A Baton Rouge chef once again will showcase his culinary skills at the renowned James Beard House in New York City, and a restaurant manager has been recognized for her dedicated service to a local seafood restaurant.

Chef Scott Varnadoe, executive chef at Stroubes Seafood and Steaks in downtown Baton Rouge, has been invited to the James Beard House for a second straight year. He will serve his “Upscale Down South”-themed dinner on July 27.

“It is such an enormous honor to be invited to serve a dinner at the Beard House. To be invited back a second time truly honors the inspired type of culinary work we are preparing at Stroubes in Baton Rouge,” Varnadoe said in a press release.

His menu will include Duck and Oyster Gumbo With Green Onion, Pecan, and Wild Dirty Rice-Stuffed Quail Breast, and Asian-Spiced and Blackened Gulf of Mexico Tuna With Pickled Mirliton, Housemade Duck Prosciutto, Sweet-and-Spicy Kumquat-Soy Reduction, and Sesame Dust.

The James Beard House, a nonprofit membership organization that supports American’s culinary community, is housed in the former home of the legendary chef and cookbook author.

For more information on the James Beard House event and the full menu, visit http://www.JamesBeard.org.

Varnadoe serves as executive chef for both Stroubes Seafood and Steaks and King Bar & Bistro in Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association named Jeanette Eisworth, manager of Don’s Seafood & Steak House in Baton Rouge, as a Restaurant Legends Award recipient.

The award recognizes “the long-term dedication of employees who make up the backbone of the restaurant industry, with 20 or more years of service at one food service establishment,” the LRA said.

Eisworth, who has been employed by Don’s since 1970, was recognized June 27 during the LRA Greater Baton Rouge Chapter general membership meeting at Acme Oyster House.

She also has been a member of the LRA’s state board since 2007 and a member of the LRA Greater Baton Rouge Chapter’s board for more than 12 years.

“With more than 40 years of working experience at our restaurant, Jeanette Eisworth is an indispensable part of our business,” said Marlyn Moore, secretary-treasurer of Don’s Seafood & Steak House Inc.