New food truck park opens for lunch in Terrebonne Parish

GRAY, La. (AP) — There’s a new food truck park in town.

985 Eats Food Truck Park is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at 302 Trinity Lane in Gray, off La. 24 northbound near U.S. 90. It’s not far from the UPS building and the Terrebonne Animal Shelter.

Park founders Judith and Mike Lewis, also of Big Mike’s BBQ restaurants in Houma and Thibodaux, said it’s something they’ve been talking about for some time.

Judith Lewis said they wanted to give the community and young entrepreneurs an opportunity to test the food business while not having a lot of overhead. And the location in Gray provides another place to eat for people working at nearby businesses.

“We’re known for our cuisine here in Louisiana, and it’s a shame that there’s not a lot of outlets for people who have the passion and love for food to be able

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Cooking saved woman | |

SUFFOLK, Va. — Chef Kiara Whack couldn’t get the correct burner to light.

She’s used to working with the four-burner stove in her Newport News apartment. On this Friday night in Suffolk, she was cooking at someone else’s home and its stove with six burners. The host was off entertaining dinner guests. So Whack, 32, smirked, looking more amused than annoyed, tested each burner.

She was warming up her signature lentil soup, the first of several courses she would be serving.

But Whack is used to trial and error, to trying again and again, until she finds what works.

In 2013, the stakes of her trial and error were much higher: She was trying to figure out how to save her life.

In May of that year, Whack got out of a relationship that left her feeling traumatized and abused.

She withdrew from the University of Virginia where she was

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