Chef Hardette Harris, creator of the Official Meal of North Louisiana, will host an “Us Up North” Mardi Gras Food Tour of Shreveport, 12-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. The event is open to the public ages 21 and older, and will include tours and tastings at several of Harris’s favorite local places to eat and drink. Tickets are $50 each, plus tax and applicable fees, and may be purchased via Eventbrite. Especially for food lovers who are visiting Shreveport-Bossier for the Krewe of Gemini Parade XXIX, this tour is a great way to sample lots of local food and drink prior to heading downtown to enjoy the parade. RSVP to the official Facebook event to receive updates on featured restaurants, ticket availability and more.
Harris is a great person to guide locals and visitors alike through Shreveport-Bossier’s restaurant scene. Named a 2017 Louisianian of the Year by Louisiana Life magazine and a winner of Country Roads magazine’s 2017 Small Town Chef Awards, she is best known for creating the Official Meal of North Louisiana – one of only two official meals in the United States.
The “Us Up North” Mardi Gras Food Tour will begin at noon with a tasting of Harris’s popular “Us Up North” greens and cornbread. Afterwards, tour participants will board a shuttle and tour the city with Harris, stopping to sample several popular dishes and drinks at Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats, Eddie’s Seafood and Soul Food and Alky Therapy Daiquiris.
“Come with an empty stomach,” is Harris’s advice to tour participants.
Watch our 2015 video on the Official Meal of North Louisiana here: