Artists are heading to the small Pike County city of Louisiana, Mo., to paint the town.
On Sept. 13, Louisiana will host its third plein air event. “En plein air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and generally describes the act of painting outdoors. Organizers are expecting more than 25 artists from three states.
“They set up their easels and they paint the town — literally,” said Dennis Babbitt, co-chairman of the plein air committee. “They’ll paint pictures during the day, and then in the evening we have a reception and showing for the public.”
As a chef, culinary writer and restaurant owner, Karen Mitcham-Stoeckley has made a career out of food. Currently, she is the co-owner of Eagle’s Nest Inn and Winery and Josephine’s Bakery in Louisiana, Mo.
Cooking is also part of her family heritage, but it wasn’t until a year and a half ago that she was able to discover more. The result is “A Culinary Legacy: From Escoffier to Today,” a book that is part narrative, part history, and part cookbook.