On Saturday, Feb. 9, Grammy nominees and music industry execs came together to dine at the sixth annual Only in Louisiana pre-Grammy brunch at Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Hosted by Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Grammy winner Kix Brooks, the expansive brunch was prepared by renowned Louisiana chef and Chopped champion Cory Bahr. Guests feasted on Southern comfort food including deviled farm eggs, Muscovy duck wraps with a spiced honey glaze, blue crabcakes with Creole mustard aioli, North Delta shrimp and grits, braised pork shoulder eggs Benedict, cornmeal-dusted catfish court bouillon, vegetarian jambalaya, and bananas Foster bread pudding.
"I’m so proud to be honoring all the nominees from Louisiana and serve as an ambassador of my state at this annual brunch," chef Bahr, who opened his own restaurant, Cotton, last year in Monroe, La., told The Daily Meal. "My motivation for cooking for this great event is to share some of the wonderful Louisiana cuisine and showcase our abundant variety of seafood."
Lt. Governor Dardenne welcomed the crowd and Brooks introduced the musical entertainment, which included Grammy nominees Wayne Toups and Corey Ledet as well as fiddler Joel Savoy. Absent from the brunch but competing for a Grammy last Sunday night were Louisiana natives Frank Ocean, Ellen DeGeneres, Hunter Hayes, Lil Wayne, Dr. John, and Ledisi.