New Orleans Red Beans – Episode #95
New Orleans Red Beans and Rice with smoked sausage at Cafe Reconcile
New Orleans Red Beans & Rice, Cafe Reconcile

New Orleans Red Beans

New Orleans red beans and rice is an iconic dish in the Crescent City. Today, we talk red beans and rice with Vince Hayward, the CEO of L.H. Hayward & Company.

While that name might not be familiar, nearly every New Orleanian knows their best selling product – Camellia Brand® Red Beans. Chances are, if you’ve had a plate of red beans and rice in New Orleans, it was made with Camellia Brand® beans.

Join us as we talk about the history of L.H. Hayward & Company, and how their red beans became a part of New Orleans cuisine. We dive deep into red beans, including tips for cooking them and why (we think) generations of New Orleanians have come to expect red beans & rice on Mondays.

Camellia Brand® Recipes and More

If you love New Orleans red beans and rice, you’ll want to check out the Camellia Brand® website ( You’ll find terrific recipes, cooking tips, and one of my favorite features, Bean Stories.

During our discussion, Vince mentioned his favorite hummus is made with black beans. Here’s a direct link to a recipe for black bean hummus.

We have many listeners who are vegan or vegetarian. If that includes you, or you just want to try a different take on New Orleans red beans and rice, check out this vegan red bean recipe.

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Thank You

Thanks to Vince Hayward for inviting me over L.H. Hayward & Co. to talk about New Orleans red beans and rice.

Thanks also to Rachel Strassel at Gambel Communications for connecting me and Vince.

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