Chef Jude Tauzin adds Louisiana flair to wine dinners

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 02:54 PM.

Tauzin was named by Louisiana Cookin' magazine as one of the top five "Chefs to Watch" in Louisiana in 2008 and has garnered accolades from Southern Living and Gourmet magazine. He is the Corporate Chef for Tony Chachere Creole Foods in Opelousas since 2012.

For this year's wine pairing dinner Tauzin is paired with Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards Winery at the home of Jeff and Doreen Eckmann. Still in the process of putting the final touches on his menu, Tauzin said the meal for 50 people will consist of seven courses with no Cajun or Louisiana dishes per se, but diners will probably detect his Cajun flair in each dish.

"I grew up in Louisiana watching my mother and grandmothers and always trying to lend a helping hand. In my own cooking I try and use as many Louisiana ingredients as possible and use them in the season they are freshest. So, while I won't be preparing Cajun dishes, they will probably have Cajun flair," he said. 

Tauzin said Edwards presented him a list of the wines she will pour and he took it from there in creating the menu.

One dish he will prepare will be a pear upside down cake served with ice cream, which he has paired with a Merry Edwards sauvignon blanc.

This is Tauzin's second year to participate in the event.

"Last year, I met some great people and had a great time doing this and helped raise a great deal of money for children's charities," said Tauzin, who has three kids of his own.

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