Oysters Bienville were named for Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville. He was born in 1680 in Montreal, Canada, and was the second colonial governor of Louisiana. He died in New Orleans in 1768. I was fascinated to read in the Encyclopaedia Britannica that when Bienville first came to New Orleans, the village was “a place of a hundred wretched hovels in a malarious wet thicket of willows and dwarf palmettos, infested by serpents and alligators.” The oyster dish named in his honor is an elegant dish, with oysters baked in a cream sauce with crabmeat or shrimp.
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