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Bacon & Fig Events
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Bacon & Fig Events, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a wedding catering and event venue rental service. As the catering arm of BRQ Seafood and Barbeque along with Louisiana Culinary Institute, these highly talented chefs offer an exceptional level of cuisine to couples on their special day. Their focused, versatile approach allows them to accommodate your tastes, creating a stunning banquet fit for your long-awaited occasion.
Bacon & Fig Events takes the time to fully understand the tastes and desires of each client, creating a custom experience for every event. They cater to a wide range of event sizes and styles, and are always able to accommodate dietary restrictions when possible. Bacon and Fig Events can help with wedding and grooms cakes. Customizable edible ink desserts with 3D technolgy, and more. Along with their stunning selection of culinary delights, they can also provide servers, bartenders, and help with rentals or furnishings for your event. Additionally, they also offer venue rental services for your convenience.
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Born and Raised in Chicago, Charlie moved to Baton Rouge in 2008. He helped expand the family business Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI), to one of the premiere culinary schools in the country. After creating and maintaining several professional relationships, Charlie has worked with some of the most prestigious American institutions, including Food Network, and Cooking Channel. He felt with his experience it was time to expand and create something unique.
Charlie believes in supporting LCI graduates and went into business with Executive Chef Justin Ferguson. In 2017, they opened award winning BRQ Seafood and Barbeque restaurant along with their catering wing Bacon and Fig Events.
Charlie’s true passion is hospitality, being accessible and accountable.
A Baton Rouge native, Army Veteran, Michelin recognized Chef Justin Ferguson most recently oversaw four restaurants in Chicago, including the Michelin Guide Good Standard La Storia. Chef Justin has returned home to Baton Rouge to bring the best of seafood and barbeque to Southeastern Louisiana. BRQ has won best BBQ in Baton Rouge two years in a row by 225 Magazine.
April is the Compliance and Chief Financial Officer for Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI). She is also an owner of BRQ Barbeque and Seafood Restaurant, Bacon & Fig Events and Uncle's Seasoning and Spices. April's responsibilities at LCI range in scope, including ensuring accreditation and legal compliance for the school, assisting with curriculum compliance and development, and budgeting and fiscal decisions. If that isn't enough, April also oversees most of the employees at LCI, and she occasionally teaches management, psychology and English courses at the school.
April attended the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts for high school in Natchitoches, LA. She received a BS in English and Psychology from LSU. She also earned a Juris Doctor, Health Law Certificate, and Masters of Law degree (LL.M.) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
While in Chicago, April held several positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS), including Special Assistant. She oversaw a major group plan during the implementation of Part D benefit and earned several distinguished awards for Part D work, Change of Ownership work and other projects. During her time at CMS, April was a part of an exclusive group that did outreach on Part D with members of State Representatives and US Congresspersons. If she is not at LCI or BRQ, April donates her time to several volunteer organizations. She is a co-founder of Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition (BREAC), a group of 6 moms that formed after the 2016 Flood in Baton Rouge. BREAC aided several groups affected by the 2016 flood, multiple hurricanes, and local disasters. In 2016, BREAC was recognized by In Register Magazine on the cover of its "Women with a Cause" issue. April is also a trustee for the LCI Foundation. This trust administers scholarships to graduates who exhibited outstanding performance during their tenure at LCI and need-based scholarships to currently enrolled students. The LCI Foundation also, as part of its mission, assists with feeding the hungry by cooking items and distributing them to vetted food pantries. This includes the monthly Mighty Moms pantry in Livingston Parish. April is one of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report's "2017 Forty Under 40" awardees. In 2019, she was also the recipient of the LSU Women's Center's "Espirit de Femme" award. She is married to Charlie Ruffolo and has two wonderful boys, Giovanni and Luca.
by appointment only, please call or text 225-252-5314.