Photo Caption: Paul Guillory (left), chairman of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, Jimmy Brown (center), owner of Brown’s Food Center, and Monte Hurley (right), Creole Nature Trail All-American Road District board member



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Kelli Fontenot, media/public relations manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Brown’s Food Center
Creole Nature Trail All-American Road 2018 Business of the Year


LAKE CHARLES, La. (March 26, 2019) – For the first time in history, Brown’s Food Center was awarded the 2018 Creole Nature Trail Business of the Year award.

Celebrating 40 years of business, Brown’s Food Center has been a cornerstone for local residents and a vital component in the growing success of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.  Located on Main Street in Hackberry, Louisiana, Brown’s Food Center sits on the main loop of the Creole Nature Trail (CNT) that takes visitors from Sulphur and loops through Cameron Parish to end in Lake Charles.  Brown’s serves as a hub for food, fuel, and homemade specialties for visitors that come from near and far to view the breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife on Creole Nature Trail.  Along with their locally-admired crispy boudin balls, which are a must-eat while stopping here on the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, Brown’s has been home to a CNT kiosk since October of 2012.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the Creole Nature Trail.  We strive to be advocates of everything the trail offers and represents and are proud of the impact it continuously has on the growth of Southwest Louisiana,” said Jimmy Brown, owner of Brown’s Food Center and CNT District board member since 1995.

The Creole Nature Trail, one of only 43 scenic byways designated as an All-American Road in the USA, is a unique experience that appeals to just about every traveler. It is a blend of people and nature and a rare opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Naturalists appreciate the world-class bird and alligator populations and the oak cheniers found in only four locations worldwide, while visitors looking for leisure activities can try the top-notch fishing, hunting, crabbing, boating, nature photography and other outdoor adventures that make the byway a recreational paradise.

For more information on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, visit For more information on Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana, call (337) 436-9588 or visit