Joshua Duke doesn’t mind the hustle.

The co-owner of Olive or Twist, a Baton Rouge bar that is the midst of expanding into a full service restaurant, on Tuesday launched his own catering company, called Cocktails and Cuisine Catering.

Duke said the full service catering business offers an emphasis on craft bartending. The business is available for weddings, parties and corporate events.

“We are more flexible than flexible,” Duke said, mentioning that the menus are tailored to the customer. “There is no reason you can’t have craft beer and decent wines or cocktails made from scratch.”

Duke will bring along Olive or Twist executive chef Richard Markert to handle the food.

Duke got the idea for the service after lending his bartending skills and services to a wedding last year. The New Orleans restaurant Pêche catered the food, and Duke said he was impressed with the experience.

“It was just an amazing wedding with great food and drink,” he said. “I shelved the idea for the time, but now is as good a time as any to bring it to the market.”

For information, call (225) 772-2218 or visit


Euromarket on Coursey Boulevard is now open

Looking for authentic European foods? Take a drive down Coursey Boulevard.

Euromarket, a small grocery store with about 2,000 square feet to its name, is now open at 10241 Coursey, Suite H.

The store features an array of cheeses, meats, canned vegetables and sweets.

Store manager Adriana Goga said her family owns Euromarket, which opened about two months ago. Goga and her family are from Romania. The idea to open the store was simple, she said.

“Are there any European stores like this in Baton Rouge,” she asked, rhetorically. “There are none.”

Goga said the difference between her products and American snacks are that the European foods have less sugar and salt. She imports her products from port cities like New York and Miami.

“I’ve had customers come in who have visited Europe, and they ask if I have a pumpkin soup they had in Germany,” she said. “That gives me ideas of what to get. I invite the customers to try different things to get an idea of what these European foods taste like.”

In a couple of months, Goga said the store will be remodeled with a small bakery and cafe, offering fresh goods and coffee.

For information, call (225) 218-4672.

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