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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year
Pappy. It is one word in the Whiskey world that everyone should know. Hailing the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery, the 15 Year Pappy is a 107 proof behemoth of a bourbon. Its nose fills the nostrils with a strong and bold caramel reduction kind of aroma. I could sniff it all day. Vanilla, honey, and oak are all present on this nearly perfect bouquet. Seriously, somebody needs to invent a candle that smells like Pappy 15. The wheated whiskey slams into your taste buds with a vengeance. My tongue tingled from the singe of the cinnamon-like spice profile. The heavily boozy bourbon lingers around on the back end, too. It is astringent and viscous, staying with you from the lips down your throat as it burns on the end while trickling down like syrup. But it hurts so good. It is high octane but even fuller on flavor. There is so much beauty going on in this bourbon and it is perhaps even masked by being 107 proof. I should have tried it again with a few rocks or just a dash or two of water to open it up some. Good thing I have more, so I can. This whiskey is rare. If you ever see it available, make sure to grab it while you can. It may be even more rare after the recent bourbon heist, but that mostly saw stolen 20 Year Pappy, the slightly more aged brother of the 15 Year. I got my bottle from the kind heart of Todd at the Turtle Bar at Houmas House. He might have it available by the dram for anyone who wants to try it. I owe that man a steak or something.

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Average Score 91.0


Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

Monday, October 28, 2013

GIVEAWAY: LCI Basic Knife Skills Leisure Class

BASIC KNIFE SKILLS AND COOKING HOW TO'S
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Chef Derrick Beverly, CEC, ACE, CDM

I'm giving away two spots for this upcoming leisure class at the Louisiana Culinary Institute to one lucky winner. You and a guest will be able to attend the class on Monday, November 4th from 5:30 to 8 PM. Chef Derrick Beverly will show you how to use and feel comfortable with your kitchen knives. He will show you how to properly cut vegetables, meats, and fish. He will also teach you basic cooking techniques that you can use in your own kitchen. Plus, you can bring your kitchen knives and get them sharpened (limit 3 per person)! At a minimum, a chef's knife is required for this class but you might as well bring your whole set or at least three that you'd like to get sharpened. The two tickets to this class are a $250 value that I'll be giving away to one lucky reader!

To win, leave a comment below telling me how you'd like to improve your knife skills. It could be learning how to properly hold a knife, learning when to use each kind of knife, or getting pro tips on how to chop and onion or dice a bell pepper. For an extra chance to win, send a tweet to @biteandbooze and @LAculinary with the link to this post in it or mention Bite and Booze and the Louisiana Culinary Institute on Facebook when sharing the link to this post!

You have until the end of the day on Wednesday to enter and I'll be informing the winner of their free leisure classes on Thursday!

Also, gift certificates for LCI leisure classes are available and are perfect for holiday gifts. If you know anyone interested in cooking or entertaining, they'll love an LCI leisure class!

For more about LCI, watch this video that I helped produce with TommysTV:

Friday, October 25, 2013

225: Into the Mix Episode 7 - Anthony's Italian Deli

Anybody who ever asks me anything about hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Baton Rouge will hear me rave about Anthony's Italian Deli. I highlighted their muffaletta for Town Favorites magazine years ago when Bite and Booze first started. Country Roads magazine readers selected Anthony's muffaletta as the best sandwich in Baton Rouge in the 2012 Favorite Things issue after I got to name my top five. And now for 225, I return to Anthony's Italian Deli to try something new. The large meatball poboy is built on muffaletta bread and has a signature homemade red sauce that you really need to try! Check out what goes into the mix, then head down Florida Boulevard to try it for yourself!


In case you missed them:
225: Into the Mix Episode 1 - Mason's Grill
225: Into the Mix Episode 2 - Magpie Cafe
225: Into the Mix Episode 3 - Juban's Creole Restaurant
225: Into the Mix Episode 4 - Pastime and Tin Roof
225: Into the Mix Episode 5 - Fresh Truck
225: Into the Mix Episode 6 - Into the ReMix

225: Into the Mix is a project from 225 Magazine's Dine NewslettertommysTV, and Bite and Booze. I'd like to especially thank Manda Fine Meats and the Paretti Family of Dealerships for their sponsorship of the series that helped make everything happen.

Hosted by Jay Ducote
Produced by Jay Ducote and Tommy Talley
Director of Photography: Dan Jones
Editor: Josh Carley
Audio: Michael Lane
Graphics by Elbow|Room
Production Assistant: Dustin Davis

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jay Makes Appearance on CBS's Tailgate Fan from The Grove

Jay Ducote and Nick Stevens film Tailgate Fan
While at The Grove on the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford, MS last weekend I felt like a bit of a celebrity tailgater. Not only was Bon Appetit there to cover the party and my cooking for their magazine, but I also had encounters with both Louisiana Travel and CBS's Tailgate Fan. Plus Taylor Mathis from the Southern Tailgating Cookbook (of which I am on the cover!) hung out for a while! Tailgate Fan, hosted by Nick Stevens, travels the country exploring tailgate parties and the debauchery that they entail, as well as the cuisine, of course. They caught me as I had ribs on the smoker and chicken stock cooking for the gumbo. It is always fun to show off the Monstrosity while at tailgate parties and barbecue cookoffs. It is incredible how much attention it brings to the tailgate party. In addition to ribs and chicken and andouille gumbo, I also made a big pot of braised mustard greens and some Creole potato salad. Needless to say the tailgate party, including all the Ole Miss fans that allowed us to set up next to them on the edge of the Grove, were well fed and very happy to have me around. The entire trip went extremely well despite the LSU loss. In all seriousness, the Rebel Nation proved to be extremely friendly and accomodating. I was told multiple time "Thanks for being here" and "I'm glad you made the trip," and that was by fans who weren't eating my food. Also, while The Grove is a completely different experience than LSU, the novelty of it is truly worthy of all its high praise. The amount of people that they pack into The Grove is incredible. It is like if all LSU tailgate parties had to be on the Parade Ground. It seems insane, and I'd dislike it if it were the case at LSU, but making the trip to Ole Miss should absolutely be on everyone's must-do tailgating list.

The Monstrosity began billowing smoke on the edge of The Grove before Ole Miss fans arrived.
I'd like to thank Logan Leger for making the trip with me to Ole Miss, for being my sous chef at the party, and for the ticket to the game! Big thanks to Charles Caldwell with Tin Roof and Carr at Ole Miss for helping us line up the spot. While no open flames are allowed in The Grove, we found a way to get around that by setting up our cooking station on the street, so technically right outside The Grove. Also thanks to Dustin and Kyle for being the first people to show up to the party after Logan and I. I was also very glad to see a lot of old LSU friends there like Fred Neal, Brandon Haynes, Chelsea Potts, Natalie Ieyoub, and more. Man, what a trip! Enjoy the video from Tailgate Fan:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2Gingers Irish Whiskey: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

2Gingers Irish Whiskey
2Gingers Irish Whiskey
I miss Ireland. I miss the rolling hills and the friendly small town pubs. I miss waking up in hostels and seeking adventure. I miss fresh pints of Guinness. And I miss sipping on whiskey with anyone whose last name started with O'. I recently received a bottle of 2Gingers Irish Whiskey, a newcomer to the scene which wasn't around in 2006 when I traversed the Emerald Isle. 2Gingers smells like Ireland. On the nose are perfumes of fresh cut grass, honey, and refreshing sweetness. Upon making contact with the tongue the sweetness fades into hay and grain. It is light and easy to taste with a hint of honeysuckle. It disappears like a magic trick on the finish, vanishing off the back of the tongue leaving your mouth dry with very little aftertaste. Ultimately its fleeting qualities were not ideal. Jeremy dubbed it a "chick whiskey," though he clearly meant no offense to Irish whiskey in general as it is one of his favorite categories. The nose easily stood out as the best part of 2Gingers as everything else proved to be rather boring. Still, this is certainly a decent introduction whiskey to the Irish style, and would certainly be fine as a replacement to Jameson as a shooting whiskey.

2Gingers Irish Whiskey

Average Score 55.67


Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge wins Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary!

Bacon Bloody Mason
Chris and Kristen with the judges from Chopped
Big news came out of New York this weekend. After being voted the top bloody mary in Louisiana by an online poll for Thrillist.com, Kristen Alfandre and Chris from Mason's Grill attended the live competition as part of the New York Wine and Food Festival. Sponsored by Absolut, the contest sought to name the very best intoxicating tomato based drink in the country.




Mason's trophy!


So the big news... Mason's won! That's right, the Bloody Mason, which you can find right here in Baton Rouge, has gone to New York and conquered the boozing world by winning the contest.

This is something for Baton Rouge to be proud of. This is cause for celebration across the state of Louisiana. We've long known the best bloody marys in the world come from Louisiana, and now we have proof. Please join me in congratulating Mason's Grill. Send them a tweet, post something on their Facebook wall, or just go have a Bloody Mason!

And for those who may have missed it, below is the 225: Into the Mix video that we made at Mason's Grill. It was mostly about burgers, but I built my own Bloody Mason while I was there too!


Friday, October 18, 2013

225: Into the Mix Episode 6: Into the ReMix

No web series is complete without a remix, and we decided to put one in for 225: Into the Mix before we're even done releasing episodes. As far as I know, this is my first time to ever be auto-tuned. I have to say that I sound pretty catchy. Take a look at our remix of 225: Into the Mix. If you look closely you can figure out one of the remaining two episodes. The other will still have to remain a mystery!


In case you missed them:
225: Into the Mix Episode 1 - Mason's Grill
225: Into the Mix Episode 2 - Magpie Cafe
225: Into the Mix Episode 3 - Juban's Creole Restaurant
225: Into the Mix Episode 4 - Pastime and Tin Roof
225: Into the Mix Episode 5 - Fresh Truck

225: Into the Mix is a project from 225 Magazine's Dine NewslettertommysTV, and Bite and Booze. I'd like to especially thank Manda Fine Meats and the Paretti Family of Dealerships for their sponsorship of the series that helped make everything happen.

Hosted by Jay Ducote
Produced by Jay Ducote and Tommy Talley
Director of Photography: Dan Jones
Editor: Josh Carley
Audio: Michael Lane
Graphics by Elbow|Room
Production Assistant: Dustin Davis

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Alibi American Whiskey: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Whisk(e)y Wednesday returns to new booze with a look at Alibi American Whiskey. Distilled in Indiana and bottled in Florida, this blend of corn, rye, and malted barley is harsh and aggressive, beckoning back to how whiskey was originally served in this country. The nose is faint and medicinal. When the elixir hits your lips it lights up a fiery blast of burn. It finishes like cough syrup and then vanishes off the back of the tongue. Unfortunately, the unpretentious claims made by Alibi are there for a reason... there's not much to be pretentious about. They source their whiskey, blend into nothing special, and then put it in nice packaging hoping to sell it to people who don't know any better. While I do believe that Alibi would go down perfectly fine when mixed with Coke, that's not exactly the selling point for a new artisan whiskey brand. Ultimately, this bottle is 72.5% grain neutral spirits and only 27.5% a blend of straight whiskeys that have been aged three years or more, and it shows.

Alibi American Whiskey

Average Score 31.33


Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

Monday, October 14, 2013

3rd Street Coffee Crawl

It's a pub crawl in downtown Baton Rouge to celebrate the release of the Tin Roof Parade Ground Coffee Porter. That's really about all you need to know! Oh, and it's only $10 to sign up then pint specials at each bar. More details are below or at http://coffeepubcrawl.eventbrite.com/ where you can also register and have a chance at some raffle prizes and a free t-shirt!


Friday, October 11, 2013

225: Into the Mix Episode 5 - Fresh Truck

In the latest episode of 225: Into the Mix, I track down Pat Fellows with the Fresh Truck. Fresh Junkie is all about serving bold flavors in a fresh and healthy way. You can find them at the Main Street Market or on the truck rolling around town or catering private events. When I get on the truck with Pat he makes me a Brickhouse Wrap and a Mediterranean Wrap. Seriously, I should be eating this stuff way more often. It is delicious and nutritious!


In case you missed them:
225: Into the Mix Episode 1 - Mason's Grill
225: Into the Mix Episode 2 - Magpie Cafe
225: Into the Mix Episode 3 - Juban's Creole Restaurant
225: Into the Mix Episode 4 - Pastime and Tin Roof

225: Into the Mix is a project from 225 Magazine's Dine NewslettertommysTV, and Bite and Booze. I'd like to especially thank Manda Fine Meats and the Paretti Family of Dealerships for their sponsorship of the series that helped make everything happen.

Hosted by Jay Ducote
Produced by Jay Ducote and Tommy Talley
Director of Photography: Dan Jones
Editor: Josh Carley
Audio: Michael Lane
Graphics by Elbow|Room
Production Assistant: Dustin Davis

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Top 7 Recap: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

The Whisk(e)y Wednesday series is now 74 deep with, fortunately for the tasters, no end in sight. However, rather than do a new whisk(e)y review today, I thought it would be great to do a recap of the top 7 scoring whisk(e)ys so far! Why top seven? Mostly because I feel like it. Also, it is pretty much the elite 10% of whisk(e)y that has been reviewed so far. If you see these on the shelves, get them!  And fear not, I have some liquid coming up soon that might dethrone some of these.  We'll see what's still in the top 10 after I get past 100 reviews!

Click on the name of each whisk(e)y to take you to the full review.

7) Knappogue Castle 16 Year Twinwood Single Malt Irish Whiskey (81.75)


6) Laphroaig 15 Year Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (82.25)


5) Jefferson's Presidential Select 21 Year Bourbon (82.75)


4) Powers Gold Label Special Reserve 12 Year Irish Whiskey (83.0)


3) Old Weller Antique Original 107 Brand Bourbon (83.75)


2) Talisker 10 Year Isle of Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky (84.75) 


1) Jefferson's Presidential Select 18 Year Bourbon (91.25)



Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bite and Booze Radio Show: Fête Rouge

Renee Molbert with Best in Show Chef Nelson Chang
Photo by Jenn Ocken Photograpy
We recorded this show at the Fete Rouge event back in August but it didn't air until this past Saturday on Talk 107.3 FM. Now, for your listening pleasure, it is available here and on iTunes!

Just before football season begins each year the culinary masses of Baton Rouge gather for a food and wine spectacle put on by the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society known as Fête Rouge. This year I had a chance to sit down with Chuck P. from the Me and My Big Mouth Show, Chef Sean Rivera from Niche Restaurant, Anne Milneck from the Red Stick Spice Company, Charlie Ruffolo from LCI, and Tommy Talley from Tommy's TV during the festivities to record a radio show. Listen to the podcast version of the Bite and Booze Radio Show for a little play by play from the event, and check out all the big winners from Fête Rouge below!



2013 Winners of the Fête Rouge Chefs Competition:

Best in Show Award
Southern Bouillabaisse-Gulf and Louisiana Seafood with crab boil rouille and a bouillabaisse broth
Chef Nelson Chang -Crowne Plaza Hotel

People’s Choice Award
Abita braised pork belly with yellow stone ground grits and Steen’s cane syrup gastrique
Chef Chris Motto-Mansurs on the Boulevard

Seafood Category
1st Place–Southern Bouillabaisse-Gulf and Louisiana Seafood with crab boil rouille and a bouillabaisse broth
Chef Nelson Chang -Crowne Plaza Hotel
2nd Place-Geaux Geaux Balls-Spicy Glazed Louisiana Shrimp and Pork Meat Balls topped with Sesame Seeds and Chopped Scallions
Chef Kevin Grelle & Chef Nick Bergeron-Sammy’s Grill Catering
3rd Place-Shrimp & Grits-Blue Crab stuffed shrimp wrapped in cajun bacon, grit cake, corn maque choux puree
Chef Jimmy Johnson-Stadium Sports Bar & Grill @ L'Auberge

Meat Category
1st Place - Abita braised pork belly with yellow stone ground grits and Steen’s cane syrup gastrique
Chef Chris Motto-Mansurs on the Boulevard
2nd Place - Grand bayou chicken-Pecan smoked chicken breast stuffed with a crawfish foe gras sausage finished with southern succotash and grand bayou potatoes
Chef William Wells-Culinary Productions
3rd Place - Ayam Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)- Fire grilled chicken thighs atop indonesian street rice cucumber gelee, pickled carrots & sriracha caviar. Garnished with a skin crisp & drizzled in a Soy Gastrique.
Chef Matthew Reed-Reed’s Cakes

Lousiaiana Lagniappe Category
1st Place - Pork Temple Agnolotti with Chanterelle Conserva, mirliton and satsuma salad topped with an absinthe air
Chef Jon Breaux-The Camelot Club
2nd Place - Smoked Shrimp & Tasso Tacos- LA shrimp smoked with Chappapeela Farms Tasson garnished with Covey Rise Farms Pico & served in a mini taco shell
Chef Chris Wadsworth-Restaurant IPO
3rd Place - Blackened Alligator Taco in a Cup
Chef Drew England-The Edible Event

Dessert Category
1st Place - La Muse-Caramelized Bananas, crowned with praline cheesecake & Chocolate 'Muse Shoe'
Chef Beverly & Chef Patin –Louisiana Culinary Institute.
2nd Place - Milk Chocolate Praline-chocolate air cake, praline crunch & caramel
Chef Arlety Estevez – Bon Temps Buffet @ L’Auberge Casino
3rd Place - Chocolate Mousse Tart-Dark Chocolate Mousse tart with Salted caramel tuile & raspberry caviar
Chef Nancy DeVille-Ruffino’s on the River

The Night's Winning Chefs - Photo by Jenn Ocken Photography
2013 Fete Rouge Media Wine Judging Awards

Chardonnay Category
******** Best overall White Wine***********
Gold – Lola Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California (Nearly Perfect 9.8 SCORE)
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Silver – White Hart Winery Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Bronze – Hollywood and Vine Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California

Value Chardonnay Category
Gold – Jackhammer Chardonnay, Central Coast, California
Silver – JaM Cellars “Butter” Chardonnay, Central Coast, California
Bronze – Lapis Luna Chardonnay, Monterey, California

Sauvignon Blanc Category
Gold – Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California
Silver – Greenlip Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Bronze – Dry Creek “Fume Blanc”, Sonoma County, California

Interesting White Category
Gold – Franciscan “Equilibrium” White Blend, Napa Valley, California
Silver – Lager de Bouza Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain
Bronze – Stella Pinot Grigio, Umbria, Italy

Sparkling Category
Gold – De Paolo Prosecco, Italy
Silver – Monmartre Blanc de Blancs, Brut, France
Bronze – Laetitia Estate, Arroyo Grande, California

Spicy Red Category
******** Best overall Red Wine***********
Gold – Barr Estate Petit Verdot, Central Coast, California (Perfect 10 SCORE)
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Silver – Clarksburg Petite Sirah, Sacramento Delta, California
Bronze – Rosenblum “Old Vine” Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California

Spanish Red Category
Gold – Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain
Silver – Achaval Ferrer Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
Bronze – Montes “Alpha” Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Rhone Style Reds Category
Gold – Opolo Rhone Blend, Paso Robles, California
Silver – Milou Rhone Blend, Vin de Pay, Languedoc, France
Bronze – Pena “Pyrénées-Orientales” Rhone Blend, Vin de Pay, France

Merlot Category
Gold – Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot, Alexander Valley, California
Silver – Columbia Crest “H3 Vineyard” Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington State
Bronze – Earrazuriz “Max Reserva” Carmenere, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Pinot Noir Category
Gold – Simi Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, Napa
Silver – White Hart Winery Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Bronze – Lyric Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, California

Value Pinot Noir Category
Gold – Lola Pinot Noir, North Coast, California
Silver – Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir, Mendoza, Argentina
Bronze – Sterling Pinot Noir, Carneros, California

Red Blend Category
Gold – Bogle “Phantom Red”, Sonoma County, California
Silver – Bennet Lane “Maximus”, Napa Valley, California
Bronze –Col Solare Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington State

Value Red Blend Category
Gold – The Dreaming Tree “Crush Red Blend”, California
Silver – Heavyweight Red Blend, California
Bronze – Once Upon a Vine Red Blend, California

Cabernet Sauvignon Category
Gold – Billhook Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
Silver – Laurel Glen “Counterpoint” Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, California
Bronze – Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington State

Value Cabernet Sauvignon Category
Gold – Smith and Hook Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, California
Silver – White Hart Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, California
Bronze – Lapis Luna “Moon Eyes” Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California

For more information, please visit www.feterougebr.com.

The Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket airs on Saturdays at 5 PM on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge.  It is also available on iTunes.  The show's sponsors include Calandro's SupermarketVisit Baton RougeSlap Ya Mama Cajun SeasoningLouisiana Cookin' MagazineJuban's Restaurant, the Tin Roof Brewing Company, and the Louisiana Culinary Institute.

Friday, October 4, 2013

225: Into the Mix Episode 4 - Tin Roof Brewing Company

You can never go wrong with pizza and beer, so that's exactly what I sought out in the latest episode of our web series, 225: Into the Mix. I swing by the legendary Baton Rouge watering hole The Pastime on my way over to the Tin Roof Brewing Company between downtown and LSU's campus. Fortunately for me, the guys were open to trading some pizza for a pint, and they chatted with me all about the fall lineup including the return of the Parade Ground Coffee Porter (there's a pub crawl coming up on 10/24!) and the now-released Rougarou Black Double IPA!


In case you missed them:
225: Into the Mix Episode 1 - Mason's Grill
225: Into the Mix Episode 2 - Magpie Cafe
225: Into the Mix Episode 3 - Juban's Creole Restaurant

225: Into the Mix is a project from 225 Magazine's Dine NewslettertommysTV, and Bite and Booze. I'd like to especially thank Manda Fine Meats and the Paretti Family of Dealerships for their sponsorship of the series that helped make everything happen.

Hosted by Jay Ducote
Produced by Jay Ducote and Tommy Talley
Director of Photography: Dan Jones
Editor: Josh Carley
Audio: Michael Lane
Graphics by Elbow|Room
Production Assistant: Dustin Davis

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Red River Texas Bourbon: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Red River Texas Bourbon Whiskey
Red River Texas Bourbon Whiskey
Who says you can't make bourbon in Texas? Nobody, I hope. The fact of the matter is that bourbon can be made anywhere in the United States, it just has to follow certain guidelines that define what is bourbon and what is just whiskey or grain spirits. The Red River Texas Bourbon Whiskey is indeed a bourbon, but unfortunately we didn't think it was a very good one. The aroma is very chemically like a pool room at a hotel, though it is light and has just a hint of what might be some cinnamon. The taste is boring and inoffensive like the nose. It is weird and medicinal and very blah. The finish brings on a touch of cherry and fruit but is nothing special. There's no balance to the flavors that are present and it has very little complexity in the first place. I feel bad bashing an artisan whiskey, but Red River might need to go back to the drawing board on this one. I'd be happy to try it again from a different bottle to see if anything changed between batches, but I wouldn't pay for this again.

Red River Texas Bourbon Whiskey

Average Score 38.0


Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Bite and Booze Radio Show: Louisiana Cookin' Chefs to Watch

This episode of the Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket features the entire 2013 class of Louisiana Cookin' Magazine's Chefs to Watch. Each chef talks about their current jobs, their culinary passion, and what they'll be cooking soon at Cafe Reconcile. The Chefs to Watch Awards Dinner will be held on October 21st and will both be at and benefit Cafe Reconcile in New Orleans. I'll be there for sure, and you can purchase your tickets on Louisiana Cookin's website!

2013 Louisiana Cookin' Chefs to Watch:
Justin Girouard, The French Press, Lafayette
Michael Gulotta, Mopho, New Orleans
Dan Causgrove, The Grill Room, New Orleans
Bronwen Wyatt, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans,
Chris Wadsworth, Triumph Kitchen, Baton Rouge
Alex Harrell, Sylvain, New Orleans



The Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket airs on Saturdays at 5 PM on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge.  It is also available on iTunes.  The show's sponsors include Calandro's SupermarketVisit Baton RougeSlap Ya Mama Cajun SeasoningLouisiana Cookin' MagazineJuban's Restaurant, the Tin Roof Brewing Company, the Louisiana Culinary Institute and Triumph Kitchen.