Natchez native writes cookbook

Published 12:13 am Sunday, December 2, 2007

NATCHEZ — With her unique style of contemporary Southern cuisine and entertaining, Chef Regina Charboneau celebrates the four seasons of her historic Twin Oaks home (circa 1832) in historic Natchez in “Regina’s Table at Twin Oaks.”

To be published in December 2007, the 250-page full color book features more than 32 seasonal menus created by Charboneau, with some 260 recipes to mark every occasion –including seasonal cooking class menus from her popular Cooking Class Weekends at Twin Oaks.

Charboneau is perhaps best known for her San Francisco restaurant, Regina’s at the Regis, which was located in the heart of the city’s theater district. There, she served award-winning contemporary Southern cuisine from 1985 to the mid- 1990s. Regina’s was a favorite late night spot for theater-goers as well as directors, musicians and actors such as Tim Curry, Shirley Maclain, Danny Glover, Patti LaBelle, Lily Tomlin and many more.

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Like many Southerners, the Natchez native has found her way home. Charboneau has always had a passion for food and cooking. She attended several Southern Universities before ending up in Alaska in 1977 to earn money to go to cooking school in Paris.

“It took me 23 years to get away from Natchez and 23 years to get back,” she said.

Charboneau has been known as much for her genuine Southern hospitality as she has as a Southern chef. In 1995 in San Francisco, she created and opened the first Biscuits & Blues nightclub, which was honored with a WC Handy award for “Best Blues Club in America.” In mid-2000, she came full-circle to her hometown to join the prestigious Monmouth Plantation.

Charboneau and her husband now owns historic Twin Oaks, which has become a popular inn in Natchez.