Chefs Tenney Flynn and Megan Forman to reign in Krewe of Lafcadio

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GW Fins' chef Tenney Flynn

(Photo by The Times-Picayune)

Star chefs often get the royal treatment. But only in New Orleans do they actually wield a scepter and don a crown.

Chef Megan Forman of Gracious Bakery

Chef Megan Forman of Gracious Bakery

The Krewe of Lafcadio takes to the street this Saturday, Feb. 9, and its reigning royalty are chefs. This year's honors go to king Tenney Flynn of GW Fins and duchess Megan Forman of Gracious Bakery, who will step out of their kitchens and ramble through the French Quarter.

Primarily a walking krewe, its raison d'être is celebrating New Orleans culture, particularly the culinary arts. The signature throw? Wooden spoons, of course.

The krewe's namesake is the writer Lafcadio Hearn, who penned a 19th-century Creole cookbook and eloquently chronicled the city’s corruption and dysfunction. He’s the author of the famous line: “It is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.”

While the purpose of the parade is undoubtedly to have fun, the krewe has a charitable side. Proceeds will help support a New Orleans Navy League program that sends local chefs to cook for sailors aboard the USS New Orleans and the USS Louisiana.

The parade starts Saturday at 2 p.m. at Chartres and St. Ann streets and will work its way through the French Quarter. For a little more background, read last year's story: New Orleans chefs celebrate Mardi Gras in Krewe of Lafcadio.