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Recipe courtesy Kelly Pitre, L'Acadie Inn & RV Park
Local business owner, Kelly Pitre, did not expect to be cooking her family’s favorite meal for professional chef and the host of Travel Channel’s No Reservations, Anthony Boudain, but how could she possibly turn down the charming celebrity chef?
During the carnival season, Bourdain and his crew came to Eunice, LA to witness one of the most wonderfully, bizarre Mardi Gras celebrations there is—the Courrier de Mardi Gras. There, revelers ride in traditional costumes, on horseback in rural areas soliciting for food commodities to be used for a community gumbo. Gumbo wasn’t the only dish on the menu. Boudain visited Lakeview Park & Beach where a special Lundi Gras Boucherie is held, and samples of fresh boudin, backbone stew, ponce, and more are passed around. The boucherie was just a small taste of Eunice’s food culture, and Bourdain came back for more.
During his second visit, he was greeted by the scent of crawfish, basking in a bath of roux and the Cajun Holy Trinity (onion, bell pepper, celery). Kelly was approached by friend, Toby Rodriguez, master of boucheries and the owner of Lache Pas Boucherie et Cuisine. Feeling confident, Kelly graciously accepted the challenge and received much praise from Bourdain. Bring the Pitre family recipe to your own dinner table, and find out what all the fuss is about!