North Louisiana ’ s Red River soils and bountiful bodies of water create a feast of farm-fresh vegetables and sustainable fish . Farms flourish along the banks of the Red River , offering locals and visitors a taste of the area ’ s treasures . It ’ s the very reason Chef Hardette Harris , named “ Louisianan of the Year ” by Louisiana Life Magazine in 2017 , was able to create the Official Meal of North Louisiana . This appetizing meal includes fried catfish , purple hull peas , and hot water cornbread , which are all the ingredients that grow and produce naturally along the Red River . Originally from Minden , Louisiana , Chef Harris coined this meal based on her childhood memories of preparing what was available in the area .