Chef Jarred Zeringue grew up in south Louisiana, amid the sprawling farms, grand live oaks, and antebellum plantations that characterize this quiet corner of Louisiana. He has always been fascinated with our region’s unique cultural traditions. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he decided to work to preserve and celebrate those traditions through food. He owns and operates two successful restaurants in the French Quarter: Vacherie and Eat New Orleans, where he focuses on making local dishes with farm-fresh ingredients. He uses local seafood and seasonal produce whenever possible to help support the fishing and farming ways of life that are integral to Louisiana culture.