Monday, May 3, 2010

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The Gulf Coast oil disaster has led to a halt in all fishing from Louisiana to Florida. CNN's coverage of the environmental catastrophe looks at how oyster crews prepared as the oil slick moved into Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The chemical used to disperse the oil is highly toxic to marine life, which will lead to another hit to the seafood industry. Local seafood restaurants like Cajun Crawfish Shack in Long Beach, Mississippi, are already feeling the effects. "Almost everything on the menu in [Gus Harris'] small cinderblock restaurant is locally sourced seafood. Even if the oil slick doesn't decimate shrimp and oyster beds, Harris already is seeing a spike in prices.He's part of the third generation of his family to live on the Mississippi coast and won't be going anywhere, he said. 'I am too mean to quit,' Harris said. 'If this has to become the Cajun Chicken Shack, so be it.'"

The James Beard Foundation gave its Media and Book Awards and Broadcast Media Awards on Sunday night. The awards continue tonight, with Niche's Gerard Craft up for Best Chef: Midwest.

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