“I grew up in Scott, Louisiana, the boudin capital of the world. My wife retired from the postal service and I retired from the oil industry as a petroleum engineer. We also owned a big restaurant in Scott.
We bought a house in Gulf Shores and retired here for five years before we started doing this. I made boudin for my friends and they told me I had to open a store because there are none around. The Cajun Boudin Connection has been open a year and six months in Summerdale. Things have been slow during the Coronavirus, but we have survived. If we don’t take care of one another now, the little guys won’t be here when times are good again. We don’t let anyone come in here and buy anything unless they taste it first. I make a camp boudin that no one else makes. It is called camp because they made it in a field in our neighborhood and everyone put in what they had. We cleaned, washed, and gutted hogs. Other families killed their chickens, turkeys, and ducks. They put it in the pot and cooked it up. They didn’t put it in the skin, they served it up in a bowl. It fed the whole neighborhood and we called it camp boudin.
I was raised at the mouth of a river. I started working in the oil industry and worked my way through college and became a petroleum engineer. But I always loved cooking cajun food. My wife and I cook by taste and make everything in this store. Everything is done by flavor and taste, not a cup of this and a cup of that. We have etouffees, bisques, jambalaya, cracklin’, gumbo, and pirogue. Our boudin is so good that it will make your tongue beat your brains out. My wife and I don’t have to do this. We come here because we love what we do every day.
I have been fighting liver disease for years. They told me I had a year to live and we sold the restaurant in Scott. I took medicine and went to the doctor for five years. In 2011, they called and said they had a liver for me. I had to be there in two hours. The doctor told me I had a 50-50 chance to survive. I am a positive thinker. If the Lord is ready for me, he will come get me. I haven’t even had a cold since then. God is good.