Louisiana’s history is rich with cultural traditions that its people have rooted in their lives for centuries. Down Home, a short documentary series, sets out to chronicle the various ways that these traditions are being continued today. Each episode highlights one person or one group of people as they share what they do to preserve/celebrate the part of Louisiana culture they hold near to them.
The subject of this first installment is Chef Melissa Martin of Chauvin, Louisiana. Growing up on Bayou Petit Caillou, Martin was raised in a community that lived simply and whose lives were embedded in the seafood industry. Now based in New Orleans, Martin hosts a weekly family-style dinner known as Mosquito Supper Club where she cooks for guests using the recipes that have been passed through her family for generations. Throughout this episode she shares how the culture she was raised in has evolved over the years and how she pays homage to that culture by way of her cooking.