Shreveport-Bossier Travel Magazine Entertainment Issue - Page 11

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ALEXA , PLAY “ CHOPPA STYLE ” BY CHOPPA .
Who they want ? Choppa-style , chop chop Choppa-style or is it “ Chapeaux ”, the hat man Damien Chapman , owner of Orlandeaux ’ s Café , a culture and legendary heir of 100 years of amazing food and service ?
The people want the latter . Not only for his fresh , dimpled face , but for his service and soul-stirring food . Chapeaux , the nickname he stole from his younger brother , stands on the shoulders of culinary giants . His family made Shreveport-style stuffed shrimp famous . The stuffed shrimp is a jumbo Gulf shrimp that is butterflied , loaded with Creole crab stuffing , and then deep-fried .
“ My purpose drives me every single day ,” he said . “ Cooking and hospitality is what I was put on this earth for .”
It ’ s what his Creole family were put on this earth to do , too . They slaved away by day as sharecroppers and by night over gumbo , red beans , and soul-reviving food for their loved ones .
That culinary tradition launched Freeman and Harris Café , a family-owned business , in 1921 . The restaurant ’ s name has changed a few times before the current Orlandeaux ’ s , a nod to Chapeaux ’ s dad Orlando , who successfully ran Brother ’ s Seafood .
“ The secret sauce is our connection to the city ,” Chapeaux said . “ You have to desire to see people happy and making people happy through our food is what has kept us around for 100 years .”
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