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Spain 3: Los Islenos (2007)

A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Company



Genre: Cooking

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-01-27

Duration: 00:24:22

Subjects: Los Isleños Heritage & Cultural Society | TAMALES | Folse, John D. | Cooking, American -- Louisiana style | Cooking, Spanish | Cooking (Oysters) | Soups


  • Folse, John Host
  • York, Michaela Producer
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Benge, Dorothy Guest
  • Gautier, Rhonda Guest
  • Wilkinson, Neil Panelist
  • Wilkinson, Donna Panelist


In this episode from the “Our Food Heritage” series of “A Taste of Louisiana” from January 27, 2007, Chef John Folse focuses on the Spanish influence on Louisiana cuisine. First, he recounts the history of the Los Isleños, descendents of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish, along with Dorothy Benge, the president of the Los Isleños Culture and Historical Center. In the kitchen, Chef Folse prepares Fried Oyster Po’ Boys and talks with Benge. Next, he visits Rhonda Gautier at her home in Natchitoches to learn how to make Zwolle Tamales. Back in the studio kitchen, Chef Folse makes a soup called Caldo and continues talking with Benge. Throughout the show, Neil Wilkinson and Donna Wilkinson entertain the audience with live music.