Louisiana Foods and Music
BB’s Lawnside BBQ owners Lindsay and Jo Shannon have been visiting New Orleans and Louisiana since 1971. They love Louisiana foods and music, and it is a big part of what differentiates BB’s Lawnside BBQ from other Kansas City BBQ joints.
From Lindsay Shannon: “My love affair with New Orleans and Louisiana music, food and culture began in college when I went to Mardi Gras with several fraternity brothers, which was followed by a trip to the Sugar Bowl.
When Jo and I got married in 1971, our honeymoon was spent in New Orleans with a wonderful dinner at Brennan’s. Forty years later we made a trip back (left). In late April 1975, on our way to a vacation in Florida, we stopped in the Crescent City for a day at the then fledgling New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. At that time, Jazz Fest was but one weekend of events but now has expanded to two weeks of jazz, blues, zydeco, African and gospel.
Each visit introduced Jo and I to the very unique Louisiana foods; like oyster po boys, crawfish, red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya. Although we had both eaten shrimp before, we learned the hundreds of ways to prepare these delicious bites of Louisiana foods. For the next few years we returned to Jazz Fest introducing various friends to the pleasures of Louisiana foods, music and culture.
During the last forty years I have returned to Jazz Fest and discovered other music festivals throughout Louisiana’s smaller towns like Mamou, Ville Platte, Lafayette, Beaux Ridge, Houma, New Iberia and Eunice. Festivals are always about music, food and Louisiana traditions.
At B.B.’s, our menu includes many recipes found during many trips to Louisiana. Some came from cookbooks, some from cooks I befriended and some stolen from deep within the Bayou where the alligators live.”