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.
Tin Roof Rougarou returns later this month
The weather is getting chillier. Well, it did for three days, at least. Nevermind.
To celebrate the fall season, Baton Rouge’s Tin Roof Brewing Company is releasing its single batch imperial black ale, Rougarou, later this month.
The beer will be available for a limited time, starting the last week of October, in 22-ounce bombers. The beer is named after the bayou-wandering creature of Cajun folklore and has the characteristics of a darker beer and the intense hops of a Double IPA.
That description has me howling.
For more information, visit tinroofbeer.com.
This weekend: Slow Food Fall Heat
Area chefs are teaming up with Slow Food Baton Rouge for the annual local food and chef showcase, Slow Food Fall Heat.
The event starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the LSU AgCenter’s Botanical Gardens at 4560 Essen Lane. Tickets are $35 per person, free for children under 12 years old.
Foodies can expect dishes from Aaron Brown of Lasseigne’s American Grill, Kevin Dragon of Table Kitchen & Bar, Marshall Dubois of Mahony’s Irish Pub, Celeste Gill of Chef Celeste’s Louisiana Treasures, Joseph Graves of Portobello’s Grill, Andy Papson of Tallulah, Tanner Purdum of Magpie Café and Matthew Smith of The Haven at Windermere.
Patrons can also expect some great drinks, as the event includes a cocktail competition, featuring Cheryl Monroe of Sac-a-Lait, Todd Key of Duvic’s, Benjamin Moore of Lock & Key Whiskey Bar and Jessica Torres of Beausoleil.
Musical performances include Ben Bell, Denton Hatcher, Clay Parker and Jodi James.
For more information, visit slowfoodbr.org.
Cordon Rouge Bistro to open in mid-November
News of a new downtown restaurant came across the Downtown Development District meeting earlier this week. The Cordon Rouge Bistro is set to open no later than mid-November at 334 Third St.
At the meeting, owner Rhonda Crosswhite and general manager Matt Harrison said the restaurant will serve French fare with a focus primarily on breakfast and lunch. The restaurant will be open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and for brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Crosswhite, a pastry chef who was trained in Paris, said Cordon Rouge will serve pastries made in-house, along with produce purchased from the downtown farmer’s market. She’s worked up a menu with lunch favorites, such as chicken salad, along with dishes people may not know.
Lasseigne’s American Grill to open after Thanksgiving
The now-closed Frankie Marcello’s at 7520 Perkins Road will be transformed into an American Southern restaurant that will open in the middle of the holiday season, if all goes according to plan.
Lasseigne’s American Grill will have a soft opening phase the week after Thanksgiving, according to co-owner Karen Hayden. Named after co-owner Philip Lasseigne, the restaurant will feature Louisiana favorites such as pan-seared frog legs and fried alligator. Chef Aaron Brown, who previously worked at Spice Bistro & Bar and Restaurant IPO, will be in the kitchen.
“There will be a twist on typical American dishes,” Hayden said. “They will all have a little bit of Southern flair.”
Business hours are tentatively set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
For more information and updates, visit facebook.com/frankiemarcellosrestaurant.
Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter @MatthewSigur. Timothy Boone contributed to this report.