Minden’s Chef Hardette Harris to host ‘Us Up North’ Mardi Gras Food Tour

Tickets available for Feb. 10 public tour

Former Minden resident Chef Hardette Harris will showcase the flavors of North Louisiana during the “Us Up North” Mardi Gras Food Tour, 12-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10.

This tour will include guided tastings at several popular local eateries as well as a sample of Chef Harris’s famous “Us Up North” Greens and Cornbread.

Tickets are $50 per person plus tax and processing fees.

Tour participants must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite.com by searching the event title. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required.

Anyone who would like to be among the first to be notified about future tours offered by Chef Harris may email FoodToursLouisiana@gmail.com to join her mailing list. 

The tour will begin with a tasting of Chef Harris’ famous “Us Up North” Greens and Cornbread at 300 North Allen Street in Shreveport.

Afterwards, tour participants will board a shuttle with Chef Harris and make stops at some of her favorite spots serving up the best dishes that Shreveport-Bossier has to offer.

Tour participants will be offered a sample of a popular dish or beverage at each stop. Food and drink samples are included in the price of the tour. 

Chef Harris has emerged as a leader in the ongoing effort to celebrate the foods of North Louisiana’s waterways and farms. She is responsible for establishing the Official Meal of North Louisiana, which is only the second official meal in the United States.

Chef Harris wrote the menu for the Official Meal of North Louisiana and, along with help from Louisiana State Representative Gene Reynolds, D-Minden, drafted House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) No. 88. HCR No. 88 was passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2015 celebrating North Louisiana cuisine.

Chef Harris is a native of Minden who currently resides in Bossier City. She was recently named as one of Louisiana Life magazine’s “Louisianians of the Year 2017” and was one of three chefs named Best Small Town Chef of 2017 by Country Roads Magazine.

For more information on things to see, do, taste and experience in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.Shreveport-Bossier.org or call 800-551-8682.

For complete details of upcoming Mardi Gras events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.ShreveportMardiGras.com.



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