Friday, November 6, 2015

129. Roy Guste.

129.  We interview Roy Guste. In many ways, Roy is New Orleans history. Descendent of the earliest Louisianians who came here to settle the land with Iberville and Bienville, he is also a fifth generation member of the Antoine's Restaurant family, great-great grandson of its founder Antoine Alciatore, and former director of that restaurant. He has written numerous books about food and Antoine's Restaurant.  Roy's most recent book deals with the history and lore of America's oldest family-owned restaurant: Antoine's Restaurant Since 1840, 175th Anniversary Celebration. Roy is currently a photographer of the New Orleans life and architecture. A native New Orleanian and 36-year resident of the French Quarter, Roy Guste is a true son of the city. Roy studied architecture at both LSU and Tulane Universities, Psychology and French language at Loyola University, French language and culture at L'Universite de Grenoble in the French Alps, as well as cuisine at the Cordon Bleu in Paris. Roy is author of 10 cookbooks, principally New Orleans and Louisiana cuisine, including Antoine's Restaurant Cookbook, The Restaurants of New Orleans Cookbook, The Bean Book, Gulf-Coast Fish, The Tomato Cookbook, and The 100 Greatest Dishes of New Orleans Creole Cooking. He has acted as editor for other restaurant cookbooks and written The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre, Little, Brown, Publishers, which is a photographic guide to the most beautiful courtyard gardens in the French Quarter. His upcoming work is entitled The New Orleans Cookbook, to be published by WW Norton, New York & London, which is the entirety of history and the recipes of all that is Creole New Orleans cuisine.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. November 7, 1848. Louisianian Gen Zachary Taylor elected as President of the United States.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Born in New Orleans on November 7, 1912 and a lifelong resident, Lloyd Alfred "Hap" Glaudi attended Jesuit where he first picked up the nickname "Hap" because of his jovial demeanor. Local broadcaster Ron Brocato reported that Glaudi financed his high school education through winnings at the Fair Grounds -- long-shot bets suggested to him by a bookie. A graudate of  Loyola, Glaudi's first professional job was for the New Orleans Item newspaper. During his 25 years with the Item, he became feature sportswriter for high school sports. Beginning in 1964, he was lead sportscaster for WWL-TV.  He publicly prodded predominately white Jesuit High School and then predominately African-American St. Augustine High School to play each other in high school basketball in 1965, which is credited by some to have ended the local racial divide in high school sports. A Hap Glaudi Scholarship is now offered by his alma mater. Hap and his wife Millie had three daughters.  He passed away on December 29, 1989 at the age of 77.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    89th Annual Festival of Lights
    November 21, 2015 - January 6, 2016
    Front Street
    Natchitoches, LA
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