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BRG Chefs Repeat Win at Taste of Mid City

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Chefs from Baton Rouge General successfully defended their title as the Best of Mid City with another award-winning dish at the Taste of Mid City, a food festival supporting Youth City Lab. The star of this year’s dish was a Cuban Mojo-injected whole pig, slow roasted in a Caja China (also known as a Cajun microwave). The pork was set atop a handmade sweet Hawaiian style blue corn tortilla, with a Chimi-verde drizzle, oxbow rum-infused grilled pineapple pico, homemade queso fresco, and topped with crispy chicharron dust.

Taste of Mid City was held Sunday, April 14 and featured dishes from restaurants and chefs in the Mid City area plus live music and activities for the family. Hosted by Franklin Associates, the event is a way to bring the community together while supporting a good cause. Participating Mid City restaurants and chefs included Bistro Byronz, Crafted Nibbles, Ethelene Pralines, Elsie’s Plate & Pie, Mestizo, MJ’s Café, Monjuni’s, Reginelli’s, Rouses, Spoke & Hub, and The Village Cafe.

BRG’s culinary team has been recognized in the past for its dishes, including Best in Show at the popular Capital Chefs Showcase, which featured over 40 of the community’s finest restaurants, chefs and caterers. That winning dish was crispy braised pork belly, osso bucco served over blackened praline risotto with crawfish mascarpone, and pumpkin tiramisu. Anyone from the public can dine at the hospital’s cafeterias – not just patients. Between the Bluebonnet and Mid City locations, the hospital serves more than 2.5 million meals per year.

Youth City Lab, located on Government Street, is Baton Rouge’s first state-of-the-art youth center, offering programs and resources for local kids. This includes a new Front Yard Bikes shop; a youth mentoring program through Big Buddy; Line4Line, a barbershop-based literacy program; Humanities Amped, a school-based program that promotes healing through the humanities; a performance stage and seating area; commercial kitchen; courtyard and community garden.

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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with over 600 licensed beds between three campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General is affiliated with several medical school programs, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @BRGeneral and Instagram @batonrougegeneral.