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                HAS SOUL

This years' festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 at EBRPL-Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Boulevard. This 2-day annual festival is family oriented event and provides entertainment, a kid friendly environment and good soul food cooking.  It creates an opportunity for the people of Louisiana and surrounding areas a place to show off their soul food cooking skills in several categories in a judged competition, as well as showcase their talents in the entertainment and arts and crafts fields.

2023 Soul Food Cooking Contest Winners
Meats, Fish and Poultry
1st Place - Smothered Fish
Kawande Lane, Lanes Corner Café  
2nd Place - Boiled Meats
Jimmie Wilson and Larry Richard 
Southern De’Licieaux Boilers
3rd Place - Café Express
Sean “Boss Hogg” Huey 
Vegetables and Sides
1st Place - Collard Greens
Leroy Harrison, Jr., Culinary Excellence
2nd Place - Broccoli
Jimmie Wilson and Larry Richard Boilers 
Southern De’Leciaux
Appetizers and Soups
1st Place - Seafood Egg Rolls
Chasity Rodney, Nola Queen Chef 
2nd Place - E2Fay Tart 
Leroy Harrison, Jr., Culinary Excellence
1st Place - Praline Cheese Cake Tart
Leroy Harrison, Jr., Culinary Excellence
2nd Place – Praline
Luis Carr, Carr’s Praline Candy
3rd Place – Pistachio Praline Candy
Cedric Minot, King Queen and Princesses Sweets Eats  

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Cafe Express

The Pioneer Award

                      2023 Award Honoree

The Pioneer Award was established, by the Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival, to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the soul food industry.​


This years’ Pioneer Award Recipient is Café Express in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

The restaurant was founded 29 years ago by Marie Sanford and is currently run by son, Sean “Boss Hogg” Huey. It is located at 2451 North Street and is open Monday through Friday from 6am to 3:30pm. It is known for its Oxtail, Smothered Ribs, Neck Bones and Turkey Wings. The recipes have been handed for generations and tweaked for more modern tastes, but the basics are all there. Sean appears on the The Outside Boys Cooking Show that airs on YouTube and Facebook and is also a sales representative for Creole Depot Spices which are sometimes used in the restaurant’s recipes. 

The Award Presentation will take place Saturday, May 20 at 4:30pm.

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