Joe Roy Pendarvis at the dock of The Bluegill on Mobile Bay’s Causeway

Raised in Bayou La Batre – Learned How the World Works in Boston – Navigating a New Adventure in SoCal!

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Through his Bayou La Batre, AL roots and his commercial fisherman background, Joe Roy learned how Gulf Coast cuisine should taste and how to cook it.  His father captained the Sun Star, a 68-foot wooden shrimp boat built by Landry Boat Works.  Shrimp were sold from Florida to Texas, but business was mainly conducted in Bayou La Batre, AL, Golden Meadow, LA, and Delcambre, LA.  These places are where Joe Roy’s food and fishing memories were created.  From a shark hook incident in Golden Meadow (Joe Roy broke the record in the 1980’s for the largest hook to be removed from a person at Our Lady of The Sea Hospital) to Delcambre’s Annual Fleet Blessing, south Louisiana was his second home.  He was even considered to be a migrant in public school because of the amount of time spent away at various ports.

Joe believes that being Southern is truly something you are born and raised as, and you can’t escape it as much as you try.  It’s like a big ole’ birthmark; Even if you get it lasered off, it will reappear with the sun, nervousness, a few drinks, or a phone conversation with your mama.  It can never be completely concealed.  After moving to Boston and living there for 16 years, attempts to understand New England culture was thwarted by Joe Roy’s persistent Southern roots.  He decided to embrace his roots, celebrate them and share them with others no matter where he lives.

With a full heart Joe Roy invites you to his table through his Recipe Page and his Gumbo Journal.

Thank you for reading and your input is valuable.

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