Our second annual NOLA's Backyard Flavor Foray started out with a delicious immersion in the Louisiana seafood industry. Gary Bauer of Ponchatrain Blue Crab took us out on his boat to catch crabs in the Lake, followed up with a tour of his processing plant and ended up with sumptuous buffet of crab every which way including the most spectacular deep fried soft shells. Chef John Folse, arranged two of them standing with claws intertwined for his "angry crab" or "Hallelujah" presentation. Bauer recalled that almost two decades ago he had taken his mother for a birthday dinner to Folse's original restaurant Lafitte's Landing in Donaldsonville and she eagerly devoured them. This story was the inspiration for Folse to repeat this dish for the f&b executives in our group. A local television reporter came along to document the crab story.
You can check out the story, here: http://wgno.com/2016/10/13/got-crabs-from-the-lake-to-your-plate/