If you’re a regular 20×49.com reader, you’re already familiar with the work of Chef Hardette Harris. Chef Harris, who was recently named a “Louisianian of the Year” by Louisiana Life magazine, will host a guided tour of Shreveport’s culinary scene during 318 Restaurant Week on Thursday, March 16. The experience will begin with a cooking demo from Chef Harris and will continue with stops at Herby-K’s, Blue Southern Comfort Food and El Cabo Verde. Tour participants will be transported via an iShuttle bus and will be served a sample of food at each stop. Cost to attend the tour is $50 and tickets must be purchased in advance – get them here.
As far as I know, this is the first time that a chef-guided culinary tour has ever been offered in Shreveport-Bossier. The fact that the tour is being hosted by someone who is equal parts chef, scholar and food historian makes it a very appealing ticket for food lovers.
“I just want to show off some of the great restaurants that we have here,” Harris says. “Take El Cabo Verde, for example: They have the best margaritas and the best guacamole that I’ve had anywhere since I visited Mexico. El Cabo Verde is the kind of place that I want to help people discover and enjoy.”
At each stop on the tour, participants will meet restaurant owners and chefs and “learn a little bit about the history of the restaurant,” Harris says. There are plans for some local food trivia games aboard the shuttle bus between stops. Similar tours in cities like Austin, Texas and Lafayette, Louisiana have been successful; Chef Harris worked with organizers of those tours while planning her own.
“We have so much in this city to show off,” Harris says. “We are Louisiana, after all, and Louisiana’s the food capital of the planet.”
318 Restaurant Week is presented by Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau in collaboration with The Times and Waitr.
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