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.

Taste owner introduces bacon jam, new salads

Richard Markert, chef/owner of the Main Street Market restaurant Taste, isn’t taking a lot of downtime during the holidays.

Markert has just introduced two new salads to the restaurant’s menu — a shrimp remoulade and shrimp tortellini — served only on Fridays. The new made-to-order salads feature organic greens and Red Stick Spice Co. oils and vinegars. The new items will be available next week.

Markert also is working on launching a maple bourbon bacon jam on Jan. 7, which will be available at the restaurant, then at Red Stick Spice Co.

The jam features maple syrup, Kentucky bourbon, Cutrer’s bacon, organic cane sugar, fig balsamic vinegar, onions and spices.

“No one else does it, and I love making it,” he said. “I started sharing it with family and friends, and they were all like, ‘You need to bottle this up and sell it.’ I honestly can’t keep up with the pre-orders.”

For information, visit downtowncafe or call (225) 305-4836.

Tin Roof, chefs Jesse Romero and Kelley McCann team up for Dinner on the Deck

A few Baton Rougeans are coming together for a beer dinner in early January.

Local brewery Tin Roof will host Dinner on the Deck at its tap room Monday, Jan. 11.

The five-course meal features dishes by chefs Jesse Romero, of “MasterChef,” and Kelley McCann, of Galatoire’s Bistro, that will be paired with Tin Roof brews.

The menu starts with oyster mignonette paired with the Blonde Ale, followed by citrus-poached Louisiana shrimp paired with Turnrow.

A “Geaux Local” soup made with the brewery’s latest house series brew, English Brown, will be served, followed by lamb two ways paired with the Rougarou.

For dessert, a parade mousse will be paired with Parade Ground Coffee Porter.

Tickets are $65. Seats are limited. To make your reservation, contact Rivers Hughey at rivers@

Now open: Umami Japanese Bistro

Housed in the former location of Hello Sushi at 3930 Burbank Drive, Umami Japanese Bistro in its soft opening phase.

The new restaurant concept features chef Cong Nguyen offering small plates, entrées and soups. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday; and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, the restaurant will host a grand opening party. The event will feature small-plate samplings, drink specials, and a chance to win a five-course dining experience with wine and sake pairings for two.

For information, visit or call (225) 768-8808.

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