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2017 award dinner
2017 Grace "Mama" Marino Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Thursday, August 24, 2017
L'Auberge Casino and Hotel Baton Rouge
777 L’Auberge Avenue
Meet the 2017 Dinner Chefs
2017 Award Recipient
Tommy Collier Simmons, a Baton Rouge High and LSU journalism school alumnus, is a national award-winning food writer/editor and entertaining, gardening and arts enthusiast.
Simmons began her journalism career with The Advocate and the State-Times newspapers in 1968, starting out as a business writer before meeting Pat Baldridge, the food editor of both newspapers, and agreeing in 1976 to write a weekly column, “In Baton Rouge Kitchens,” featuring local cooks and their recipes.
“I wanted to learn about food and cooking from our talented home cooks and to allow them to discuss their ideas for entertaining as well as share their tips and recipes,” Tommy recalled.