Karl Breaux is a French speaking CAJUN, born in Lafayette, Louisiana and has received awards from the governments of France and Louisiana for his efforts to protect the French language. Karl's commitment to the culture of the legally recognized "Acadiana" region of French Louisiana is evident in his efforts to highlight the various historic and eco-cultural destinations.
Karl works with his family in their supermarket and has cooked for many years at hunting camps, family outings and public events. Karl has a unique way of enjoying Louisiana’s Paradise while showing how a real and True CAJUN cooks the traditional meals as well as the modern methods of preparing Great Home Cooked Meals. Karl's authentic product line finally gives everyone a chance to experience a family style Cajun meal, just like someones' grandma cooked it here in South Louisiana.
To quote Karl’s favorite saying:
“Love everyone and have fun, it is a short life”
The 700,000 Cajuns who live in South Louisiana are descendants of French Canadians. About 18,000 French-speaking Catholic inhabitants from Brittany, Poitou, Normandy, and across France established the French colony of Acadia, now Nova Scotia, Canada. The year was 1604 - sixteen years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, thus establishing one of the first permanent colonies on the North American continent. By the time the British won the colony from France in 1713, they had established a thriving, self-sufficient community.For refusing to pledge allegiance to the British crown, which required renouncing their traditional Catholic religion for that of the Anglican Church, they were forced from their homes in 1755. This cruel and tragic event, known as Le Grand Derangement, separated families and forced people to flee with only the possessions they c ould carry. Homes and crops were burned by the British and the Acadians went to sea under dreadful conditions. More than half lost their lives.The survivors were scattered along the U.S. eastern seaboard and France until 1784, the King of Spain consented to allow them to settle in South Louisiana. Most followed the path which led to New Orleans. There they received a hostile greeting from the French aristocracy so they headed west of the city into unsettled territory. They settled along the bayous of south central and south western Louisiana where they could live according to their own beliefs and customs.For several generations, the Cajuns raised various crops and lived on the bayou where they fished and trapped. Today, Cajuns are famous for their unique French dialect, their music, their spicy cooking and for their ability to live life to its fullest.