Lafayette, Louisiana is the “Tastiest Town in the South,” and Cajun Food Tours wants you to experience it!
My name is Marie Ducote-Comeaux and I am happy to call myself Cajun! There is no place I’d rather live than right here in the heart of Acadiana. As a former Louisiana history teacher of 15 years, I am proud of our resilient past, our friendly people, our rich heritage, and our fun-loving culture; but I am especially proud of our uniquely incredible food! I can’t stand the thought of anyone coming to this city and not tasting our local favorites. Everyone who lives here does it; we either cook our own Cajun treats for our visitors or we drag them all over the five-parish area, making sure they experience what we get every day.
In November of 2010, I went on my first walking food tour in Baltimore, MD. History, culture, sites, and we get to eat?! That's my kinda tour!? After the tour, I thought “Someone should do this in Lafayette!” The following summer I took a food tour in Seattle (right around the time we were named best U.S. food city in the Rand McNally-USA Today “Best of the Road” contest,) and I thought “Our food is so much better than this; someone really should do this in Lafayette!” Finally, in November of 2011, I took my first bus food tour in Louisville, KY. That evening lying in the hotel bed praying, I was terrified by the calling that someone was going to do this in Lafayette and it was going to be me! After months of trying to pray it away, I finally gave into the idea just as Lafayette won Southern Living’s title of “Tastiest Town in the South!" So, I quit my job and bought a bus!
I can’t wait to meet you and to share the things I love. I love South Louisiana; and I love good food.
Allons manger! (Let’s go eat!)
Meet Our Tour Guides
I am a native of St. Martin Parish, with deep roots in this area. My ancestors include the Latiolais, Melancon, Serrette, and Zeringue families. My first language was French, and I consider myself Acadian even though my heritage is French, Acadian, German, and Anglo. I graduated from Cecilia High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and currently live in Henderson.
I am the mother of two grown children, and the grandmother of six.
I first became involved in Acadiana tourism in February, 2013 when I retired from public education. It was an easy transition which allowed me to continue my role as an educator, with an emphasis on the history and culture of Acadiana. I own and operate Journeys with Ginger, planning and escorting day trips and short destination trips, and often volunteer as a travel counselor at the Visitors' Center.
I joined Marie with Cajun Food Tours when she contacted me for advice about adding a driver/guide to help with her tours. We realized after a short time that we share a passion for Acadiana’s unique culture and food. I feel blessed to have been given this amazing opportunity to share what is so special about Acadiana and its people.
I've been a resident of Lafayette since I was four years old, and I'm a proud graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. After college I taught middle and high school social studies in Baton Rouge for nearly four years before coming home to Lafayette. I've always had a passion for the history and culture of my hometown; moving away for several years only made me love this town more once I came back.
My first job back in Lafayette was as a tour guide and blacksmith at Vermilionville--a local historic folklife village--where I still work to this day. Being able to share the history of our rich and diverse culture with visitors from across the world at Vermilionville made me realize I had found exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
Louisiana, and Acadiana especially, is one of the most fascinating places to explore the fruits of many different cultures coming together; they produce their own unique music, lifestyle, and most importantly, food! I truly believe the right bowl of gumbo, the perfect link of boudin, or the simplicity of red beans and rice can show you the history of our state all in one bite. I'm excited to join Marie and Ginger as a guide with Cajun Food Tours & I look forward to sharing my passion for my hometown and our cuisine. Bienvenue à