The Meaning of Living in Avoyelles Parish
Gerald Wayne Lemoine
Gerald Wayne called me in February and invited me to his annual boucherie and couchon du lait held at his home in Bordelonville, LA in Avoyelles Parish. . Avoyelles is Louisiana's cultural center for roasting whole suckling pigs. Everyone in the area has at one time roasted a pig or help in the process and most families preform this ritual on a regular basis.
When I arrived I had no idea what to expect, I only knew that if Gerald Wayne was having a party it would be something I shouldn't miss.
Suckling Pig Roasting with Pecan Wood
The array of food all done from the pig was overwhelming. Boudin, cracklings, backbone stew, barbecued pork steaks, and a hole roasted pig. If that wasn't enough, Gerald Wayne fried about 30 chickens as appetizers.
Barbecued Chicken and Pork Steaks
Pork Backbone Stew
Checking temperature of boudin
If this wasn't enough, there was an enormous table filled with potato salad, rice dressing, pickled eggs and cucumbers, cold slaw and so many more sides that I can't recall them all. With that they were making fresh cinnamon rolls all day long.
Gerald Wayne's Legendary Cinnamon Rolls
On any given day you can find Gerald making these for someone. It could be for a fundraiser or feeding children at his petting zoo and most recently at his annual fundraiser in Avoyelles Parish Jail for female prisoners before the school year starts so that the incarcerated women can help buy school supplies for their children that have been left with relatives or friends to raise while they do their time.
Guest taking care of business while enjoying this fabulous meal.
Taking Care of Business with the 2 step
Fais Do Do
Gerald Wayne and I have become good friends over the years and calls from him come from time to time. It always excites me to hear his voice and it is usually to invite me to one of his outrageous parties or fundraisers. Everyone should have the opportunity to attend at least one of Gerald Wayne Lemoine's legendary parties during their lifetime. I only hope that I will get the chance to attend and enjoy many more.
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