Be A Fan of Shreveport-Bossier Us Up North Culinary Experience

May 25, 2019

You're invited to a special cooking demo and tasting with Chef Hardette Harris, learning firsthand about cooking traditions that make us so unique in north Louisiana. In this relaxed setting, guests will enjoy a soul-warming sit-down feast as they enjoy some of north Louisiana’s most popular homemade dishes straight from the “Official Meal of North Louisiana” including hot water cornbread, fried chicken, baked sweet potatoes, peach cobbler, and more. 

Chef Harris has single-handedly led the effort to celebrate the foods of North Louisiana’s waterways and farms by establishing the Official Meal of North Louisiana. It is only the second official state meal in the United States. Guest will spend time with Chef Harris discussing the pride we have up North of our cuisine.  They will also enjoy a menu that consists of authentic Northern Louisiana dishes

Former Louisiana State Representative Gene Reynolds presented the meal during the 2015 Louisiana Legislation.  It passed with 33 yeas and 0 nays, becoming House Concurrent Resolution No. 88, celebrating North Louisiana cuisine. It is one of Louisiana’s official state symbols.

Chef Harris is originally from Minden, Louisiana and was recently named “Attraction of the Year” in 2018 by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, one of Louisiana Life's 2017 Louisianians of the Year, and one of Country Roads Magazine's Best Small Town Chefs of 2017. She also has a recurring column called “Up North” in Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine and can be seen in the PBS Digital Studios’s web series, Nourish, titled The Great Cornbread Debate.

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Mustard and Turnip Greens

Fried Chicken

Baked Sweet Potatoes


Peach Cobbler

Pound Cake

Sweet Tea


Cooking Demonstration

Hot Water Cornbread

Be A Fan of Shreveport-Bossier Us Up North Culinary Experience