Locals Supporting Locals e historic Louisiana floods hit as we were preparing to send this issue to press and open our first Baton Rouge store. Many of our customers, team members and vendors lost their homes and cars in the floods. Even with two feet of water in our Denham Springs store, a group of team members worked diligently to save it, using paper towels, diapers, even cat litter, but they couldn’t stem the flood. We are forever thankful to Jesse Roberts, the Good Samaritan who rescued them. Jesse, thank you! After losing one store, we worked around the clock to open another earlier than scheduled. We all felt it was very important to get Baton Rouge open and help our neighbors in need. You may notice a few familiar faces at your Rouses in Baton Rouge. We didn’t want our Denham team members to be without work while we rebuilt their store, so they’re now helping at Rouses in Baton Rouge and Ponchatoula. I’ve been very inspired by the generosity of our customers and vendors. Support for families and communities impacted by the floods has come from all over the Gulf Coast, just as it did after Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac.Together we’ve raised over $200,000 in cash donations and donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and toiletries to help feed families and communities in and around Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Donations can still be made at any Rouses Market and securely online at e theme of this issue,Italian,seems very appropriate considering the circumstances. e Italians who settled on the Gulf Coast during the New Immigration quickly formed communities to support one another. Neighbors relied on neighbors then, just as neighbors rely on neighbors today. We will help each other and rebuild together. Together, we can weather any storm.

On the Cover Meatballs & Spaghetti Story on page 20 cover photo by Denny Culbert t t tlsls Italian Translations

Maiale : Pork Mangiare : Eat Manzo : Beef Origano : Oregano

Acciughe : Anchovies Aglio : Garlic Agnello : Lamb Basilico : Basil Capperi : Capers Ciao : Hello Cioccolato : Chocolate

Pane : Bread Pesce : Fish Pollo : Chicken Pomodoro : Tomato Salute : Cheers Uova : Eggs Vino Bianco : White wine Vino Rosso : Red wine Vitello : Veal Zucca : Pumpkin

Cipolle : Onions Cucina : Kitchen Dolce : Dessert

Formaggio : Cheese Gamberetto : Shrimp Granchio : Crab Gusto : Taste LaDolceVita :TheSweetLife

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Flooded Rouses Market, Denham Springs, LA

Donny Rouse 3 rd Generation


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