the Wedding issue


PATTI STALLARD is a freelance copy editor, proofreader and copywriter with decades of editorial experience in both the marketing and publishing arenas. A native New Orleanian and a culinary devotee, she was part of many creative teams that crafted ADDY award-winning campaigns for a variety of clients, including tourism, professional sports and higher education. A Yale graduate, LIZ THORPE left a “normal” job in 2002 to work the counter at New York’s famed Murray’s Cheese. She is the founder of The People’s Cheese, author of the Book of Cheese and The Cheese Chronicles , and coauthor of The Murray’s Cheese Handbook .​

SARAH BAIRD is the author of the books New Orleans Cocktails and Short Stack Edition: Summer Squash . Her work appears regularly in/on Saveur , Eater , GQ , First We Feast , PUNCH and Food & Wine , where she covers everything from the siren song of the Flora-Bama Lounge in Orange Beach to the legendary fig trees of Baton Rouge. She was the longtime food editor and restaurant critic for the New Orleans alt-weekly, Gambit Weekly , and won Critic of the Year in 2015 for her dining reviews.

MARCELLE BIENVENU is a cookbook author, food writer and chef/instructor at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. A native of St. Martinville, in the heart of Cajun country, Bienvenu wrote Who’s Your Mama , Are You Catholic and Can You Make a Roux? and Stir the Pot: The History of Cajun Cuisine with Eula Mae Dora , and other books and cookbooks. She also co-authored five cookbooks with Emeril Lagasse. Cradle: New Orleans Music Since World War II , his music history, was published in 1986. An expanded new edition, updated with the history of the music scene in the late ’80s, was released in 2009. He received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship for research on jazz funerals. contributor to The Atlantic , The Week and Mental Floss . His work also appears in Vox , The New York Times , Writer’s Digest and Foreign Policy magazine. He is a regular commentator for television and radio. Mandeville resident ROMNEY CARUSO has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. He has styled and photographed food for hundreds of local and national publications, and for several cookbooks. His portrait series of chefs and bartenders, titled “Shakers, Knives & Irons,” was recently displayed in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Baton Rouge native DAVID W. BROWN is an author and regular JASON BERRY is an author and documentary film director. Up from the

FREQUENT CONTRIBUTORS Mobile, Alabama, writer EMILY BLEJWAS published her debut novel, Once You Know This , in 2017. Her latest effort, The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods , arrives in stores in 2019. WAYNE CURTIS is the author of And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in 10 Cocktails , and a contributing editor to The Atlantic and Imbibe . He is a frequent contributor to the book review section of The Wall Street Journal . CRESCENT DRAGONWAGON is the author of the James Beard Award- winning Passionate Vegetarian , The Cornbread Gospels , Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook , Bean by Bean and many children’s books and novels. appeared in the New York Post , Seattle Magazine , Resource Magazine , Eater , Cosmopolitan and VICE , among others. She holds a culinary degree from Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu. ALISON FENSTERSTOCK is a music and culture writer and founding program director for the Ponderosa Stomp roots- music festival. Her work appears in Rolling Stone and SPIN , and on NPR. Her take on Louisiana’s music scene can be read in The New Orleans Advocate . Journalist HELEN FREUND is an award- winning food and travel writer and the dining editor and restaurant critic at Gambit Weekly . She is a regular contributor to The NewOrleans Advocate and Reuters , and her work has

In 2017 food and travel writer and photographer PABLEAUX JOHNSON was named one of

Epicurious ’ 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time . A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, Johnson is the author of three books. He is a contributor to The New York Times , Saveur , Food & Wine , Garden & Gun and Bon Appétit . JUDY WALKER was the longtime food editor for The Times-Picayune . She edited the cookbook Cooking Up a Storm with frequent My Rouses Everyday contributor Marcelle Bienvenu. In 2017 she was named one of Epicurious ’ 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time.




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