Louisiana’s Production Surge Extends Benefits to Foodie Culture

October 14, 2015
By: Kathy McDonald, Variety Magazine
Photo: PBS

Ten years ago it was Katrina. Five years later came the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Both disasters profoundly impacted Louisiana’s restaurant businesses. But today the state and New Orleans have bounced back.

The recovery parallels the growth of production. “Anything good for the economy is good for the culinary scene,” says chef and restaurateur John Besh, also the star of PBS’s “Chef John Besh’s New Orleans.”

“The film industry has added a dimension to New Orleans that wasn’t there before,” he notes. While production catering companies are an obvious beneficiary, Besh sees a trickle-down effect to both legacy establishments and newcomers. His American Cafe at the National World War II Museum has received support form Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Tom Brokaw.