New chef Trahan returns Blue Dog Cafe to the basics
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New chef Trahan returns Blue Dog Cafe to the basics

Blue Dog’s new Executive Chef Ryan Trahan was named the Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine 2017 Chef to watch. Trahan has elevated Cajun comfort food to a new level with this rich and flavorful Shrimp and Grits. Special to the American Press The Blue Dog Cafe is rolling out its new, fresh take on Cajun comfort food. The new menu focuses on using locally sourced seafood and sides. The food, hours and renewed attention to atmosphere encourage sharing dishes, conversation and good times. The late George Rodrigue may not be here to create something new on canvas, but the restaurant continues his legacy and devotion to promoting Cajun culture. Rodrigue (1944-2013) was the New Iberia-born and -raised artist behind the iconic “Blue Dog.” About 50 of his bright but haunting, oversized paintings hang from the exposed brick walls of the restaurant’s downtown location at 609 Ryan St. “A lot of times it wouldn’t make sense for an artist to have a restaurant,” said Jacques Rodrigue, one of George Rodrigue’s sons, “but for Dad it made perfect sense because he couldn’t tell the story of Cajun culture without talking about food.” Jacque and his brother, Andre, set out to answer the question […]

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