Creole cooking will be featured on PBS



NATCHITOCHES – Creole cuisine prepared by Cane River cooks will be featured in a December 18 broadcast of “Lidia Celebrates America – A Heartland Holiday Feast,” on PBS.  The show will feature Emmy award-winning Lidia Bastianich, a television host, best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur, and her visit with the local cooks preparing Creole cuisine.


The PBS show will feature Creole food and culture with gumbo prepared by Lillie Delphin, mint tea by Theresa Morgan and tea cakes by Vera Severin.  A session also filmed Rodney Meziere and Dustin Fuqua discussing how to make file.


“It was a great time seeing how the show was put together,” said Loletta Wynder, director of the Creole Heritage Center at Northwestern State University. “The crew made the filming so much fun.  Lidia was such a trooper.  The evening filming at Badin-Roque House was hot, humid and full of mosquitoes, but she and the crew made it through with no complaints.


“Vera Severin graciously allowed the filming on the second day to be done at her house.  It was such a great time.  The food was delicious.  Of course, eating was the reward for the Creole Heritage Center coordinating the event.”


Viewers should check local listings to verify the time of the broadcast, Wynder said.

Dustin Fuqua and Rodney Meziere discuss how to make filé with Lidia Bastianich during a feature on Cane River Creole cuisine.
Vera Severin opened her home to film a segment of “Lidia Celebrates America – A Heartland Holiday Feast” with Lisa Bastianich, an Emmy-winning TV host, cookbook author and restaurateur. From left are Theresa Morgan, Bastianich, Lillie Delphin, Sylvia Rachal, Clara Sylvie, Loletta Wynder and Severin.