April 11, 2016
By: Scott Gold, Thrillist

Strap on an American flag motorcycle helmet a la Easy Rider and embark on a food-driven road trip through the highways and byways -- and swamps and bayous -- of Louisiana. There’s so much more to see and do (and eat) in this state than what we hold close to the vest in New Orleans, so get out there and explore this state with abandon. More often than not, you’ll find that the people are friendly, the scenery is resplendent, the hospitality is off the charts, and the cuisine... well, Louisiana food really speaks for itself, doesn't it? If you have a few hours and a full tank of gas, here’s where you need to be headed for the full-on Pelican State experience.

Just in case you haven’t gotten your fair share of chef John Besh on TV -- or at the helm of his restaurant empire in NOLA  -- Besh’s La Provence in Lacombe is a worthy destination eatery, if ever there was one. Besh gets to trot out some real European style and charm with this stunner, which features extensive grounds and gardens (kind of handy when you’re running a restaurant -- those vegetables are fresh, seasonal, and local, ya heard?). As the name of the joint suggests, it’s a beautiful little slice of Provence right in the heart of the Pelican State.


Gambit’s 2016 winter restaurant guide

January 18, 2016
By: Gambit Nola Staff

King cakes are everywhere this time of year, and some creative spinoffs include king cake bread pudding, king cake ice cream and savory versions. Those are just some of the new dishes included in Gambit's Winter Restaurant Guide.

 The guide is arranged by cuisine and there's everything from new barbecue places and taquerias to classic steak and seafood houses, pizza parlors, neighborhood spots, po-boy shops, diners, fine dining restaurants and vegan cafes. Listings include information on menu items, hours of operation, reservation policies and more

25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662;
Oysters Ooh La La are topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. Crispy shrimp salad is made with celery root, greens, grapefruit, fennel and almonds. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun.


La Provence chef to serve up seminar

September 1, 2015
By: New Orleans Advocate Staff

A highlight of the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association’s fall seminar, “September, the Second Spring,” will be a lunch and presentation by Erick Loos, the chef de cuisine of La Provence restaurant in Lacombe.

The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at Church of the King, 22205 Little Creek Road, Mandeville.

Loos said his topic, “Garden to Table,” describes his approach to cooking.

“I draw my inspiration from the garden,” he said.


50 great restaurant gardens across the country

July 30, 2015
By: USA Today

Chefs around the country are planting and maintaining their own gardens to promote sustainability, seasonality, local sourcing and freshness. It doesn't hurt that beds of flowers and herbs add to the ambiance at any table. These days, on-site crops come in the form of patio planters, rooftop farms and vertical decor on the walls. Guests often prefer dining in garden settings, whether indoors or outdoors, particularly for events. And nothing spices up a garden party like cocktails infused with freshly-picked rosemary or garnished with flowers. Chef and restaurateur Jose Garces sets a prime example in Philadelphia where his 18 restaurants source straight from his 40-acre, organic Luna Farm, while chef John Mooney has made a way for aeroponic rooftop gardens over his restaurants in D.C. and New York. Dine among or on the greens at these restaurants with gorgeous gardens to boot, from coast to coast.

In Lacombe, La., just an hour outside New Orleans, chef John Besh's La Provence is set among several acres of garden kitchen.