Long before Cajun cooking became a global phenomenon, the Bon Ton restaurant was a beloved destination for these flavors in downtown New Orleans. The restaurant’s history reached back further, to 19th century New Orleans, and it was an enduring part of the local restaurant scene.

When its longtime owners, the Pierce family, decided to retire, they lined up a buyer with plans to continue the restaurant. They hosted their regulars for heartfelt, sometimes tearful farewells over crawfish étouffée and strong rum Ramsey cocktails. And then they closed the doors.







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Bon Ton Cafe owners Debbie and Wayne Pierce talk restaurant business

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Keep your menus ahead of the curve in 2023!

Holly Rogers, Insight Manager at Bidfood UK shares her top tips on implementing the hottest food and drink trends into your menus to hit the mark with your customers in the year ahead.

  • Flavours less travelled:​ You don’t need to change up your whole menu to incorporate more adventurous dishes from around the world – simply adding international flavours using different spice blends, pastes or rubs can satisfy diners’ taste for culinary exploration.
  • Conscious choices:​ Signpost sustainable choices and any locally-sourced ingredients on your menu-
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Marking 250 days since Russia launched its full-scale attack on Ukraine, ALDE Party co-Presidents Senator Timmy Dooley and Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP issued the following statement:

The ALDE Party affirms its steadfast support for the people of Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and we applaud their continued courage in their fight for freedom against the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the indiscriminate air strikes all over Ukraine and the brazen Russian targeting of civilian infrastructure, to the detriment of innocent civilian lives.

We deplore the sham referenda and of the illegal annexation of

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Over the past decade, there has been no shortage of new Thai restaurants in neighborhoods like Hell’s Kitchen, Elmhurst, the East Village, Williamsburg, and Astoria. As of late, many of them have gone beyond colorful curries, tart soups, basil stir-fries, and noodles to offer fiery meat salads from the Isan region and the cosmopolitan food of Bangkok.

A new clutch of Thai restaurants is building on this diversification, with two trends particularly noticeable: One group is introducing fare from beyond Isan or Bangkok, and the other group is offering food from several different regions, identified as such on their menus,

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Twenty-four-year-old line cook Maddy Vine has worked in a variety of different restaurants: French, Mediterranean, Italian. 

What most had in common, she said, was a lack of health benefits, which often left her skipping the dentist and avoiding filling prescriptions. 

In a physically demanding job  — Vine says she developed carpal tunnel syndrome at age 19 — she says that doesn’t seem fair. 

“For an industry that’s all about taking care of other people, it doesn’t make sense to not take care of your employees,” said Vine. 

Her current employer, D.O.P. – an Italian restaurant in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood –

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Cuco’s Mexican Restaurant on Madison’s East Side is closing Saturday and its owners are moving it to a new location with a new name.

Mayra Zaragoza, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Oscar Zaragoza, said their landlord at 4426 E. Buckeye Road, is not renewing their lease after five years.

Kwik Trip owns the building and she said it’s being torn down.

The Zaragozas found a new spot at 1824 S. Park St., that used to be a car dealership and is next to the St. Vincent de Paul Dig & Save

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