Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A weekly feature, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.
Since Nino’s stopped lunch service earlier this year, chef/owner Elton Hyndman had thought that he would be sleeping in, then going into his small Italian restaurant on Bluebonnet Boulevard to prepare for the night’s dinner service.
Whatever vision Hyndman had, he’s replaced his spare time with more work. Not only has he constantly been changing up his menus at the restaurant, Hyndman has also invested in Indie Plate, a grocery delivery service that started in Baton Rouge in 2013.
“I’ve become a partner with Indie Plate,” he said. “I’ve been spending a lot of my time, helping them develop their business.”
Hyndman is also helping Indie Plate to deliver prepared meals. For the last two months, the grocery delivery service has been giving away meals to customers who buy a set amount of items. By the first week of December, those meals will be available to all customers at a price.
Customers can expect soups, stews, braised meats with sides and a pasta dish.
“We’re going to take advantage of what’s available, what’s in season,” Hyndman said. “There is a huge trend toward the food delivery business. I’m looking to help them streamline food storage. With produce that’s only got a couple days, instead of wasting it, we can turn it into a stew.”
For more information, visit indieplate.com.
Red Stick Spice Company move delayed
Anne Milneck, the owner of Red Stick Spice Company, just can’t wait for her customers to see the Baton Rouge shop’s new location.
However, customers will have to wait a little bit longer.
Milneck said the moving of the shop from 7970 Jefferson Highway to 662 Jefferson Highway has been delayed by construction.
“Rather than trying to move during the Christmas-time rush, we’re going to ring in the New Year at our new location,” she said.
Milneck hopes to wrap up the move by the end of the year and have the new store open by January 2016. She said that she had to do a complete build out with the new location. Though it has been a lot of work, she is excited to show off the new store.
“It’s going to be a great experience for our customers,” she said.
The new Red Stick Spice is going to be around 2,400 square feet, with space for cooking demonstrations as well as expanded store offerings. For more information, visit redstickspice.com.
Roux 61 could open later this month
Roux 61, a seafood and steak restaurant that started in Natchez, was the talk of the town when it decided to open a Baton Rouge location in the former Boutin’s at 8832 Bluebonnet Blvd.
While it has been reported that the restaurant is open, Roux 61 has hit some construction delays and isn’t open yet.
Across social media, the restaurant is telling customers that the Capital City location could be open by the middle to end of November. However, no opening date has been set.
Repeated calls to the restaurant co-owner/co-founder Jason Lees have been met with answers of “call back next week.”
The restaurant offers everything from chargrilled oysters to steaks seared on an 1,800-degree broiler. Roux 61 is known for its “crazy big portion” size, according to the restaurant’s website. The Natchez location has been open for around four years.
For more information, visit roux61.com.
Pelican House to host dinner in December
Don’t get too full on holiday leftovers next week.
The Pelican House will team up with Southern Prohibition Brewing for a “Fields and Forests” dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. Tickets are $60, plus tax and gratuity.
The five-course menu will start with duck rillettes, then feature a smoked three-bird gumbo, followed by wild boar raviolo and sous vide venison loin. For dessert, the restaurant will serve sweet potato donut holes.
On the beer side, patrons can expect to try the Hattiesburg, Mississippi brewery’s Devil’s Harvest American pale ale, Jack the Sipper extra special/bitter beer, Mississippi Fire Ant Imperial red ale, Lazrus Abby Quadrupel, and Ragana Bourbon barrel-aged Baltic porter.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thepelicanbar.com.
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