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 Ginger Latiolais:
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.