River Oaks Rocks in the Summer


River Oaks-MWC2016Men Who Cook and Men Who Mix 2016 just wrapped up and it’s certainly one of Central Louisiana’s most ‘fun’ fundraising events.  In its 16th year, nearly 600 guests sampled delectable dishes from over 70 chefs, with an approximate two million calories served. This year’s results were as follows (in case you haven’t checked #MWCAM16 on Facebook & Instagram):


The Grand Champions this year were Tony Martin, Chad Bordes, Sam Finney and Matt Loyacano of team “Get Your Greek On”, who served a taste of Greece featuring Lamb meatball with a Mediterranean Salad and a Santorini shot.

Second Place went to Darryl Monroe, Todd Leleux and Sherman Fookes of team “3 Lucky Guys” and their Chicken & Waffles.

Third Place honorees were Dr. Chad Norton, H.B. Smith and Dr. Lance Templeton serving a Pink Toddy for Your Hot Body.

The Secret Guest Juror ‘Taster’s Choice’ Award went to Kevin Chapman, Keith Chapman and Jean-Paul Duhon of team “The Roux Spoon” for their Gulf Mac of Gouda Mac-N-Cheese with Shrimp & Crab


“A very big ‘Thank You’ first and foremost to our amazing, talented chefs,” says Rachael Dauzat, River Oaks’ Executive Director. “We, of course, could not accomplish this feat without the help of our dedicated volunteers, our dynamic board, an A-team staff and especially you, Central Louisiana! Thank you for one superb evening! River Oaks appreciates you!”


River Oaks-13266061_10154009997691201_3843683226809689387_nWhile the Men Who Cooked and Mixed get well deserved rest, ROS’s Summer Art Studio, a multi-media visual art camp for kids ages 5 to 13, gets into full swing beginning June 13th.  With session 1 having filled, sessions 2, 3 and 4 have limited availability. “Summer Arts Studio will once again be a blast,” says Camp Coordinator and River Oaks Artistic Director Aubrey Bolen. “We see and are allowed to develop so much talent in these kids–it is truly a joy to work with them every year.”


Also in motion, River Oaks is getting set for the next round of exhibitions. “Old Friends, New Work,” featuring renowned ceramicists Elizabeth Cohen and Conner Burns in the Bolton Davis Gallery, will display amazing and intricate works of ceramics. Cohen, a Massachusetts-based artist, and Burns, a Mississippi native, will showcase their talent in a collaboration of new work in their first presentation together.


Cohen will also be featured in a special set of hands-on classes scheduled for Saturday, July 9th and Sunday July 10th from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  Participants will explore altering and combining wheel thrown forms as well as techniques of throwing with porcelain.  The class is limited, with a registration fee of $80 per person (supplies included).  Basic to advanced levels are welcome.


Art Camp Banner Photo“Louisiana: My Muse” featuring acrylics by River Oaks Resident Artists, Leah Morace in the Galerie des Amis and “Light from Light-Louisiana Impressions” featuring original oil paintings by Father Chad Partain in the Stokes-Harris Gallery, will collectively showcase the best of visual art with local flair.  All three shows will be on display through July 9th.  All three shows along with featured classes are sponsored The Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA) and Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Barton. For more information, call River Oaks at (318) 473-2670 or visit us on the web at Riveroaksartscenter.com.  You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram.