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I thought we had a topic about this, but I can't find it. As heretical as this may sound, many people who aren't familiar with Louisiana (which even has a separate Wikipedia entry for "New France") use the terms "Cajun" and "Creole" interchangeably, usually just saying "cajun" for any cuisine that seems like it might have some New Orleans influence. Do we have any experts here that can compare and contrast these terms (using "Acadiana," maybe even "Baton Rouge," somewhere in the explanation) for those of us who don't have a clue? I'd say our average reader (which, in this case, would include me) is familiar with both terms, but doesn't really have a notion about or historical basis for their true meaning. I began having this conversation as a PM (private message) with one of our members, and quickly realized that it might be of great benefit to others. I've put in the Wikipedia links as a starting point, but don't know where to go from there. Incidentally, this thread would not exist had MC Horoscope not started this thread on "The Back Door." Take note, Herschel: This is how things happen here - what seems like a dead thread will slowly expand over time, creating others, and perhaps even exploding into a torrent of activity. There are no wasted posts here.
"INVITATION TO THE SOUTHERN TABLE” WHAT A PARTY IT WILL BE! Jeff Tunks, Gus DiMillo, and David Wizenberg of Passion Food Hospitality are opening their doors to serve Southern food galore, spirits will be flowing and music will be playing! This is a benefit to raise money for the most anticipated museum to open its doors in New Orleans in 2008. Sunday, June 10, 2007 6pm until 9 pm ACADIANA RESTAURANT 901 New York Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana A Museum Representing the Cuisine and Culture of Sixteen Southern States Participating Restaurants & Chefs: Acadiana Restaurant, Washington, DC- Jeff Tunks, David Guas Cashion’s Eat Place and Johnny’s Half Shell, Washington, DC- Ann Cashion Louis at Pawley’s, Pawley’s Island, South Carolina- Louis Osteen Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, Georgia --Linton Hopkins Vidalia, Washington, DC --Jeff Buben Only $100 per person (Minimum donation) for a Selection of Southern Dishes, Open Bar and Signature Southern Drinks PLEASE COME AS NEW ORLEANS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT For reservations or information: 202. 222. 0987 or email@example.com For Reservations or Donations On-Line: www.acadianarestaurant.com/sofab.htm All proceeds from this June 10, 2007 event will go directly to the Museum, whose New Orleans home is scheduled to open fall 2008.