Dixie Poché



St. Martin Parish native Dixie Poché is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Journalism. She is a corporate and travel writer based in Lafayette. Her local history book Classic Eateries of Cajun Country published by Arcadia Publishing is an anthology of Cajun dining in Louisiana, sharing the stories and recipes of 40 of French’s Louisiana’s pioneering old-time bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants. Special recipes are included.





Noon to 12:45 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 6
Eating Out in Louisiana

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Classic Eateries of Cajun Country

Cajun Country establishments offer a delectable variety of table fare for tourists and residents alike. The region’s first restaurants, cafés and bakeries emerged in the 1880s. Stores like T-Jim’s and Teet’s Food supplied locals with boudin. Café Vermilionville served patrons crawfish beignets. And faithful Bellina’s Grocery shoppers looked forward to placing ham orders for red beans and rice on Mondays. Join author Dixie Poché as she shares the stories and recipes behind French Louisiana’s pioneering eateries and those still making culinary history today.


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