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Evangeline Cafe on Austin DM

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AUSTIN: Saturday May 15, 10-11 a.m. on Talk 1370 

It’s pretty easy for Louisiana flavors to find their way across the Sabine as far as Beaumont and Port Arthur – or even as far as Houston, thanks to the long population interplay over the subject of oil. But it takes guts to open an authentic Louisiana Cajun restaurant in Austin. With his flowing locks and big mustache, chef-owner Curtis Clarke looks like he hails from Austin 30 years old – his café’s motto, in fact, is “Old Austin Didn’t Die… It Just Moved South.” Actually, though, he’s from southwest Louisiana, not too far on the other side of the Sabine. And to taste his gumbo, etouffee, boudin, blackened redfish and other delights, you’d swear (with a nod to Beaumont’s Janis Joplin) that a piece of his heart still lives there.

Also today, in our Grape and Grain segment, we sit down for a tasting with Joan Smith. She and her husband Bill, under the label WH Smith, are sending growing, making and forth some of the nicest pinot noirs the entire Sonoma Valley has to offer. And that’s saying, well, a mouthful.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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