
Moss Memorial Health Clinic.
needing repair. Dr. Don Yeager
Specialty care services include
of Lafayette General has become inpatient and outpatient services,
so proficient in using the robot as well as a full-service trauma
and emergency department and

D
that he’s now instructing other
urgent care facility. A full range of
D r . C raig Wal ke r — who f o u n d e d th e surgeons in Louisiana how to fully utilize the
diagnostics and pathology services
pioneering Cardiovascular Institute of the MAKO system.  available include CT scanning,
South in 1983 as a one-doctor show in Houma Lafayette General advanced medical proce- ultrasound, nuclear medicine,
and watched it swell to a multiple-location, dures in Acadiana this May when Dr. Alan MRI, endoscopic, cardiovascular
and cancer diagnostics, ENT,
world-renowned practice that champions Appley performed a first-of-its-kind frameless
urology, psychiatry, rehabilitation,
research and state-of-the-art care Mako
Deep Brain Stimulation procedure orthopedic and sports medicine,
— visited China in November 2016 Technology. — a process used to treat symptoms obstetrics, gynecology, neurology,
and performed that country’s first Left to right: of Parkinson’s such as tremors, stiff- internal and pain medicine,
Total Hip, pediatrics and more.
use of laser and drug-coated balloon ness and slowed movement — using
Total Knee Lake Area Medical Center
technology in a limb-saving procedure and Partial
Medtronic’s Nexframe with O-Arm.
needed because of a blocked artery. Knee The technology affords the surgeon 4200 Nelson Road
In addition to performing the proce- a navigational component, so that the Lake Charles
lakeAreaMC.com
dures, Dr. Walker also conducted a instruments used in the procedure can
(337) 474-6370
series of instructional lectures around proper be tracked through the body in real time.
This 88-bed full-service acute care
operating methods of Spectranetics CVX-300 Previously, a pre-DBS surgery was required
hospital offers inpatient, outpatient,
Excimer Laser System (the same system used before the procedure itself so that the surgeons medical and surgical care for men,
at the CIS in Louisiana). could place assistance markers. Our Lady of women and children. With more
In one case at Beijing’s Xuanwu Hospital, a Lourdes is now also performing procedures than 200 physicians on the medical
staff, LAMC’s specialty services
70-year-old patient with a low-limb blockage using the robotic arm.
include cardiology, labor and
was able to have her leg saved when Dr. Walker delivery, a level III neonatal ICU.
Surgical services include robotics,

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and urology. The hospital also has gynecology, obstetrics, oncology

Device
a 24-hour Emergency Department. and more. The Joint Commission
Lake Area Medical Center is an accredited both facilities, which
accredited Bariatric Surgery Center, received Top Honors from LifePoint

Innovations offering a specialized weight loss


program. It also serves patients
at the Grand Lake Medical Clinic,
Hospitals for delivering quality care
and ensuring fiscal responsibility.
Savoy Medical Center
Lake Area Physicians and Surgicare
Game-changing equipment of Lake Charles, an ambulatory 801 Poinciana Ave.
outpatient surgical center. Mamou
impacts life for Acadiana patients savoymedical.com
West Calcasieu Cameron
(337) 468 -0346
Hospital
Located just outside the heart of
701 Cypress St.
Mamou, the 176-bed Savoy Medical
Sulphur
wcch.com Center is an acute care facility that
(337) 527-7034 is adjacent to the Savoy Cancer
Center. It services patients within
The 107-bed West Calcasieu a 30-mile radius, specializing in
Cameron Hospital was honored behavioral health, oncology, and
with the 2016 Women’s Choice rehabilitation. Savoy designates
Award ® for America’s Best Hospitals 34 beds for its psychiatric facility
for Patient Safety, and earned an and 10 beds for intensive care. The
A grade in the Spring 2016 update hospital is accredited by the Joint
to the Hospital Safety Score by Commission and accepts both
The Leapfrog Group, which rates Medicare and Medicaid.
how well hospitals protect patients
from accidents, errors, injuries,
and infection. The hospital offers Iberia Parish
an array of healthcare services,
including cancer care, cardiology, Iberia Medical Center
breast health, emergency medicine, 2315 E. Main St.
radiology and imaging, pediatrics, New Iberia
and more. It recently launched the iberiamedicalcenter.com

C
Co n si d e r i n g so f tball coac h e s co n d u c t m u c h area’s first specialized program for (337) 364-0441
breast cancer patients, designating
of their business in a cloud of dust and dirt, officials at a single nurse or other health After acquiring Dauterive Hospital
University Hospital & Clinics in Lafayette felt Michael professional to help patients and transforming it into its North
Lotief - the skipper of the nationally-ranked Ragin Cajuns navigate the path to recovery. Campus in 2016, Iberia Medical
WCCH also has a sleep center Center now operates as the
squad - was the perfect candidate to receive a state-of-the-art only hospital in New Iberia. The
and both cardiac rehabilitation
tracheotomy valve. The manufacturer agreed.  and cardiology services, along hospital is constantly growing and
In fact, Lotief became the first person in the country to be with servicing rural health clinics evolving, and recently added a
outfitted with the ProTrach DualCare, a valve that maintains in Hackberry, Vinton and Johnson hepatology clinic, inpatient surgery,
Bayou. Equestrian-based care and a cancer center to its North
the natural heat and moisture in the lungs of patients with
services are also available Campus. IMC is a full-service,
tracheostomies, enabling them to speak. The new valve is through the Genesis Therapeutic acute care hospital, providing
also a hygienic barrier between the lungs ProTrach Riding Center for patients with surgical, obstetrical, gynecological,
and the elements. Lotief underwent a DualCare developmental disabilities or brain pediatric, and emergency
injuries. WCCH also participates in services, critical care, cardiac
tracheotomy in August 2015.
Shots for Tots to provide inexpensive care, gastroenterological care
Amos Medical, the developer of the valve, receives or free immunization for children. and outpatient diagnostics. The
feedback from UHC on Lotief ’s experience with the device. facility also operates an outpatient
“In athletics, everybody wants to win all the time,” Lotief Evangeline Parish rehabilitation center, the Advanced
told UHC officials right after the installation. “When you Wound Center and the Jeanerette
Rural Health Clinic, and partners
face adversity, struggle and sometimes even failure, that’s Mercy Regional Medical
with Acadiana Diagnostic Imaging.
when you need your support structure….It’s good to see Center
In 2014, it earned the Women’s
these people took an interest in my care.” 3501 US-190 Choice Award for providing
With that said, not every device innovation is necessarily Eunice outstanding patient experiences by
acadianmedicalcenter.com Women Certified.®
designed for the betterment of just the patient. (337) 580-7500
For instance, the Cardiovascular Institute of the South
and Opelousas General Health System equipped its cardiac
800 E. Main St. Jefferson Davis
catheterization lab with a Biotronik Zero-Gravity Suspen-
Ville Platte
mercyregionalmedicalcenter.com
Parish
sion Radiation Protection Unit — an innovation that guards (337) 363-5684
Jennings American Legion
against radiation exposure when cardiologists are operating. The nonprofit Mercy Regional Hospital
The unit is mounted to the ceiling and affords up to a Medical Center formed when
1634 Elton Road
100 percent reduction in radiation exposure compared to Ville Platte Medical Center and
Jennings
Acadian Medical Center merged
an old-fashioned lead apron or movable shields. Therefore, in 2010 and now serves more than
jalh.com
it also protects physicians from neck and back strain over (337) 616-7000
97,000 patients annually under
time cause by wearing weighty lead protective gear. Dr. LifePoint Hospitals. Between the The Jennings American Legion
Kalyan Veerina, an interventional cardiologist, calls the two campuses in Eunice and Ville Hospital is the only American Legion
Platte, the hospital offers a 24-hour Hospital to be fully accredited by
device a “game changer.” emergency room, a cardiology the Joint Commission. It houses
center, pain management, the only cardiac catheterization
imaging, dialysis, gastroenterology, lab between Lake Charles

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Facility
and Lafayette, where Jennings cessation assistance. Surgical
American Legion Hospital can offer specialties include procedures
interventional procedures along for the head, neck, bladder, and

Innovations  with nuclear stress testing and


echocardiograms for those who
have recently undergone heart
breasts, in addition to neurology
and gynecology.

Capital improvements provide


procedures. The 24,000-square-
foot medical office building and
Lafayette Parish
32,000-square-foot patient tower
state-of-the-art care in Acadiana allow JALH to provide patients with
Heart Hospital of Lafayette
an emergency room, cardiology 1105 Kaliste Saloom Road
unit, surgical care, maternity ward Lafayette
and radiology services as well as hearthospitallaf.net
a web nursery for families to view (337) 470-1000
newborns. The hospital also offers
An affiliate of Our Lady of Lourdes,
a one-day Safe Sitter class for
The Heart Hospital of Lafayette
aspiring babysitters between 11
is faith-based and entirely
and 14 years of age.
focused on and designed for
the cardiovascular health of its
St. James Parish patients. The hospital has a 24-hour
Heart Emergency Center and a
St. James Parish Hospital Chest Pain Center, where patients
are taught to recognize and react
1645 Lutcher Ave.
to the early symptoms of heart
Lutcher
attacks. The Heartsaver CT scanner
sjph.org
scans the heart to uncover heart
(225) 869-5512
disease at its earliest stages, and
This nonprofit hospital, according the HEARTVantage free wellness

J
to its motto, is “large enough to program is the only free nationally
J u st m o r e tha n a d e c a d e ago, L a k e Cha r l e s serve, small enough to care.” The accredited specialized care facility
Memorial Hospital sparked an ambitious capital improve- cardiopulmonary department serves that focuses on heart health for
every age group, and the radiology patients. Its accolades include
ment campaign to the tune of $166 million. In that time, department provides ultrasounds, being recognized in 2014 by the
the 314-bed facility underwent renovations and expansions digital mammography, fluoroscopy, Veterans Health Association as a
to its cath lab, operation rooms, pediatrics center and its nuclear medicine and bone density Hospital Engagement Network Top
gastroenterology center, not to mention support services testing. The facility has a 25-bed Performer, and earning the Top
Acute Care Center Department, a Performer on Key Quality Measures®
like the cafeteria.  24-hour Emergency Department, by the Joint Commission.
The most ambitious facet of this medical makeover rehabilitation services, and a sleep
Lafayette General Medical
focused upon updating LCMH’s emergency room — a center that focuses mostly on sleep
Center
unit housed within Southwest Louisiana’s largest health apnea. St. James Parish Hospital
also provides general, orthopedic, 1214 Coolidge St.
system that handles up to 200 patients daily. As to not endoscopic and ophthalmological Lafayette
disrupt patient care, planners divided the renovations surgeries, along with wound care for lafayettegeneral.com
into four phases (currently, builders are in Phase Three ulcers, infections and skin grafts. The (337) 289-8088
of the overhaul.) hospital also has new therapy hours,
Lafayette General Medical
from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and frequently
Phase Two, which concluded in October 2016, enlarged hosts elderly coffee socials.
Center is the largest full-service
the waiting area, two triage stations and the fast-track area, hospital in Acadiana, and serves
as the flagship facility of the
along with increasing the number of beds. As ER Manager St. John the Baptist Lafayette General Health System.
Jon Grays says, “All of this is intended to improve the flow
Parish It has received accolades for its
of patients and the waiting times due to the increase of neurosurgery, vascular surgery,
patient volumes throughout the years.” Oschner Health Center - carotid surgery, prostatectomy,
River Parishes orthopedic services and surgeries,
Once all phases are complete, the ER renovation will and was the first hospital in
cost $14.5 million.  502 Rue de Sante Acadiana to perform an open-heart
Additionally, Lake Charles Memorial broke ground last LaPlace surgery and a craniotomy. The
ochsner.org/locations/ochsner- hospital also houses centers
September on a $19 million Behavioral Health Hospital
health-center-river-parishes for cancer, bariatric surgery,
— construction higher-ups felt it was a necessity so that (985) 652-3500 chronic care, neurology, strokes
patients will no longer have to clog up an already busy and orthopedics. It was the first
River Parishes Hospital provides
emergency room for behavioral health services. Located comprehensive care services telemedicine clinic in the area, and
near the current Memorial Hospital for Women campus throughout all life stages through received a $250,000 donation from
the James M. Cox foundation to
in South Lake Charles, the new behavioral center will primary care and specialty
expand its telemedicine services
appointments. The cardiac center
officially be called the Archer Institute to acknowledge to provide services for St. Martin
has a comprehensive program,
a large contribution made by local psychiatrist Dr. Dale including echocardiography, Parish students.
Archer, Jr. When completed, the facility will span 65,000 an exercise testing vascular Lafayette General Surgical
square feet and feature 102 beds. laboratory and nuclear studies. The Hospital
gastroenterology department treats
Down the road in Lafayette, the Sleep Center of Acadiana 1000 W. Pinhook Road, Suite 100
gastroenterological organs and
opened in March 2017, headed by Dr. Adam Foreman liver diseases, including Hepatitis B
Lafayette
and Dr. Kevin Hargrave. The facility houses six rooms for (337) 289-8095
and C. It also provides services out
comprehensive sleep studies and is capable of conducting of an occupational medical center Lafayette General Surgical Hospital
in LaPlace to treat work injuries is a short-stay hospital owned in
EEGs, Multiple Sleep Latency Tests, and Maintenance
and illnesses, as well as smoking part by the physicians that work
of Wakefulness Tests. 

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there. It specializes in surgical joining with Our Lady of Lourdes
and pain management services. Regional Medical Center in
Services include imaging, MRI, 2003, has 36 doctors who
acid reflux treatment, BAHA perform colon, rectal, ENT/
hearing implants, radiology, otolaryngology, general, OB/
EKG and lab services. Since its GYN, plastic, vascular and
opening in 2004, the hospital has orthopedic surgeries along
established a strong reputation with occupational and speech
and presence in Acadiana therapies. Park Place was
and has received full Joint announced as one of America’s
Commission accreditation and 100 Best Hospitals for Patient
won multiple awards. Lafayette Experience by the Women’s
General Surgical Hospital’s Choice Award ® for 2016. It is also
specialties include urology, the official surgical provider for
orthopedics, ENT, ophthalmology, the University of Louisiana at
cosmetic surgery, gynecology Lafayette Ragin’ Cajun Athletics.
and pain management.
Lafayette General
Lafayette Surgical Southwest
Specialty Hospital 2810 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.
1101 Kaliste Saloom Road Lafayette
Lafayette lafayettegeneral.com/
lafayettesurgical.com our_facilities/main_facilities/
(337) 769-4100 lafayette_general_southwest.
aspx
Built in 2004, Lafayette Surgical (337) 981 -2949
Specialty Hospital is physician-
owned and cares for 8,000 cases This facility, formerly known as
annually. It was named Hospital the Regional Medical Center of
of the Year by the Louisiana Acadiana, serves as an extension
Nurses Foundation for four of Lafayette General Medical
consecutive years and named Center’s main campus in the
by WomenCertified.com as Oil Center. Lafayette General
one of the top 100 hospitals for Southwest operates as a full-
patient experience. Specialties service acute care hospital that
include neurosurgery, as well is licensed for 131 beds.
as orthopedic, ENT, general, University Hospital
urological, gynecological and
plastic and reconstructive 2390 W. Congress St.
surgeries, along with pain Lafayette
management, radiological and lafayettegeneral.com
magnetic resonance imaging. (337) 261-6000

Our Lady of Lourdes University Hospital & Clinics is a


Regional Medical Center full-service acute care hospital
and serves as Acadiana’s Primary
4801 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. graduate medical education
Lafayette center. UHC offers charity care
lourdesrmc.com to patients who meet financial
(337) 470-2000 eligibility to receive treatment at
Founded by the Franciscan no or low cost. Lafayette General
Missionaries of Our Lady in 1949, Medical Center took over the
Our Lady of Lourdes employs 117-bed acute care facility in
more than 400 physicians and 2013. The hospital offers a free
moved to its new main campus screening program to women
on Ambassador Caffery Parkway through a grant funded by the
last year, which was the largest Centers for Disease Control
building project in the history and Prevention and free breast
of Lafayette. Lourdes houses screening mammograms for
the region’s only burn center for eligible patients. In addition
comprehensive burn care for to the full-service hospital,
both minor injuries and chemical University Hospital offers a
and electrical burns. Other variety of specialized clinics.
services include a cancer center, Women’s & Children’s
one of five stroke centers of Hospital
excellence in the state, a chronic
kidney disease clinic, wound care 4600 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.
center and after-hours clinics Lafayette
in Lafayette, Breaux Bridge and womens-childrens.com
Carencro. (337) 521-9100

Park Place Surgical Located on the campus of


Hospital Regional Medical Center of
Acadiana, Women’s & Children’s
4811 Ambassador Caffrey Pkwy has become one of Louisiana’s
Lafayette leading healthcare institutions
parkplacesurgery.com exclusively dedicated to
(337) 237-8119 women and children. It began
The physician-owned Park as strictly a birthing hospital,
Place Surgical Hospital, after and has expanded to become

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the second-largest birthing utilizes a collaborative patient-
hospital in the state. Some of centric approach to treat back
the available services include and neck pain. Healthgrades
emergency and intensive care, awarded the hospital with its
fertility and pediatric care, 2017 Patient Safety Excellence
surgical and imaging services, Award and its Outstanding
and rehabilitation. Patient Experience Award.

Lafourche Parish St. Charles Parish


Lady of the Sea General St. Charles Parish Hospital
Hospital
1057 Paul Maillard Road
200 W. 134th Place Luling
Cut Off ochsner.org/locations/
losgh.org st-charles-parish-hospital/
(985) 632-6401 (985) 785-6242
Lady of the Sea General Hospital Located in Luling, St. Charles
caters to patients in South Parish Hospital is a nonprofit
Lafourche through the main 59-bed acute care facility. This
campus and medical clinics in state-run hospital specializes in
Larose, Golden Meadow and emergency medicine, primary
Cut Off. Through a partnership care, podiatry, diagnostic
with the Cardiovascular Institute imaging and dialysis options.
of the South, Lady of the Sea It is fully accredited by the Joint
provides cardiology and Commission on Accreditation
cardiopulmonary services to of Healthcare Organizations.
the area. Other services include St. Charles Parish Hospital also
diabetes support, home health, operates the Plantation View
an intensive care unit, a renal Medical Offices in Destrehan to
dialysis center, wound care, provide specialties for primary
and an after-hours clinic for care, internal medicine, women’s
illnesses, injuries and infections. health, pediatrics, urology, and
The hospital has two community more.
pharmacies: one located inside
its Cut Off Medical Clinic by the
facility, and one located inside
St. Landry Parish
Frank’s Supermarket in Larose on
Opelousas General Health
Highway 3235.
System
Ochsner St. Anne Hospital 539 E. Prudhomme St.
4608 Hwy. 1 Opelousas
Raceland opelousasgeneral.com
ochsner.org/locations/ochsner- (337) 948-3011
st-anne
Opelousas General Health
(985) 537-6841
System is a 209-bed full-service
This hospital offers its services hospital that serves St. Landry
to residents of Lafourche Parish Parish residents and those in
and surrounding areas. The the surrounding communities.
facility provides services that Hospital specialties include
include a full-services emergency anesthesiology, cardiology,
department, stroke care, an dermatology, gastroenterology,
intensive care unit, and surgical emergency medicine, radiology,
specialties such as orthopedics, sleep medicine, family medicine,
urology, pain management, and more. The hospital also
and general surgery. It also provides an annual free
has maternity suites with community health fair.
4-D ultrasound, low-dose CT
scanning, and a blood donor
center. 
St. Martin Parish
Thibodaux Regional St. Martin Hospital
Medical Center 210 Champagne Blvd.
602 N. Acadia Road Breaux Bridge
Thibodaux (337) 332-2178
thibodaux.com Run by Lafayette General Health,
(985) 447-5500 St. Martin Hospital is a nonprofit
Serving the residents of critical-access hospital that
Thibodaux, Thibodaux Regional provides inpatient acute care,
Medical Center specializes in a rehabilitation unit and the
cancer treatment, women’s only 24-hour emergency care to
health, sports medicine, heart St. Martin Parish. Through the
and vascular care, wellness, Susan G. Komen Foundation, the
and weight management. The hospital provides free breast
hospital also has its own Spinal cancer screening mammograms
Center of Excellence, which for eligible patients.

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St. Mary Parish Terrebonne General
Medical Center
Franklin Foundation 8166 Main St.
Hospital Houma
tgmc.com
1097 Northwest Blvd.
(985) 873-4141
Franklin
franklinfoundation.org Terrebonne General Medical
(337) 828 -0760 Center is a public, nonprofit
health care system that opened
Serving the western St. Mary
in 1954 and has since grown to
Parish, Franklin Foundation
house 321 beds. The hospital has
Hospital is a 22-bed critical
a women’s center that focuses on
access hospital that has
breast health, and also houses
24-hour emergency services,
the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer
cardiovascular rehabilitation,
Center, inpatient and outpatient
nutritional services, wound care,
rehabilitation services, and
a four-bed intensive care unit,
provides emergency care. It is
inpatient and outpatient surgery,
home to one of the state’s few
radiology services, physical accredited stroke programs
therapy, respiratory care, and and was recently reissued its
more. The hospital also has a accreditation from the Joint
family care center in Baldwin. Commission for its Neonatal
Teche Regional Medical ICU. IN 2016, it received the
Center Women’s Choice Award ® as one
of America’s best hospitals for
1125 Marguerite St. orthopedics.
Morgan City
techeregional.com
(985) 384-2200 Vermilion Parish
This facility on the east side Abbeville General Hospital
of Acadiana serves Morgan
118 N. Hospital Drive
City, Berwick, and Patterson.
Abbeville
Teche Regional Medical Center
abbgen.net
provides emergency care,
(337) 893-5466
women’s services, inpatient and
outpatient rehabilitation services, The 60-bed Abbeville General
an intensive care unit, surgery, Hospital provides a wide range
radiology, and cardiopulmonary of medical care, emergency,
services. The hospital has a respiratory, and surgical
heart catheterization laboratory, services. The facility also has
a sleep laboratory, and an a therapy center, a 24-hour
intensive care unit. laboratory, a behavioral
medicine center. Offsite services
Terrebonne include an imaging center and
Parish telemedicine.  
Abrom Kaplan Memorial
Physicians Medical Center
Hospital
218 Corporate Drive
1310 W 7th St.,
Houma
(337) 643-8300
physicianshouma.com
lafayettegeneral.com/
(985) 853-1390
our_facilities/main_facilities/
This 30-bed hospital offers abrom_kaplan_memorial_
a full range of surgical and hospital.aspx
ancillary services. Physicians As a general acute care facility,
Medical Center provides general Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital
surgical services, gynecological serves its patients with general
services, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, nuclear
family practice, orthopedic medicine, radiology, CT scanning,
services, pain management, ultrasound, endoscopic and
gastroenterology, dermatology, colonoscopy procedures,
pediatric care, plastic surgery, rehabilitation, inpatient
urology, and bariatric surgery. psychiatric services, and more. It
The hospital receives many has 35 beds, and its emergency
international patients due to department is open 24 hours a
many of its 100-plus physicians day.
marketing their services
worldwide. PMC also offers
acupuncture.

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culture
Joie de vivre

les artistes

the man
behind
the mask
Abbeville
photographer Leo
Touchet shares tales
from the road at
Acadiana Center for
the Arts exhibit
By William Kalec
Portrait by romero &
Romero

Though it may sound


trite, the camera offered
Leo Touchet a window to
the world that stretched
far beyond the farms and
two-lane roads of Abbeville,
a small town now and an
even smaller town during
Touchet’s formative years.
Through a viewfinder
Touchet saw a child dressed
in tattered clothes inside
a Honduran schoolhouse
peeking over the shoulder of
his classmate for a homework
answer; two representatives
of different generations
sitting side-by-side on a
Rockefeller Center bench;
and an elderly couple staring
at their racing forms at the
old Evangeline Downs back
in 1973.
culture les artistes

Together, these pictures represented three


images from Touchet’s portfolio selected
from a pool of 500,000, all taken between
1965 and 1994, and displayed this summer
at the ACA exhibit “Leo Touchet: People
Among Us.” For two months, friends and
museum curators went through Touchet’s
expansive catalog, narrowing down
candidates until there were 34 images, to
cover four walls.
“However, a number of those they left
out were some of my favorites, so I slyly put
them back in,” Touchet says.
As captivating as those exhibit images
are, reducing Touchet’s camera to nothing
more than his “ticket” is a bit generic
and unjust. The seasoned photographer,
reflecting on a 40-year career and upcoming
second act inspired by Sir Elton John’s
recent photo acquisition, now understands
that for him the camera was cover for a shy,
introverted young man, allowing time for
the eccentric storyteller within to blossom.
“In a sense, the camera became like a
mask for me,” Touchet says. “Using the
camera, and having it between me and
whatever I was looking at, I had a mask on.
That’s kind of the way I felt about it. I was
always aware that there was more out there
beyond what I grew up around, but I would
have never seen it without a camera. But
not because I couldn’t go there, but because
I wouldn’t have had, I guess, the confidence
to do it without the camera.”
The story of how Touchet became a
photographer hints at the romanticism of a
bygone era, before everyone carried cameras
around in their pocket and when photo — through a guy he became friends with Cartier-Bresson smiled, then later
captions didn’t include hashtags. In 1964, at a bar (true story). That chance encounter suggested Touchet return home and capture
Touchet was a disillusioned employee at led to a plum gig photographing in Vietnam images of his own Cajun people. Touchet
an industrial design firm on Park Avenue for UNICEF, making him one of about two followed the advice, which is why much
in Manhattan. One day, he went to the dozen capturing the infant moments of the of his photo catalog looks so familiar to
Museum of Modern Art and paid particular struggle between the split nations. Acadians.
attention to a photography exhibit. In 1972, Touchet met his idol, French Throughout the years, Touchet’s images
“That was on a Sunday,” Touchet says. photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who — a few of which he captured despite
“On Monday I went out and bought a actually criticized him for mirroring his having a gun to his head and a knife at
camera.” style. his neck — appeared in LIFE, TIME,
From there, Touchet met the photo “Well, I learned from your stuff,” Touchet The New York Times, The Washington
editors of LIFE Magazine — the responded to the Frenchman. “That’s what Post, Fortune, The Boston Globe and U.S.
photographer’s Carnegie Hall back then happens.” News & World Report. Ultimately, when

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programs like Microsoft Corbis crushed the
economic viability of Touchet’s decade-long
hustle, he put down the camera and started
a woodworking practice in the later 1990s
and early 2000s.
“The thing about it is, your own eyes
can always see more than the camera allows
you to see,” Touchet says. “And when I put
it down for a while, I put photography out
of my mind, because if I kept it there it’d
be somewhat depressing. I concentrated
on other things, because I knew I couldn’t
make a living [on photography] anymore.
But I never lost the urge to photograph.”
The now grizzled camera vet is getting
back into the swing of things recently,
capturing images while vacationing in
the Olympic Peninsula of Northwest
Washington.
“What I miss — yeah sure, the travel
— but it’s mostly the unknown,” Touchet
says. “That’s what I missed. Everywhere you
turn, it’s something new. Whereas, when
you’re say wood-working, you’re in one
place, seeing the same things even if you’re
still creating.”
“Pictures are everywhere, that’s the easy
part,” Touchet says.
“I looked at the world in a whole differ-
ent way once I got that camera,” Touchet
says. “Before, I just wanted to go see places.
Now, with the camera, I wanted to go places
and do things.”

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culture la musique

legacy lost
Musician Sean Ardoin remembers vibrant Miller’s Zydeco Hall of Fame in Opelousas
By Michael Patrick Welch | Photos by Leslie Westbrook
In 1946, Eddie Richard, the Creole
owner of the largest amount of land in
St. Landry Parish at the time, bought his
six grown children their own dance hall
as a gift. Like some Creole king, Richard
ordered command performances near the
family home at Richard’s Hall on Highway
190, mostly from artists playing French “La
La Music,” as zydeco was then called.
Because of Richard’s, few argued
whenever Opelousas, Louisiana called itself
the “zydeco capital of the world.” But as of
this year, the club is gone, possibly forever.
Though not the swankiest dance hall, and
only large enough to fit 350 people on the
dance floor, Richard’s re-opened as Miller’s
Zydeco Hall of Fame in 2008, but was
gutted by a fire this year in April.
“Playing at Richard’s was a thing we all
aspired to do,” says 48-year-old “alternative
Creole” musician Sean Ardoin, whose
family drove often from Lake Charles to
Richard’s in his youth. “I have seen it from
both perspectives. I saw a lot of concerts at
Richard’s, and also three generations of my
family have played there: my grandfather,
my father Lawrence Ardoin, and now me
and my brothers.”
In terms of what the fire means for
the Ardoins and the future of zydeco in
the Acadiana area, Sean runs off a list
of important zydeco venues — Ki-Ki
and Slim’s Y in Opelousas, the Offshore
Lounge (Lawtell), Hamilton’s (Lafayette)
and Dauphine’s (Parks) — all now relics of
the past. “All of them, closed. All our iconic
dancehalls of zydeco are gone.”
Clifton Chenier drew the initial huge
crowds that put Richard’s on the zydeco
map. All of the greats performed there,
from Zydeco Force, to Boozoo Chavis
and Terrance Simien. Many live albums
were recorded at Richard’s, by the likes of
Nathan Williams and John Delafose, who
in 1994 suffered a heart attack while resting
right after a gig at the storied dance hall.
He died that evening.
Richard’s also became important to the
fabled “chitlin circuit” of underground
clubs that employed black musicians during
segregation. As such, the club hosted non-
zydeco acts such as legendary bluesmen
John Lee Hooker and B.B. King.
More recently, younger acts like Keith
Frank and Sean Ardoin’s brother Chris
Ardoin have helped keep the place’s reputa-
tion alive.

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on that tiny, hot stage, which remained
unchanged throughout its long life.
“The stage was only a foot high and the
ceiling was just seven feet,” he says. “It was
just a straight shot shotgun house, and even
if it had A/C in there, you wouldn’t have
been able to keep it cool in there when
everyone was packed in dancing.
“And it was all wood so it sounded great.
There were even handmade wooden chairs
and wooden tables. The whole outside was
wood, everything. So going up in flames —
yeah, if it caught fire there was no way…”
He trails off.
Dance hall researcher John Sharp said
something similar in New Orleans’s Gambit
Weekly in the days after the fire.
“The building was built with good, old
sturdy wood,” said Sharp. “Once a little bit
of it caught fire, that’s a lot of fuel. Now, it’s
a gutted big black hole.”
A family dispute between Richard’s
descendants closed the club down in 2006.
Dustin Miller reopened it in 2008 as
Miller’s Zydeco Hall of Fame, but to Sean
Ardoin it didn’t feel the same.
“They kept the vibe, they just cleaned
it up a little bit,” he says, but explains that
zydeco music had left the clubs a long
time ago, and could now mostly be seen
and heard only at trail rides. “The zydeco
scene that had beenin the clubs was all but
dead even by the time Mr. Richard died.
They had weekend shows at first but then it
became sort of by appointment only.”
Ardoin says the only great zydeco club
left is El Sido’s in Lafayette, owned by
Zydeco Cha-Chas bandleader Nathan
William’s brother Sid Williams.
“El Sido’s is not as old as Hamilton’s but
it’s been around for at least 37 years, and it’s
a great place.”
The reason for the fire at Zydeco Hall
of Fame has still not been determined.
“My brother Chris played Richard’s quite the lyrics, “We are going to Richard’s Club/ Reports state that “a local band” had
a bit right when he was getting really hot,” that’s the place that the people love/That’s practiced in the club an hour before the
says Sean Ardoin, “But no one could beat where they all like to go/Listen to Beau blaze began. Current owner Miller at first
Beau Jocque. The only person I’ve seen Jocque zydeco”. told reporters he would not re-open, but
really pack Richard’s out is Beau Jacque. At “So that was everybody’s pipe dream,” sounded conflicted when he told The Daily
his height of popularity, he’d have the entire says Sean Ardoin, “We were gonna pack it Advertiser, “I’ve been going there since I
club full, plus with another 500 people out like Beau Jacques. But no one ever did. was young, even before I was supposed to
outside dancing to that boom, boom-boom, And now I guess no one ever will.” be in there. You didn’t grow up in this town
boom-boom, boom-boom sound, that Sean Ardoin, who played the club only without going there.”
‘double clutching’ beat.” once following its ownership switch and Following days of intense community
Beau Jocque even recorded a song in rechristening as Zydeco Hall of Fame, outpouring, Miller later told The Advertiser
honor of the place, “Richard’s Club,” with describes the particular rush of performing he’s rethinking his decision.

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culture les personnes

homecoming
McNeese State assistant coach Kerry Joseph begins a new chapter in life
By William Kalec | Portrait by romero & Romero

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The road well-traveled instruction you give, the tone
took Acadiana Prep football you choose to deliver it, what
legend Kerry Joseph to four the message consists of and how
countries, two continents, three easy it is to understand matters.
leagues (one since defunct), So much of what you need to
eight teams (one since folded), know as a coach is psychologi-
and even a boomerang-ish cal. You can have the best game
switch from offense to defense plan, the best strategy, but if
then back to offense, which it’s not presented in the right
ultimately brought him to a way, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t
destination he would have work.”
reached had he just stood still If Joseph’s name sounds
22 years ago: home.  somewhat familiar for a guy
“I never thought about it, whose legacy was largely
but yeah, it’s funny how that cemented in the anonymity of
worked out,” says the second- Canadian professional football,
year co-offensive coordinator at there’s a reason.
Football Championship Subdi- In the late 1980s-early 1990s,
vision traditional powerhouse Joseph was a Friday-night
McNeese State, Joseph’s alma phenom behind center at
mater. “But it’s been a blessing New Iberia High School. Not
— a blessing working for [head surprisingly, scholarship offers
coach] Lance Guidry, who was from the SEC, SWC and Big
my old college roommate. He’s 8 came pouring in, but none
given me the chance and I’m afforded Joseph the opportunity
running with it. My wife even to play quarterback because
told me, ‘I think coaching is of his height (or lack of it), so
what you’ve been called to do’.” he signed at McNeese State
According to the numbers, and spent the next four years
she’s right. littering the record books with
In 2016, Joseph’s first his name. To this day, Joseph
season as wide receivers coach/ remains the school’s career
co-offensive coordinator at leader in passing touchdowns.
McNeese, the Cowyboys’ Despite immense collegiate
offense averaged 32.0 points and success, Joseph remained a
amassed 441.3 yards per game, few inches shorter than the
304.2 of which came via the NFL ideal when it came to
passing attack, which was good quarterbacks, so he transitioned
for second-best in the Southland into a bit of a human Swiss
Conference. Speaking on the Army Knife with cleats. With
eve of the upcoming season with the Washington Redskins,
the enthusiasm of a guy who he moonlighted as a running
knows his quarterback returns back but that didn’t stick. The
and will be dispensing the ball next year, the Seattle Seahawks
to a wide receiver corps seven or signed Joseph and converted
eight players deep, Joseph can’t him to defensive safety,
help but steer the conversation where he played four seasons
towards this bright future even and recorded three career
when answering questions about interceptions.
his playing past.   In 2003, Canada came
“You look at the game calling. The Ottawa Renegades
differently as a coach, and that’s offered Joseph the opportunity
something I began doing those to play quarterback, sparking
last three years in Edmonton a decade-long career up north
[in the Canadian Football that resulted in a championship,
League] — viewing from a an MVP season and a reason for
coach’s perspective, really for New Iberia to throw a parade
the first time,” Joseph says. and give Joseph the key to the
“And it’s not that I learned city in 2008. All that fanfare
what to do, it’s that I learned amounted to squat when Joseph
what not to do…because every searched for a transition from

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les personnes

the field as a player to the sidelines as a


coach.
A process he simply calls “a grind”
began officially in 2014 when Joseph
completed a three-week coaching intern-
ship with the New Orleans Saints. From
there, Joseph attended the Senior Bowl
in Mobile, Alabama (a scouting combine,
but also a huge networking event) and the
American Football Coaches Association
convention, all while working with Nike’s
Elite 11 high school quarterback academy
and offering personal training on the side.
“When you’re looking for a job, and
you’re at coaching conventions, it’s hard
to get people to talk to you,” Joseph says.
“Now that I have a job, when you go,
everyone wants to talk to you. That’s just
how it works. That’s why I’m so thankful
for the opportunity. And now that I have
it, you try and make the most of it.
“I said from day one I wouldn’t be one
of those coaches screaming and cussing,”
Joseph says. “Sure enough, that didn’t last.
There were times when my position guys
tried me, and it got a little heated. I had to
engage with them and let them know, ‘this
is real’.”
Because of Joseph’s equity in the region,
he’s assigned to recruit the well-stocked
high schools in and around Lafayette —
programs now run by some former team-
mates and former opponents — which
creates plenty of trips down memory lane
as Joseph attempts to restock McNeese’s
roster with talent from a vital area.
Currently, 28 players on McNeese State’s
football roster hail from the 22-parish
Acadiana region.
“It all comes down to a matter of trust,”
Joseph says of both finding new players
and teaching current players. “Do these
guys trust you? And can I trust them, and
can the man next to them on the field
trust them to do what’s expected. And
I think it helps break the ice that when
these kids look at me, they know I’ve been
somewhere where they want to go…I
don’t make it all about me, because there
are guys here that could [not] care less
about what I’ve done — and really, I like
that. ‘It’s not about your past career. What
can you do for me?’ But they all wanna get
there — playing in the NFL, earning a
living playing this game.
“So it’s not who I am that earns their
respect, but where I’ve been that earns that
respect. ‘How did you get there? Because
that’s where I want to be’.”

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culture en français, s’il vous plaît

la
chevrette
toute-
puissante
le Créole aux oiseaux
par david cheramie

Quand on s’appelle Cheramie,


il est difficile de nier ses origines
du Bayou Lafourche et encore
plus difficile de se promener
sans couteau de poche. Je
m’explique. Les hommes Chera-
mie ont la réputation d’avoir testant pour le Débarquement des deux saisons de pêche : la la bonne santé des estuaires
toujours une arme blanche sur en Normandie. Ou encore saison de mai et la saison d’août, en mangeant le détritus et la
eux. On peut croire que c’est dû d’autres qui sont allés construire respectivement. Normalement, matière organique en décompo-
à une fâcheuse habitude d’être et desservir les plateformes l’une chasse l’autre. C’est-à-dire sition dans les eaux saumâtres.
paré pour une bataille farouche pétrolières dans la Mer du qu’une fois les petites chevrettes Une fois la maturité atteinte,
à tout moment, ce qui n’est pas Nord, affrontant les houles qui blanches apparaissent dans la chevrette retourne aux eaux
forcément faux, mais je le tiens peuvent atteindre des hauteurs les filets avec les brunes, on ouvertes du golfe où les pêch-
de source sûre que cela vient montagneuses. D’autres ferme la première saison et eurs et leurs filets les attendent.
d’un héritage familial tout à fait légendes locales racontent que on attend que les blanches Par la suite, les acheteurs, les
honorable et même noble. Mon pendant la Prohibition, les atteignent une taille suffisante revendeurs et éventuellement les
grand-père, comme plusieurs pêcheurs de chevrettes étaient pour ouvrir la deuxième. Il ne consommateurs, que ce soit les
membres de sa famille, était un particulièrement efficaces à faut pas avoir un œil d’expert individus ou les restaurateurs,
pêcheur de chevrettes. Il avait transporter de l’alcool sans se afin de les distinguer, même acheminent ce don de la nature
un bateau qui s’appelait, pour faire prendre, mais ça c’est une si elles sont semblables. La vers les cuisiniers qui préparent
une raison qu’on n’a jamais pu histoire pour un autre jour. chevrette blanche est facilement les gombos, les po-boys, les
m’expliquer, Little Italy. Les Tandis qu’on peut s’étonner reconnaissable à la couleur verte étouffées et les autres merveilles
Cheramie se sont étendus vers qu’il existe un festival dédié au bout de sa queue. Aussi culinaires.
Delcambre et Caméron comme à la fois aux chevrettes et à les blanches sont un peu plus Alors, pourquoi les Cheramie,
d’autres parce qu’on avait besoin l’industrie pétrolière, comme grandes et leur goût mieux ces grands pêcheurs de cette
de trouver d’autres zones de à Morgan City, en Louisiane apprécié par certains. petite crustacée, avaient toujours
pêches, tellement il y avait on comprend l’équilibre délicat La chevrette commence un couteau dans la poche? Tout
de compétition pour ce petit qui existe entre les deux. Même et finit sa vie, si elle peut simplement pour découper les
délice. À beaucoup d’égard, s’il est parfois perturbé, on compléter le cycle, dans le filets avant de se noyer si jamais
le développement de la vie ne peut pas nier l’importance golfe. Les adultes pondent ils tombaient par-dessus bord.
économique du sud de la Loui- capitale que ces deux activités leurs œufs là, les brunes toute Plus précisément mangeur que
siane dépendait de l’habilité jouent dans l’économie et l’année, les blanches seulement pêcheur de chevrettes, mais un
avec laquelle les capitaines des même la culture. Néanmoins, sous la stimulation de la bonne peu batailleur quand même,
bateaux de pêche sillonnaient considérons la chevrette un température. Les courants et les j’utilise un couteau qui sert
les eaux chaudes du Golfe instant. Son nom est synonyme marées poussent les larves vers plutôt à défendre mon assiette
du Mexique à sa recherche. de petitesse, mais elle est les estuaires où elles continuent contre les gens qui pensent que
Plus tard, ces talents ont pu toute-puissante. Elle comprend leur croissance vers l’âge adulte. je voudrais partager cette grande
se transférer vers les chantiers plusieurs espèces, mais seule- À chaque étape de sa matura- richesse.
navals, comme Higgins ment deux sont pêchées dans tion, la chevrette et à la fois
Shipyard, où mon grand-père l’eau salée du golfe: la chevrette proie et prédatrice, tenant une
a piloté les bateaux Higgins brune et la chevrette blanche. place essentielle dans la chaîne For an English translation,
sur le Lac Pontchartrain en les Chacune est associée avec une alimentaire. Elle contribue à visit acadianaprofile.com.

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