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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Morning meetings

I’ve been hanging today with the new owner/chef of Guillaumes’ Signature Creole Restaurant and with the Shreveport Opera Guild — or, as of this morning, Shreveport-Bossier Opera Guild.

Shreveport native Chef Saul Williams III chatted over coffee. He once interned under Dean Faring at Dallas' The Mansion on Turtle Creek.

He grandly opens Guillaumes’ Friday at Best Western Chateau Suites. It is across from The Times building and we will be glad to have it in our neck of the woods.

He told us that he will offer lunch, dinner and, hear this, a Sunday brunch. The eatery will be open every day but Monday. (The morning breakfast, where I used to have coffee every morning with Lane Crockett, is still open and a hang out for the John Mannos and Art Carmody and assorted other early morning risers.)

Anyway, the lunch menu includes: salads; po-boys with Creole fries, pasta.
Dinner includes gumbos, main courses and pasta.

The sides include, for the vegetarians in the crowd, Mardi Gras corn, asparagus, broccoli and green beans.

And, for brunch? Mimosas, fresh fruit with fresh mint, strawberry cream cheese-stuffed French toast, Eggs Benedict and regular breakfast fare. I cannot wait to try it all.

Specialties: Crawfish bread; signature Andouille and Grilled Chicken Fredo and gumbo.

Dinner will be candlelit and on Friday and Saturday nights, there will be a live jazz band.

Williams, who grew up in Shreveport, is the son of Saul Williams, of Shreveport, and Hattie Williams, of Kansas City, Mo. He attended Caddo Magnet High School.

...Then, there was lunch with Shreveport Opera Guild who voted to change its name to Shreveport-Bossier Opera Guild at its annual meeting and spring luncheon at Ristorante Giuseppe's.

The big news: The Guild presented $100,000 to Shreveport Opera, money raised at Les Boutiques de Noel.

Libby Siskron presided and also took home the Eugenie Somdal Memorial Award. Melinda Kent, who brought Christopher Radko here for Les Boutique de Noel, received the Beverly Sills Award.

Congrats to new president Nena Flourony, who will sally forth as the president, and 2007 Les Boutiques chair Jennifer Beason.


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