Louisiana ex-pats who miss the tastes of home can now get a bit of the Pelican State in their mailbox.
Louisiana to Geaux, a subscription gift service, regularly ships out food, spices and handmade items that founder Brandi Hutchison thinks best represent the state.
But she doesn’t go for the well-known sauce or coffee often associated with Louisiana. Instead, Hutchison carefully chooses products made by small, new, family-owned companies.
“If you can find it in a Wal-Mart in Iowa, you won’t find it in my box,” says Hutchison, 48, of Walker.
The subscription service, founded at Christmas 2014, offers three different boxes. A Kitchen box includes a few foods and cooking products, like Baton Rouge’s Hanley’s salad dressing or Railway coffee from Ruston. The Sweets and Such box includes pralines, king cakes or other treats. A Pamper Yourself box contains candles, soaps or lip balms made by Louisiana hands.
“They are hardworking people making really good things,” Hutchison says.
She also packages corporate welcome gifts for newcomers moving to the state and boxes for special occasions and holidays. The Father’s Day package includes Baton Rouge’s Baconation barbecue sauce, Mexi-Cajun beer bread mix from Alexandria and a few other treats.
At Louisianatogeaux.com, the boxes range in price from $30 for one month to $162 for six months, with the goodies inside changing regularly.
“You’ll never get the same product twice,” Hutchison says, “unless you call and specifically ask.”