Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bacon is always good.

If you're a bacon lover then you'll love this week's special! A classic BLT but it's served with delicious apple-mayo. We also have our roast beef po-boy with tasty au ju dip still and the mixed green salad with pear slices, goat cheese, and cranberry vinigrette. These two items are on our menu to stay!

We're trying to keep people warm in this chilly weather so stop by and have a cup of hot oven roasted tomato soup to warm those bones. Or if you would just like to relax, come join the big read and enjoy a great space for a good book and a good cup of coffee or hot tea.

Don't forget we still have holiday goodies for you to order!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Time to give thanks

Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. There are so many things to be thankful for this year. We've been providing the downtown Shreveport area great cuisine for a year now! This year we want you to take a break from all of that cooking and order a holiday pie or cake! Today is the last day before Thanksgiving to order your treat. It's not to late to order for Christmas though.

For our special this week we will be doing a pulled pork roast po-poy with horseradish-mayo, lettuce, and tomatoe. If you want something lighter then try our wild mushroom and veal soup. Come in and enjoy!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

TNT&Unwind Downtown

Well tonight is the monthly TNT Express Trolley and the Pub Crawl. The trolley will be stopping for an abbreviated tour of the Logan Mansion, then on to the Scottish Rite Temple, and finally to the Great Depression exhibit at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.

If your more in the mood to unwind, then join us for our pub crawl where you will be able to get great deals at some of the local pubs

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Louisiana Weather

This weather is making everyone a little under the weather. But we're still trying to offer a little bit of comfort. Try a cup of oven roasted tomato soup and a grilled pimento cheese. And while your at it a cup of hot coffee and a slice of homemade pecan pie!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Soup's on

Don't forget that tomorrow night; Tuesday November 17, is Some one's in the Soup Kitchen. We will have five local celebrity chefs under one roof to entertain your taste buds. We will be showcasing Robert Franklin, Shreveport Club; Dave Bridges, private chef; Eddie Mars, The Petroleum Club; Sydney Bell, cafe@artspace; and Giuseppe Brucia, Giuseppe's Ristorante.

For our soup kitchen we will have stations serving slices of home-baked breads, wine and dessert. We will kick of the evening at 6:30 p.m. with Jeannine Pasini Beakman performing "voices of Witness, a 20-minute storytelling tribute to the people, places, and events of the Great Depression. Dinner will commence at 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $40. If you are interested in tickets call (318) 673-6535 or e-mail

Don't miss this!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

we are here and you should be

have you ever believed in something so much that it makes you crazy when no one else seems to recognize it? well that is what we do here at artspace. we believe in what we produce. from food to exhibit, we love and create the best. my grandmother( step grandmother by marriage) is 94 years old. she should have been chronicled in our exhibit except that it never occurred to me that she was that old because she is so vibrant and clear. i stopped, and i am busy, to listen to her this week and i was amazed.

stop by this week and hear what our elders have to say. it will touch your life. have a reuben or the new roast beef sandwich. like your in depth inquiry into the elders in your life, you will not be disappointed.

oh yeah order your holiday pie today!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ice cream, You scream, We all scream for ice cream!

This weather is all messed up isn't it? One day in Louisiana it's time for hot chocolate, five minutes later you're enjoying ice cream. Well we have that covered at least. Keep in mind that tomorrow we have a book signing here at Artspace from 1-5 p.m. We're going to have hot cider, coffee, and cookies. Don't miss this event! There will be 6 authors who will speak to our audience.

highland music festival

remember to get out this saturday and support your local and regional musicians. the music will be great and the weather we hope will be too. the only thing i love more than a good meal is a great music. if you are anything like me, you will buy 3 of whatever they are seeling from the food vendors and have it all on saturday. see you there. i will be the one with the hot dog on a stick and the "hot dog" my poodle mix oscar. isn't living in shreveport bossier the most fun? the answer I am looking for is oh yeah!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sizzilin' Soup!

This week in the cafe, we're serving up a menu reflecting the Great Depression. This week we're serving up the soups. We have tomato soup and potato and corn chowder! If that has you sparked, keep in mind we also are serving up a hearty roast beef and Swiss po-boy with lettuce, tomato and horseradish mayo on the side. And a wonderful Au juis dipping sauce on the side. If you can, save room for decedent pecan pie or sweet potato pie!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Need I mention we have the best soup of all?! We have a corn and potato chowder that is divine tonight for the opening of Triumph over Tragedy. If you haven't made it here yet, then you should get in your vehicle of choice and join us!
We're hoping to have our oven roasted tomato soup, the great chowder, some tasty desserts and maybe couchon du lait po boys.(yes I needed help to spell that) In Cajun that's pulled pork boys and girls. :)
If the thought of mouth watering melt in your mouth pulled pork doesn't do it for you we also have our normal menu as well. We are currently working on a new menu also. We're keeping most of your favorites and adding a roast beef auju (sorry about my spelling.)
So when Monday rolls around we hope to see you here at the cafe@artspace!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

TOT Triumph Over Tragedy

Opening night of Triumph over Tragedy is tomorrow night! From 7-10p.m. you will be able to come and see the exhibit. Admission is $10. There will be alot going on so don't miss it!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

American Twist

We're serving Frito Pies today! This American classic is being served with a twist. Chili, diced tomatoes, onions, Cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Almost makes you feel nostalgic huh?
We are also kicking up the holiday season with our homemade cakes and pies ready to order! When you have family coming in, a house to maintain, and such; dessert should be the last thing on your mind. Let us do it for you! We have an amazing array of choices this year.

Choose from:
Italian Cream Cake
Carrot Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Pecan Pie
Add your choice of toffee and/or chocolate
Sweet Potato Pie

We are going to do a "photo shoot" of our choices and I hope to upload the pics to wet your appetite

Monday, November 2, 2009

Chilli-Lime Chicken Wrap

That's what we're putting on the plate this week! This is a delicious wrap with warm chicken, black beans, diced tomatoes, chedder cheese, and monterey jack. Topped with zesty lime salsa! It's sure to delight your senses!
For everyone who kept checking in for the blog last week, I appologize. The weather just got the best of us and no one was able to update. Just in case anyone was wondering we made it though the storms just fine. Our building was just fine, the church down the street however had some extensive damage. And for the man who got caught up in it we are wishing him a speedy recovery!
We are currently out of dessert for the start of the week but I will let you know as soon as I get some!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

We're serving it up!

The quesadilla's are a huge hit here so if you haven't stopped by to try one you might want to before we sell out! Steak was such a big success that we are doing chicken as well. To add to the weekly special we are also doing our salmon bagels again. These however will be served with cream cheese, chives, lettuce and smoked salmon all on a toasty bagel.

The weather is so awesome outside also, so don't be stuck inside! It's a great chance to go for a short stroll and have a cup of coffee with a friend and enjoy carrot, Italian cream cake, or caramel apple bread pudding served with succulent cranberries.

We are also starting a 'Support your local cafe' campaign! Every month (maybe more often than that even!)we will be offering free desserts or other things of the such. Who isn't interested in free food!? I will be checking in with Sydney to find out what the special word of the week is and if ya'll come in and tell your waitress when you order, you'll get a free dessert! But it will change every so often so you have to keep checking back!

So let's start this off this week! This week's word is ZOMBIE. Don't forget it! Let's get the ball rolling in supporting the local things we have here! When the farmer's market kicks back up we will be buying as much local things as we can to support the cause. Thanks for keeping posted!

Monday, October 19, 2009

It's almost Artscare!

Man time has flown by! Artscare is this Friday! If you haven't bought tickets yet, it's still not to late! We want everyone there! Things kick off at 7:30 and you need to go online to get tickets at or you can call 318-673-6500 ;

Artscare isn't the only thing going on though, we have some great things offered this week in the cafe. This week's specials include a decedent caramel apple cheesecake and fajita steak quesadilla!

Sorry the blog is so short right now, but there is so much going on! But ya'll should defiantly stop by!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's October

It's finally fall everyone and what better way to enjoy it than with good company in a great space! We have so much going on right now here at Artspace and the Cafe too! Tonight at the cafe we are having our Someones In The Kitchen showcase where Chef J.B. Embory will be dazzling about forty people with fine dinning! If you aren't attending you should defiantly put your spot in for next month!

Don't miss this week's special! This week Sydney is cooking up some wonderful crab Alfredo. It's a delicious blend of jumbo lump crab and linguine noodles covered in our homemade Alfredo sauce! Also for a little twist we are serving up salmon bagel sandwiches. These sandwiches feature a toasted bagel with smoked salmon and dressed with a homemade creme fraiche, lettuce and tomato.

Don't miss Thursday either! You are all invited to join us for unwind downtown and the TNT express! We are going to be keeping the cafe open so everyone can come get a bite to eat before or after their activities. And don't forget about Artscare! This is our annual fun-raiser and we have a night of frightfully good music, food, entertainment and more in store! It isn't too late to buy your tickets if you haven't. Just visit us online at or just call us at 318-673-6535/318-673-6500.

Keep checking in for our weekly specials and updates!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I have missed you!

just in case you have been vacationing on the moon and missed it, our parent organizations offices were burned down. this has been an unfortunate ordeal, but it has rekindled our FIRE to do the work we are here to do. i have missed our daily bloggersations, but i am here to say that i am back and the dialogue will continue!!

hope you are hungry because we are just getting geared up!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Blowin' the Roof OFF this Place Tonight!

Oh Man!!!! The beats are flowin' HARD tonight!!! Headlining the HIP-HOP Night at artspace is GoGetter Records recording artist Yockie Joe with Rhythmic Haze! We also got Shreveport's own Big Money Blitz and sounds of DJ E-Law.

B-Boys started breakin outside, gathering a HUGE crowd of onlookers...

And now we brought the cardboard inside so they can break right in front of the stage!!!


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Someone's In The Kitchen - August 11th

wine glassSomeone's In The Kitchen @ artspace

Offering a variety of dining experiences, an eyeful of color, fascinating interaction with the feature chef and the opportunity to wine, dine and meet new people. Someone's in the Kitchen has it all for the food connoisseur.

August 11th will feature Bill Kelly, Executive Chef at Superior Steakhouse.

Chef Kelly will be demonstrating and preparing the following menu:

First Course - Smoked Tomato Manhattan Clam Chowder

Second Course - Mixed Greens with spiced pecans, grape tomatoes, and gorgonzola cheese with ribbon cane vinaigrette,

Third Course -Horseradish crusted beef tenderloin with mushroom cream and sauteed asparagus

Fourth Course - Apple cinnamon creme brulee.

His famous creole style creamed brussel sprouts will be served "family style" at the dinner tables.

Superior Steakhouse Wine Steward, Peter Filipek, will be selecting the wines for each course.

$70 per person

Seating limited to 36.

Pre-registration recommended by calling artspace at (318) 673-6535.

Monday, August 3, 2009

JUMBO DOG @artspace

this week's jumbo dog is THE COBB. Bringing a little bit of southern California to the cafe', we offer an all beef jumbo hot dog with shredded iceburg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, crumbled applewood smoked bacon, and homemade blue cheese dressing. try one. i promise you will be surprised and delighted not to mention stuffed.

new menu @ the cafe@artspace

check out our new menu today

Friday, July 31, 2009

Tonight, GRAFFITI comes to artspace!

It's pretty apparent to anyone driving down Texas St. that something is different. Graffiti artists ELSE from L.A. and PUBERT from Phoenix have taken over the walls with their styles of graffiti in preparation for the exhibit tonight. Art Corp kids from Job Corp have helped them in creating new works of art to adorn the walls of artspace for this exhibit. Of course the cafe@artspace has stepped up to support this wonderful opening night with a full menu of urban eats inspired by The Urban Cookbook by King Adz. So come on down tonight to see the wonderful works of fine art...and fine food!

TONIGHT! July 31
7pm - 10pm
artspace 710 Texas St.
$10 a person
$5 for students and military

Sunday, July 26, 2009

summer event of the year!!

600 people flooded artspace saturday night following the heather pixley wedding. it was beautifully done with cakes by the gingerbread house, music by the groove agents , and food by yours truly or I should say by my little army of genius'. tonight, i am especially proud of how we handled such a large crowd on such a fresh new group of cooks. that is what I love about the culinary arts at artspace. come as a part timer,leave a tremendous culinary artists. it was so fun.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

you missed it..

today we made vanilla bean creme brulee. sold out quick...

Friday, July 17, 2009

delicious neighbor...

it is not what you think.. go by abby singers in the RFC. the best meal I have had in a while. Jed is a very talented chef! we are lucky he is in shreveport. go try his food soon.

eat @ farmer's market

come see us tomorrow at the farmer's market from 9:30am to 12:00pm. watermelon gazpacho, fruit parfait, potato salad, and a special summer vegetable dish. hope to see you there!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

sous chef eric davis a dessert genius

i am always impressed with eric's abilities. i dare say it to him and since he is not a computer guy, i can say it to all of you. i have had the joy of working with a few really talented dessert chefs, he outshines them all. just had a banana cheesecake that can only be beat by the passionfruit cheesecake he makes. don't get me started about the baked alaska! come by and let us sweeten you up soon.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

amazing day @ the cafe

whew!! tired and happy. we appreciate the support!! you appreciate the fresh fruit!!

big news in the times

thank you to the slow food movement for letting us be a part of their article in the shreveport times. we are passionate about supporting our local farmers. homemade, slow, from scratch is a way of life for Sydney and I. see what you are missing by going through the drivethru everyday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

soooo gooood!

while i had no doubt whatsoever, sidney blew everyone away tonight. i need to make a shout out to sous chef eric davis for his mango cheese cake. i am the luckiest guy in the world to have such talented people surrounding me. if you weren't here you missed a lot. check out the replay in the forum soon...

Sidney's in the Kitchen@artspace!!

tonight's someone's on the kitchen will feature our very own Sidney Bell. she is the executive chef here@artspace. a lot of the great food you taste comes from hardwork and immense talentshe brings to this organization. a true culinary artist, tonight she will be featuring a greek and mediteranean menu. i am looking for ward to the passion fruit cheesecake. what an ingenious combination for this warm spell we are having. sample some greek wines and relax as we introduce and toast a bright new talent. she has been a part of my team for years, I am happy to shine the spotlight on her. kudos sid!!!!

Farmer's Market Day!!

chef sidney and i are going to be cooking at the farmer's market on saturday, july 18 from 930am-1200pm. please come and see us as we support the slowfoods organization as they kick off their slow foods week. check out slow food north louisiana on the web for more information.

Monday, July 13, 2009

monday madness

another frenzied monday is almost over at the cafe@artspace. you send out one harmless twitter about chicken salad and the downtown area goes wild. spent the morning doing an interview featuring our great program "someone's in the kitchen." check us out tomorrow morning for an updated special menu. i shouldn't complain about selling out of the special on monday. i am elated. what kind of special dessert should I create today? any ideas? always open to suggestion...

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Happy Engagement Josh and Amy!!

it was a simple, elegant affair tonight at artspace as 50 of their closest friends came to toast their upcoming nuptials. as they will be marrying in south Louisiana, they could think of no better place to host a party for their north Louisiana friends and family. nestled against the gorgeous view of downtown in our coolspace gallery, they noshed on blackened steak with grilled asparagus. curried chicken salad, citrus smoked salmon, and crudite. great wines from purple winery complimented the array of sweet perfectly. the bride to be's favoriteswere the mini moon pies while her big sis was heard saying how much she loved the mini oatmeal cream sandwiches. artspace was the their destination for art, food, and fun! we wish them the very best!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

musicspace@artspace a big hit!

if you were anywhere else on friday night from 6pm to 10pm, you missed out on two of the most energetic, original, and entertaining bands shreveport has to offer. i was dancing in the kitchen while I was preparing crab stufffed mushrooms and curried chicken salad for another one of the fabulous events booked at artspace tomorrow night. i had no idea the entire audience could she me jamming out to the bands. make plans to be be here for the next one. you will be glad you did.

Freaky Friday Featuring Fine Fortissimo

For anyone who missed out on today's events, we have been busy here at artspace. Mayor Glover came today for a press conference regarding artspace. We fed the group here discussing the upcoming Great Depression exhibit (We enjoyed them all this week), however what I really want to share is the music space event tonight.

For a $5 cover, we have available Mr. Christopher (and friends) and Rene Caldwell playing some tunes for us. Of course we have drink specials as well. You can't turn down dollar longnecks for the beer drinkers, and for those in need of more substancial nourishment we will be concocting ham and cheese or turkey and swiss on sourdough sandwitches on our grills.

Do yourself a favor and come on out!
Starting at 6pm!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fresh Eats @ the cafe@artspace

Summer Vegetable soup, Pesto chicken sandwich, mini key lime pies... while it lasts.. made fresh daily!!

Read all about it...

keep your eyes open for great upcoming articles featuring executive chef Sydney Bell, your cafe@artspace team, and yours truly. we are being chronicled in the Times, Red River Moms Magazine, and the Forum. Seems like the word is out and it is so good!!

Friday, July 3, 2009


eat, drink, celebrate! the cafe@artspace wishes you and yours a glorious holiday weekend. we urge you to exercise your freedoms by indulging in homegrown and homemade cuisine. next week when you need a light fresh lunch to ease your guilt over all the BBQ you ate, we will be here. your destination for art, food, and fun is artspace. Happy 4th!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Someone's In The Kitchen - July 14th

Come join Sydney Bell, executive chef of cafe@artspace, for a Middle Eastern inspired dinner!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

5th grade to 50

This week at artspace has been jammed packed. we already celebrated someone's 50th birthday with 100 of their closest friends. tonight we toasted 100 fifth graders on their way to middle school. all of this and it is only tuesday. wednesday will be just as deliciously frenzied as we host meetings and luncheons. if you haven't stopped by, you only have a few days left to see our Cuban art. Thank you to all the staving artist who came by to day to eat lunch. $5.00 for our lunch is a steal!! see you soon.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Starving Artists Special! Tuesday and Wednesday Only!

That's right! To support both our patrons and starving artists in the Shreveport area, for Tuesday (June 23) and Wednesday (June 24) only we are offering a $5 Box Lunch!

This offer includes:

1/2 Sandwich
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Ham and Cheddar
  • Turkey and Swiss
  • And the options of lettuce, tomato, and condiments
One Side
  • Potato Salad
  • Fruit
  • Chips
Cookie & Drink!

All this for just $5! Hurry on down to the cafe@artspace for a lunch and keep checking back with the blog for future specials!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Farmer's Market Fun

This morning I was up and at the Farmer's Market by 6:45am. Crazy, I know. But I was on a mission. This week I have a private dinner at artspace for 40. On the menu is a spinach salad with fried green tomato. I bought some beautiful tomatos last week and Iwas determined to get more. I was successful and this batch is prettier than the last. Come see us this week and taste how wonderful locally grown produce can be. Ipicked up a bunch of fun fruits and veggies. Don't get me started on the homemade granola and locally roasted coffee. I think fresh produce makes people happy.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

This Week's Special!

Cyber Innovation Conference

500 of the country's cyber elite took time to reboot at artspace on Wednesday night. We played the perfect southern host offering our guest red beans and rice, jambalaya, and baked ham with ruston peach chutney. These cyber innovators were treated to local art, cuisine, musicians, and hospitality. Many purchased local sourced gift items from our giftspace. I even saw quite a few science and tech guys with to go plates. Our jambalaya at 2 am in a hotel room! perfection.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

where the wild things are...

Tonight the cafe@artspace hosted the Louisiana Restaurant Association. About 50 local restauranteurs and business owners were treated to a WILD night. Executive Chef Sydney Bell created a delightful menu that featured Caribou sirloin on a bed of wilted kale and drizzled with wild mushrooms. Sous Chef Eric Davis revived a classic with his take on a baked Alaska with homemade chocolate covered espresso bean sheep's milk ice cream. Now that was a mouthful that was a delicious mouthful. Tossing and turning wondering what to create for lunch tomorrow. I 've got it! you will have to come and see for yourself.
- michael

Saturday, May 23, 2009

dry downtown

in a strange turn of events, we had to close on friday and turnaway a bunch of business. the downtown area was without water. when you make everything from scratch every day, it really drives home how much water we need. better days next week. see you tuesday!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

young proffessional to mob artspace tonight!

Tonight young proffessionals descend on artspace to sip mojitos, eat a little cuban fare, and bask in the glow of cuban art. I am told they will then be joining the hoopla that is unwinddowntown.
Thursdays will never be the same in downtown shreveport. We hope.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Black Angus Reuben is a hit!

Today the cafe@artspace was wild. Thank you downtown Shreveport. I am confident we fed you well. Our black angus reuben was a big hit and we sold all of the key lime pie. Miss Laverne from Boca Raton was right! Come see what you have been missing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Who says there is nothing to do in Shreveport? artspace (located in the west edge of Texas street in beautiful and cultural downtown shreveport) will be hosting unwinddowntown. Unwinddowntown pub and culture crawl is the third thurday of the month from 5pm-9pm. It is your ticket to great food, entertainment, and fun in the downtown area. Sign in @artspace, jump on the trolley, and see where the fun takes you. The fun begins @artspace. Where you take it from there is all you. Remember to support the arts in your community.I will see you Thursday. Better yet, come to lunch at the cafe@artspace and we will make plans together.


This week at the cafe@artspace

You have loved our Turkey Pastrami Reuben, try our traditional take on this great classic. Black Angus Pastrami Reuben with your choice of fresh fruit( a downtown favorite), homemade potato salad ( the tourist bureau's #1 pick), or potato chips. $5.00
Take a mini vacation with a slice of our Key Lime Pie! A little old lady from Boca Raton swore it was better than any she had back home. I believe her.
What better way to celebrate a sunny day than with homemade sorbet. I love the pineapple, the strawberry, and the blueberry. My favorite is the blueberry. Dont tell the others. The pineapple is sentive!

If that isn't enough to entice, come and see the exhibit. The Art of Cuba shouldn't be missed.