Changes at Robinson, Jamaican cuisine in Shreveport and Jershika

The holidays are officially in full swing. Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is right around the corner. A lot of things happened in the 318.

Black Friday and local shopping

For someone who has never been to physical Black Friday, I have a lot of opinions how drastically this tradition has changed over the years.

The best gifts are those with special meaning. When we asked readers to tell us what gifts Shreveport represented, you gave us lots of local options you can get for your loved ones this year.

Jamaican cuisine drives food finds

Chef Robyne Moore-Taylor, owner of Taylor’d Eatz, will host “Taste of Jamaica” on January 30 at the MS KICK in downtown Shreveport.

This week’s culinary discoveries feature Chef Robyne Moore Taylor, which brings authentic Jamaican cuisine to Shreveport with its Taylor’d Eatz mobile restaurant.

Their standard menu is filled with specialties like slow-cooked oxtail, jerk pork short ribs, rice and peas, Jamaican beef patties, and pineapple cornbread. Don’t worry, Taylor’d Eatz doesn’t just cater to meat eaters, it also has plenty of delicious options for vegans.

FilmPrize Junior and LSU Health Shreveport Partner for COVID PSA Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine

Monday November 22 five student filmmakers from the northwest Louisiana area shared their COVID-19 public service announcements in collaboration with the FilmPrize Junior program and Louisiana State University Health Shreveport.

Most children and all adolescents are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine according to the CDC. Although young people are at less risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID, serious complications can still occur and lead to hospitalization or death.

Meghan Avallone announces her departure from the Robinson Film Center

The Robinson Film Center says goodbye to executive director Meghan Hochstetler Avallone as she chooses to step down from her role after 10 years.

Avallone plans to remain in the position until it is filled, but will leave to work with her husband Thomas at their family business, Maccentric, which is an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Jershika is in the top 10

from Shreveport Jershika Maple clinched a spot in the top 10 from The Voice on NBC.

Maple causes a ruckus on more than the stage. A trend on TikTok – #Shikarunchallenge – has users attempting their own runs inspired by Maple’s performance with “Inseparable” in the knockout rounds.

Be on the lookout 318, our roundup of the week’s headlines on Sunday night.

Also, check out Business in the 318our weekly roundup of all the business in the area.

Meredith G. White is an arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Life in 318: summary of this week’s main stories

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