Shreveport-Bossier Travel Magazine Culinary Issue - Page 5

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showed care for their community , compassion for their employees and continuously clever tactics to survive when the future of dining became dim .
“ After a long prayer , family contributions and a bunch of creative brainstorming , we were able to roll out two trailblazing business propositions ,” said Beaux Hays , owner of BeauxJax Crafthouse . “ We were the first business in Louisiana to take advantage of the new law permitting beer delivery per COVID exceptions , but our most effective plan was the Feed the Frontline Campaign . Recognized by the National Guard and fueled by the mission to feed every wing in local hospitals , we were able to raise more than $ 32,000 to feed staff at local hospitals .”
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The “ East Bank Mafia ” properties include BeauxJax Crafthouse , a Cajun eatery ; Frozen Pirogue , a daiquiri and oyster bar ; and Bayou Axe Throwing Company , a high-energy axe throwing bar . Additionally , an event venue is scheduled to launch in February 2021 , where they plan to host parties , private gatherings , and culinary experiences . The cooks and management team fall under the same East Bank umbrella , and they offer catering services with extensive menu options . Popular options include Cajun bangers like gumbo , jambalaya , and étouffée , as well as Southern seafood favorites like oysters , crawfish , and alligator . Their most popular catering request is the bacon-wrapped , boudin-stuffed , grilled alligator .
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“ Although gator grilling is a therapeutic artform , I ’ m not much different than the dads that grill in their backyards while knocking back a cold beer ,” said Peanut , grill master and co-owner of Frozen Pirogue . “ I take pride in preparing a meal that everyone can gawk at and indulge in . My grilled gator takes the cake , because it just doesn ’ t get more Louisiana than this .”
The gator is cleaned , stuffed with boudin , and layered with thick bacon that singes to a perfect crisp when placed on the Big Green Egg grill . When ready to serve , the gator is transferred to a platter with all the fixings . With four hours of prep time and an additional four hours of cook time , this prized Cajun spread is timeless in flavor and Louisiana culture . The grilled gator experience is worth adding to your culinary bucket list .
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