Friday, May 22, 2015

Food Network Star Features Local Foodie!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that Jay Ducote of Bite and Booze has accomplished another indescribable feat: becoming a finalist on Food Network Star! He, along with 11 other culinary professionals, will be competing on Season 11 of this 11-week journey featuring multiple food challenges. The show comprises both exceptional culinary skills in the kitchen and a personality to match!

Photo courtesy of Bite and Booze.

As many locals know, Jay deems himself a food ambassador for South Louisiana, which is where his passion for food was discovered. Jay describes himself as a blogger, radio host, and a professional tailgater! He even states that his initial inspirations came from his tailgating experiences on LSU's campus! Since then, he has taken his charismatic personality and culinary skills to a whole new level with his blog, Bite and Booze.

Prior to becoming a finalist on Food Network Star, Jay had already cultivated an immense buzz around the South! He has won numerous cooking competitions and media awards, participated in cooking demos, and has been featured countless times by local news stations. Thus, with his already diverse experiences in the culinary realm, Jay is more than ready to extend himself to this nationwide competition!

Photo courtesy of Bite and Booze.

Please join us on Sunday, June 7th as we celebrate Jay's success and the viewing party for the premiere episode of Food Network Star! We'll be located at both Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar and in North Boulevard Town Square beginning at 5pm. There will be food, booze and live music for you to enjoy prior to the viewing! It's free admission, so bring your friends and family!

For more information, check out Jay's interview with Food Network!


Posted by:
Erinn Sala, Communications Intern



Erinn is the Communications Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. As a Baton Rouge native, she is eager to promote all of the extensive experiences the Capital City has to offer! She enjoys Louisiana Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium and long runs around the University Lakes. Erinn is a Show Me Your Mumu enthusiast and an avid Olivia Pope fan. Geaux Tigers & #GoBR!


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5 Super Tips for Your Superfest!

With Bayou Country Superfest quickly approaching, we figured some helpful tips were long overdue! As the country festival enters into its sixth year in Tiger Stadium, here are 5 things you should know whether you're a newcomer or a previous attendee:

1. Know the 2015 performers!

SATURDAY, MAY 23


SUNDAY, MAY 24


Photos courtesy of Bayou Country Superfest.

2. Embrace the Purple and Gold!

Although not every country fan will share LSU's motto of "bleeding purple and gold," they will have the opportunity to experience a Louisiana Saturday (or Sunday!) night in Death Valley. Whether you are new to the scene or have witnessed the thrill and anticipation of a football game in the stands, Death Valley speaks for itself in matter of enthusiasm, excitement and energy. Need a quick conversation starter? Ask the person next to you what being a Tiger means to them!


3. Chance of Rain... Maybe?

While loving purple and living gold, there is one thing all Baton Rouge fans can agree on: Chance of rain? Never! However, this pure optimism sometimes gets the better of us. And Bayou Country Superfest is no exception. So go ahead and pack that mini umbrella or poncho. Otherwise, you may be left dancing in the rain!

4. Dress for the Occasion!

In addition to the chance of rain, the Louisiana heat is hard to miss! Try to wear clothing that is light, breezy and won't show those inevitable sweat stains. Also, opt for sandals and cowboy boots being that you will be on your feet (dancing, hopefully!) for most of the day.

Need a local's advice on outfit specifics? Check out Rodeo, Hemline, Vertage or other local boutiques for great options!!



5. ENJOY!

Now that you're hopefully well prepared for the big day, don't be afraid to enjoy it! Sing like you're in the shower, dance like nobody is watching and don't be afraid to let loose a little! And last but not least, Geaux Tigers!

Posted by:
Erinn Sala, Communications Intern



Erinn is the Communications Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. As a Baton Rouge native, she is eager to promote all of the extensive experiences the Capital City has to offer! She enjoys Louisiana Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium and long runs around the University Lakes. Erinn is a Show Me Your Mumu enthusiast and an avid Olivia Pope fan. Geaux Tigers & #GoBR!


Follow Erinn on Twitter or via Instagram.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Where to Eat in BR: Spanish Town Market

When I go somewhere new, I'm definitely the type of tourist that likes to immerse myself in the "locals experience." I'm talking about the local dive, hole-in-the-wall places that are the locals' best kept secret. Seeing that it is my duty to share all that is great in the Red Stick, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you about one of my favorite local spots--Spanish Town Market.

Via Spanish Town Market

Before I delve into the awesome food, let me give you a little bit of background on the area. Built in 1862, Spanish Town is Baton Rouge's oldest neighborhood.  The neighborhood has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and I must say, it's one of my favorite areas of town to hang out in. It's conveniently located Downtown, and it's in walking distance of the State Capitol.

Now on to the Market: I've lived in Baton Rouge for almost 5 years, and I seriously don't understand how it took me until last year to find one of my now-favorite restaurants. In fact, the Market has been a part of the Baton Rouge community for over 100 years! One of my favorite aspects of the store is the sense of community that you feel immediately upon walking in. It's not rare to find locals playing music together or striking up a friendly conversation with you.

Via Spanish Town Market

Although Spanish Town Market is known for its delicious burgers, you simply can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Fresh sandwiches, burgers and po-boys are just some of the delicacies of the Market. Every day beginning at 5 p.m., you can count on the Spanish Town Market to serve you up some of the freshest pizza I have ever tasted. 

Via Spanish Town Market
Via Spanish Town Market
Via Spanish Town Market

In fact, I had dinner there earlier this week and my theory still remains fool-proof. You just can't go wrong with anything on the menu. A new favorite of mine is the T.B. Jake sandwich. The picture simply doesn't do it justice...I guess you'll just have to come down to Baton Rouge and try it out for yourself!


Next time you come in town, make sure to check this place out! And bonus: it's also a GREAT spot to catch the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade. For more information on Spanish Town Market, click here.

What are some of your favorite local dives in BR?

Posted by:
Cathy Juarez, Visit Baton Rouge

Cathy is the Destination Content Manager for Visit Baton Rouge. Though born and raised in New Orleans, Cathy fell in love with Baton Rouge throughout her time as an LSU undergraduate. Cathy is passionate about promoting tourism in Louisiana, and you can find her exploring festivals, local dives and attractions in the ever-growing Capital City. Geaux Tigers and #GoBR!

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