OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
Louisiana is dripping with unique culture and history. But packaging up the images, icons and natural resources that come from our land and its landscapes, and bottling and selling them takes a special kind of talent.
Casey Delmont Johnson is the designer/director of Roux Brands, a nine year old wholesaler of home décor, gifts and dinnerware. Roux Brands is based in Port Allen and incorporates in its products a southern theme that tells the story and the history of the Deep South. Roux Brands started out as a smaller retailer in 2006 and over the years has evolved into a wholesaler that now supplies more than 1,000 stores throughout the Southeast. Casey is the creative force behind the brand. He is a native of Walker and a graduate of LSU, who has experience in the film industry, in marketing and with numerous style-related periodicals.
Elizabeth Holloway is a beekeeper and the owner of Bocage Bee and Honey, a homegrown brand that has earned raves in culinary circles around the state. Making honey, which Elizabeth does from a facility on Drusilla Avenue in Baton Rouge, is actually Elizabeth’s second career. She had a successful 40-year career in opera and theater and fell into the honey business quite by chance in the early 2000s. More than 15 years later, Bocage Bee and Honey now produces as many as 20 different varietals of honey, as well as a line of beeswax candles and soaps. Amd then there's the company's newest venture: moisturizing cream that employs the anti-bacterial properties of honeyfor the face and for your babay's derriere.