Get Fresh!!

Benton residents, Greg and Jessica Bennett, are getting fresh! Their new restaurant, Get Fresh Deli & Frozen Yogurt, had a Bossier Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting to celebrate their grand opening today, July 7, 2017. Get Fresh is a locally family owned deli, with an awesome menu. Greg says the Turkey, Avocado BLT is a favorite. Twelve flavors of frozen yogurt, sandwiches, wraps, salads and pizza round out the deliciousness. Catering is available and Greg is looking forward to connecting with the community.

Get Fresh Deli & Frozen Yogurt is located in the Bella Terra shopping center at 187 Burt Blvd in Benton, LA. Stop by soon and let them know I sent ya.

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Robin Williams

Get Some Validation on your Culinary Skills

12705177_10207155779705992_4238448262698544183_nI often wish that I were a culinary artist. It’s not that I totally love the idea of cooking every night or even every other day. I just like having the feeling of accomplishment when I create a beautiful meal, and of course then get to eat it. A few months ago I attended my first “Cook the Book: Ducasse Made Simple” cooking class at Sainte Terre with Chef Holly Moore Schreiber. The class series is based on the books that Chef Holly has personally worked on while working at the French Culinary Institute, testing and translating the recipes for publication in the United States. I have since also attended the “Cook the Book: David Chang’s Momofuku” class.

Chef Holly is this amazing Kate Middleton look-a-like, super charming, bright-eyed and always smiling creature that also just happens to be a humble culinary genius. From the moment I walked into that first class, she transferred her knowledge about food in such a validating way. Foie Gras and Lobster Newberg became “easy peasy” creations that I could actually tackle. I learned that my knife skills, while not as accurate as hers, were adequate enough to cut onions, carrots, and squash for a french Pascal Veggie tartlet. At my second class, I won’t say I mastered the ability to make ramen from scratch, but I indeed can say that I have experienced having my hands in the dough. Bacon Dashi? Yep, been there, done that. Chef Holly definitely gives me all the validation I need on my culinary skills.

12743580_10207200513384306_4740151207522502442_nSo now, I am excitedly awaiting the “Cook the Book: Dumplings All Day Wong” class on March 24. An event devoted to making any kind of Dim Sum that you can dream up.  I got a fortune the other day and I do believe Po is trying to tell me something here.

So I can already hear you. “How can I get tickets?”. Well unfortunately, the dumpling class is SOLD OUT . . . BUT, maybe, fortunately for you, I have one ticket that is up for grabs!

And, how do you WIN THE GIVEAWAY?

One lucky That Just Happened blog reader will receive a ticket to “Cook the Book: Dumplings All Day Wong” compliments of Sainte Terre. Simply go to SAINTE TERRE’S EVENT PAGE, check out their upcoming events and post which event you are most interested in, in the comments section of this blog below.  Winner will be announced on Monday, March 21, 2016 at around noon.

To learn more about Sainte Terre:

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Robin Williams
Marketing Maven, Holiday Lanes


IMG_7590UPDATE 3/21/16 – Amy Rich, you are the winner of the FREE ticket to Cook The Book: Dumplings All Day Wong! I will send you a message with the details. Congrats!


A Sportsman’s Dream

Los Paloma Ribbon CuttngLos Paloma Sporting Range and Event Center celebrated their grand-opening with a Bossier Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. The facility is a new concept for the area and brings a distinctive sport to Bossier Parish. A twenty station sporting clay course, with a 9,000 square foot event center that is described in their brochure as “Rustic elegance meets the Hill Country of Northwest Louisiana.” Two outdoor pavilions and a five acre pond make this a new and unique event venue for the area.

Los PalomaRoss Adams, VP and Director of Operations provided a tour and information about the facility owned by Max Sharp. I don’t know a whole lot about sporting clay, but Ross was more than happy to share some insights with me. From what I understand, there are twenty stations with machine traps that throw clay disks into the air, meant to replicate a variety of bird patterns. Shooters stand in an arc on the opposite field and aim for the targets. They then rotate around the arc to take shots at each station and throughout the entire course. Each station presents a different challenge. After doing a small amount of research, I found that some call this sport “Golf with a Shotgun”. This sporting course is designed by Promatic and the skeet field is per U.S. Olympic standards. Los PalomaIf you prefer Bow Hunting, they also have a Bow Tower with shooting stations at 15 and 25 feet. This is a great place for the Louisiana sportsman (or woman) to enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

Los PalomaThe event center is fashioned similarly to a barn with modern decorating and conveniences. The entire facility has a seating capacity for 350 people. As I was walking around the facility, I could envision the endless possibilities. Weddings, receptions, graduation and corporate parties. As you enter the building into the banquet room, the space has a grand, but comfortable feel to it. The floors are shiny, stained concrete and the brick, wood and tin touches create a rustic and elegant atmosphere. There is a lounge area with a wet bar, indoor kitchen with two refrigerator/freezers and a commercial ice maker. Los PalomaThe outdoor kitchen is complete with frying stations, outdoor stove and industrial sized bar-b-q pit. It’s the perfect place to hold a large group gathering such as fish fry or crawfish boil. There is an elevated stage with lighting and PA, great for those events with live bands. Above the banquet seating area is a 160″ rear projection screen. This makes for the ideal sports watching parties.

Los PalomaLos Paloma Sporting Range and Event Center is located at 900 Seven Pines Road in Benton, LA. It’s quite a drive, but so well worth it. I recommend that you give Ross a call at (318) 465-7507 and set up your next sporting or social event. You won’t be disappointed. Make sure you tell them that you read my blog.

See ya around Bossier,

Robin Williams,
Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat & Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes