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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
A Louisiana delicacy is making its way out of the swamp and into some
restaurants up north.
Shows like Swamp People are bringing attention to Cajun cooking and alligator
meat is now on some menus in places like New York, California and even
Illinois. For some local restaurants, that means their supply has been
"There's a demand for up to 500 pounds a week, which is a lot," said
Michael Cashio, owner of Heads & Tails.
Cashio says in the summer of 2011, he started getting calls from a New York
restaurant asking for alligator. He says alligator ribs are what that
restaurant has asked for.
"She wants like an eight- or 10-foot alligator. Hard to pack to get
to New York like that," he said. Now, his company is shipping
alligator meat to even more states. "Company in Vail, Colorado; sent
a lot to Montana, Sacramento, California."
Part of the popularity, Cashio says, is due to all the reality shows in
Louisiana. That meant over the summer, some restaurants here were fresh
"Through middle of summer we were out. Our supply was
depleted. What we put in cold storage and keep on hand - we were out in
Hurricane Isaac pushed the start of alligator hunting season back, from August
to September. That, Cashio says, cut some of the product back by 30
percent. So now the demand, in and out of state, outweighs the supply; which
in turn, has driven up the price.
"We were paying $7 a pound. Now it's up to $10," said Cashio.
Now that gator hunters are back on the water, more people are sure to get
hooked on Louisiana gator.
"It's just the novelty of it. People like to try something
Cashio says he's making sure he holds on to some of the supply to send with
LSU Tiger fans, when they visit the Florida Gators next week.