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Crates of Avoyelles yams sit waiting to be distilled into vodka at the NOLA Distilling Co. in New Orleans.

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Kirk Coco, CEO of NOLA Distilling, uses only Avoyelles Parish-grown sweet potatoes from Deshotel Farms to make his line of vodka. Coco’s parents are originally from Moreauville.

N.O. distillery uses only Avoyelles yams for its vodka

Sweet potatoes have been a part of Avoyelles Parish for generations.

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T-Rak’s owner Josh Townsend (center) watches employee Molly McCoy (left) help customer Sara Riche with a quick lunch item. Townsend said T-Rak’s dining area can sit 15 customers, but he does a brisk lunchtime take-out business.

T-Rak’s: more than just a meat market

{Editor’s Note: Avoyelles is known for its outstanding local food. To celebrate that, we will periodically feature a local restaurant or amateur chef of this parish.}



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