Award Dinner

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2017 award dinner


Tommy Simmons

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

Don Bergeron

Joseph Dicapo

Jeremy Langlois 

Ryan Andre


Nathan Gresham

Jared Tees



tommy simmons




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.