Louisiana’s 2016 Official Inspiration Guide is now available and just a glance at its cover hints that it digs even deeper than its predecessor into the state’s Cajun and Creole cuisine and its twists on Southern, American and ethnic fare.
Last year’s guide, titled “A Culinary Celebration,” featured noted Louisiana chef Cory Bahr of Monroe in an outdoor setting sharing Louisiana seafood from an iron skillet. For this year’s “Stir Up Your Passions” guide, however, Bahr and six acclaimed counterparts (Donald Link, Sue Zemanick, John Folse, Leah Chase, Emeril Lagasse and John Besh) are working a cauldron of gumbo (a stew-like Louisiana soup) on the grounds of the antebellum Kenilworth Plantation mansion.
While the 2015 guide introduced or re-familiarized travelers with Louisiana cuisine, the new edition goes into greater detail on where to find it, from restaurants and food trucks to music festivals, in both major cities and off beaten paths.
Emphasis is also on experiences – on learning to cook Louisiana fare via schools, food tours and other hands-on ops; exploring the regions that shaped the state’s food via Louisiana Culinary Trails; and where to find food items to bring back home. All of this, plus the history and evolution of the food and even how to pronounce it properly, are presented in feature articles laced with colorful, active photography – giving the guide a feel more of a travel magazine than a site directory.
Blended with food offerings is a wealth of information on Louisiana’s second-biggest traveler draw, its music. Louisiana is the birthplace of jazz, Cajun and zydeco and played vital roles in the creation and evolution of blues, country, rock and every other American genre. Visitors will also find other popular Louisiana go/see/do activities, comprehensive listings of restaurants and overnight providers and overviews of other assistance resources ranging from special interest Web pages to apps.
The 2016 Inspiration Guide is available at Louisiana welcome centers statewide. You can request a copy of the Louisiana Inspiration Guide on the LouisianaTravel.com website.