For Immediate Release
October 4th, 2022
Discover Monroe-West Monroe
CORY BAHR BRINGS A TASTE OF LOUISIANA TO CHARLOTTE
Local Chef is One of 14 Louisiana Chefs Selected to Participate in Culinary Event in November
MONROE-WEST MONROE, LA – Cory Bahr is one of 14 top Louisiana chefs heading to Charlotte to feature the state’s unique flavors in several of the area’s top restaurants. Discover Monroe-West Monroe, the Louisiana Travel Association, the Louisiana Office of Tourism and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board have partnered to present the “Louisiana X Charlotte Restaurant Night” on Thursday, November 3, 2022 as part of the Louisiana Culinary Trails tourism marketing campaign.
This extraordinary event combines the culinary expertise of chefs in Louisiana and Charlotte to spice things up in the kitchen and offer Charlotteans a taste of the Bayou State’s vibrant culture and flavorful cuisine. The Louisiana X Charlotte Restaurant Night will feature 28 chefs total at 14 restaurants, each offering a one-of-a-kind experience available at various price points presented as a private ticketed dinner, a prix fixe menu or special featured dishes.
“Food is a way of life in Louisiana, and our culinary heritage and flavors are unlike anything else in the country,” says Louisiana Travel Association Executive Vice President Laura Cating. “With multiple direct flights to Louisiana, we’re excited to give Charlotte residents a sample of the flavors of Louisiana, inspiring them to make Louisiana their next travel destination.”
Prior to the restaurant night, Discover Monroe-West Monroe will also be attending the Restaurant Night Media Preview reception, where the Louisiana chefs will prepare the state’s delicious cuisine with our fresh seafood featured for key influencers, encouraging media to write about the Louisiana culinary experience.
Cory Bahr is the owner & founder of Parish Restaurant, Standard Coffee Co. and Heritage Catering in Monroe, Louisiana, where he was born and raised. Cory inherited a passion for the great outdoors and cooking—spending weekends at the family hunting camp, running fishing lines, and hunting whatever was in season. Parish, an homage to what is most important to Cory—community, culture, and culinary heritage—presents an inventive take on classic Southern dishes utilizing live fire cooking that makes use of all the flavors, technique and heritage of his beloved Delta region. He offers honest dishes with a strong sense of place, for which he has earned national recognition.
Other participating chefs include:
Chef Ryan Trahan, Vestal, Lafayette
Chef Madonna Broussard, Laura’s II Café, Lafayette
Chef Amanda Cusey, Louisiana Seafood Queen 2022 and The Villa Harlequin, Lake Charles
Chef Lyle Broussard, Barstool Sportsbook inside L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles
Chef Ross Dover, Palmettos on the Bayou, Louisiana Northshore
Chef Amanda Songbird, Cured. On Columbia, Louisiana Northshore
Chef Celeste Gill, Chef Celeste Bistro, Baton Rouge
Chef Jeremy Langlois, Latil’s Landing at Houmas House, Ascension Parish
Chef KJ Townsend, Quizine Quarters, Houma
Chef Ben Fidelak, Mariner’s, Natchitoches
Chef Johnnie Gale, Crawfish Town USA, St. Martin Parish
Chef Tootie Morrison, Earnestly Tootie’s Chef Services, Shreveport-Bossier
Chef Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans
Reservations are available now for what’s sure to be a memorable meal and can be made by contacting the participating restaurants directly. For more information on the event, chefs and restaurants, visit the event website www.louisianaxcharlotte.com.
ABOUT LOUISIANA CULINARY TRAILS
Since 2008, the Louisiana Travel Association and its partners have promoted the unique culinary scene throughout the Bayou State with the Louisiana Culinary Trails campaign. In addition to providing foodies and travelers from around the globe with mouthwatering road trip ideas, it also takes the program on the road to major cities throughout the country to inspire travel throughout the state of Louisiana. With several direct flights from Charlotte to Louisiana cities and with the exciting food scene in Charlotte, the Queen City is an important market for Louisiana tourism. American Airlines offers direct daily flights to New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Shreveport. For more information about the Louisiana Culinary Trails program, visit www.louisianatravel.com/culinary
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ABOUT DISCOVER MONROE-WEST MONROE
Discover Monroe-West Monroe promotes Ouachita Parish as a destination for leisure travel, conventions, meetings, and sporting events creating a positive economic impact for our local community through increased visitor spending and sales tax collections. For more information about Discover Monroe-West Monroe, visit www.monroe-westmonroe.org.