General Russel Honoré retired on February 29, 2008, following 37 years of active service with the United States. He is a native of Lakeland, Louisiana. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as many Honorary Doctorates from numerous Universities including Southern University and A&M College, Stillman College, Virginia State University, Loyola University, and Meharry Medical College. He commanded the Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He continues to speak and consult nationally on Building a Culture of Preparedness. He is working on a salt free cajun seasoning with Chef Paul Prudhomme.
Jay Ducote, a veteran of the show appearing in over 5 shows and the tv pilot. Jay joins us this time as the Emcee. Jay was a contestant on Fox's Master Chef this summer. A talented writer, an avid traveler, a philanthropist when he gets the chance, an entrepreneur at times, and one heck of a good guy. He is the author of the website Bite and Booze (www.biteandbooze.com) which chronicles his culinary and indulgent cultural experiences as he eats and drinks in Louisiana and around the world. Jay's writing has been featured in Town Favorites Magazine and for 225 Magazine. He is the Host of Bite & Booze Radio Show on 107.3FM.
Celeste Landry is from Thibodaux. She attributes her love of food to her papa and his famous fig tree. It was through him that she learned about picking a good cantaloupe and the irreplaceable taste of real butter. After high school, Celeste attended Louisiana State University and studied Business with a concentration in Marketing. While in school, she interned for Sullivan Group, a top event and production company in Houston, TX. After finishing up at LSU, she moved back to Houston to attend The Culinary Institute of Alain and Marie LeNotre. She moved back to Baton Rouge to continue her culinary career as a media chef for a local celebrity chef and then found her way back to the marketing and event world with Sean Malone and Andy Blouin as the Director of Marketing and Events for Firebelly Concepts, which include Serranos Salsa Co., Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's, and The Edible Event Catering and Cuisine. (www.firebellyconcepts.com)
Chef Nathan Gresham was selected as a Top 5 Chef to Watch by Louisiana Cookin’ magazine in the August 2011 issue. Along with the other Top Chefs, Chef Nathan featured his famous seafood salad at the prestigious banquet in New Orleans, hosted by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. In August, Chef Nathan was crowned Iron Chef at the Aneurysm Outreach Inc. benefit event, beating out 5 other talented Louisiana chefs. Chef Nathan integrated the required ingredients of pineapple and Cheese-Its into his winnings dishes – Chicken Confit Over Dirty Rice with Sweet Pepper Vermouth Sauce and New Orleans-Style Pineapple Barbecue Shrimp. www.beausoleilrestaurantandbar.com
Daron Stiles, a Baton Rouge native, graduate of LSU and actor has been in the "Meanwhile,..." show since the premiere at The Myrtles Plantation and has entertained audiences numerous times with his funny and touching monologue, A Pot Pie Story, and hilarious story, The Christmas Goose.
Marlyn Monette - Food Columnist for The Shreveport Times and author of "So Good...Make You Slap Your Mama" I & II cookbooks. Marlyn has been in the Shreveport shows and we are so lucky that she is making a special trip down to Baton Rouge where she is originally from! Marlyn's food story, The Joys & Woes of the Southern Freezer, is one of the funniest ever and the audience is in for a TREAT!
Paul Arrigo, President & CEO - Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitors Bureau since 2002. Prior to that time, he served as the Bureau's VP of Sales & Marketing since 1997. He is a native of New Orleans and has over 39 years of experience in hospitality marketing. Paul and his wife Melanie reside in Baton Rouge with their daughter, Lauren. Paul was in the original cast of "Meanwhile, Back At CafeDu Monde.. at the Myrtles Plantation in May 2010 and has been on board as a popular headliner and emcee in more than 8 shows.
Peggy Sweeney-McDonald created the show in 2010 in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and produces the event under her event company, Superstar Events-LA. In one year, the show has now been in 3 states, with over 30 events and over 200 headliners sharing their food stories. As President of SSE-LA, she has offices in Los Angeles and Baton Rouge, LA and offers a wide range of corporate meeting & event services and specializes in creative themes to ensure memorable events. A member of Screen Actors Guild, she has worked in television commercials, film and theatre for over 20 years. She produced the tv pilot of "Meanwhile, Back At Cafe Du Monde..." and has several film projects in development. I'm excited to be back in my hometown for the 2011 shows at our new home at Juban's restaurant! www.superstareventsla.com