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International Chef Amanda Cusey Brings a Unique Flair to The Villa’s Kitchen

5/25/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Culinary
In late 2016, internationally-trained chef Amanda Cusey was looking for an executive chef position in the Lake Area. At the same time, Mike Sperandeo was gearing up to open his new restaurant, The Villa , and was searching for a stellar chef. The timing could not have been better for both. It was a perfect match. As a child, Amanda moved around the
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The Ultimate Lake Charles Breakfast Guide

3/23/2018 by Amanda Reeves
Posted In:  Culinary
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with all the options we have at our local eateries it can be the tastiest too! Whether you’re looking for healthy fare or a Cajun/ Creole spin on the traditional breakfast, Southwest Louisiana has got you covered. If you haven’t tried The Bekery yet, you need to get there
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You Voted! 2017 Top 20 Local Favorites Restaurants

5/16/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
There is no question – we take food seriously in Southwest Louisiana. If you ask someone “Which is your favorite SWLA restaurant?” or “Where do you like to eat?” – they’ll let you know the answer QUICK! They might even have a few different favorites. Throughout past few months, we asked YOU to vote for your most loved local restaurants. The votes
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How to Clean Your Catch

3/22/2017 by William Precht
Posted In:  Culinary, Outdoors
Spring is a time when flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the fish are biting! Here in Southwest Louisiana, we without-a-doubt have some of the best fishing around. Lake Charles’ proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the rich marshlands along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road provide thrilling opportunities for both fresh and
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Untapped: Louisiana Winter Beer Fest + Ticket Giveaway

2/9/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Okay all you beer lovers, I know you didn’t need an excuse to celebrate the awesomeness that is craft brews, but you’re not going to want to miss this one. The 3rd Annual Louisiana Winter Beer Festival on Saturday, March 4 at the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank building from 1-5 p.m. (12 p.m. for VIPs). The big day is quickly approaching,
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King of King Cakes (Taste-Off & Giveaway)

2/2/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
It’s the most popular food during Mardi Gras – king cake . And, it’s because of these delicious brioche-rich, colorfully iced cakes that Mardi Gras truly is the most WONDERFUL time of the year. I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoy king cake for breakfast, during my coffee break, and for dessert. In fact, I’ll make any excuse to grab a slice. Who’s
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Christmas Gumbo Recipe

12/11/2016 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
For many in Southwest Louisiana, the Christmas meal is a big pot of gumbo. Make any it style you like, but I’m partial to a rich and savory bowl of seafood gumbo served along with a big loaf of garlic French bread. Yum…I can almost taste it now. Delicious! It actually works out nicely. You can make your gumbo the day before (or early Christmas Day)
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