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Celebrating 1st 12 months in enterprise, Cajun Home & Catering appears ahead to 2023 – L’Observateur

Celebrating 1st 12 months in enterprise, Cajun Home & Catering appears ahead to 2023

Printed 8:49 am Wednesday, January 4, 2023

LAPLACE — Having not too long ago celebrated one 12 months in enterprise, Cajun Home and Catering of LaPlace is gearing up for a productive 2023 by implementing new menu objects and occasions catered to the St. John the Baptist Parish neighborhood.

Govt Chef Ryan Cashio operated The Cajun Grill in LaPlace for 20 years earlier than Hurricane Ida’s destruction opened the doorways to an sudden new starting. Since Cajun Home and Catering opened its doorways at 405 Belle Terre Blvd. in December 2021, Cashio has discovered there’s a world of a distinction between working a lunchtime grill and working a full-service restaurant with roughly 20 workers.

Along with his spouse, Heidi, by his facet managing enterprise operations as proprietor of the restaurant, Cashio has cultivated a family-friendly environment and a top-notch menu that received 4 classes within the 2022 Better of the River Parishes on-line contest — Greatest Cajun Restaurant , Greatest Catering, Greatest Salad, and Greatest Steak.

Getting into 2023, the Cashios have heard the requests from the neighborhood and can quickly unveil an expanded menu that includes three new pasta dishes. The primary will likely be a “Cajun Ragu” in a pink sauce, topped with shrimp and Andouille. A brand new “Pasta St. John” will characteristic a Cajun cream sauce topped with fried popcorn shrimp. In the meantime, the third pasta dish will characteristic a garlic butter sauce topped with a delicious softshell crab.

In accordance with Chef Cashio, one other new addition to the menu will likely be a extremely requested grilled catfish dish. Cashio appears ahead to introducing “fish of the day” meals with limitless potentialities together with tuna, pink fish, salmon and grouper, relying on seasonal availability.

“We’re in all probability 80% completed with the menu and will likely be implementing adjustments to cater to what our prospects have been asking for,” Cashio mentioned.

Since opening final 12 months, Cajun Home & Catering has prolonged its hours to 11 am to 9 pm Monday by way of Thursday and 11 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday to extra successfully serve the neighborhood.

Within the new 12 months, Cajun Home will proceed to supply a full bar with specialty high shelf bourbons, along with a number of particular occasions and themed nights. The restaurant not too long ago launched Bike/Cruiser Night time, held from 5 to 9 pm the primary Wednesday of every month. Proudly owning a motorbike isn’t a requirement to cease by and get a style of Cashio’s signature gradual smoked barbecue specials. The common menu can be obtainable throughout this occasion for many who want Cajun delicacies.

After wrapping up a busy 2022 Christmas season that featured a well-liked breakfast with Santa Claus, the Cajun Home crew appears ahead to introducing an Easter Bunny occasion for native households within the spring. Different holiday-focused specials set to return in 2023 embrace Valentine’s Night time, which offered out rapidly in 2022, in addition to Mom’s Day and Father’s Day specials.

Reside leisure was launched final 12 months is anticipated to proceed on Fridays and/or Saturdays in 2023.

Cajun Home additionally made strikes to provide again to the neighborhood through the first 12 months in operation. In the course of the month of October, a portion of gross sales from a specialty “Save the Boobies” drink was donated to fund breast most cancers analysis. In accordance with Heidi Cashio, Cajun Home has additionally partnered with native faculties to host fundraising nights the place 15% of earnings are given again to help training.

“We need to thank our household, mates, patrons, and final however definitely not least, our workers. With out them, this is able to not be doable. We all the time hear, and we would like individuals to know we’re very open to listening to recommendations from the general public,” Heidi Cashio mentioned.

Heidi Cashio added that it has been a humbling expertise to see how the enterprise facet of the restaurant trade works. Whereas she was not concerned within the operation of The Cajun Grill, she has taken a distinguished management position at Cajun Home to permit her husband to give attention to the kitchen. Throughout this time, she has gone above and past to get her ft on the bottom, however the success of the restaurant to date wouldn’t have been doable with no stellar employees.

In accordance with the Cashios, a majority of the employees has been current for the total 12 months.

“With it being so onerous to search out employees proper now, I believe that speaks volumes about how we run our enterprise and the way we develop our employees as members of our prolonged household,” she mentioned. “In 2023, we need to proceed to construct on that and have everyone see what we’re about. Offering one thing long-term for the neighborhood provides us a way of objective.”

Coming into the brand new 12 months, Cajun Home may even proceed providing full-service catering operations able to touring throughout Louisiana and past. For extra info, go to

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