A new Berne-based Cajun Cafe Food Truck is serving up Cajun Cuisine.
Berne-based Food Truck serves up Cajun Cuisine
Berne, Indiana (March 21, 2021) — A new Berne-based food truck is serving up authentic Cajun food to residents of Adams, Wells and Jay counties in northeastern Indiana. Southern Louisiana native René LeBlanc and his wife, Rena LeBlanc, recently launched the Cajun Café food truck to bring Louisiana cuisine to the region. The menu includes traditional Cajun entrees including gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish pies, and catfish po’boys, all for under $10, as well as sides and desserts such as corn maque choux, bread pudding, and pecan pralines.
The food truck will be visiting the communities of Berne, Decatur, Monroe, Bluffton, Ossian, and Bryant on a rotating basis. Customers can place orders onsite or online through the firm’s website, www.lacajuncafe.com, which helps reduce waiting time and gives the chefs more time to prepare the order. The truck will be operating daily except for Wednesdays and Sundays. Customers should visit the Cajun Café Facebook page for the daily locations and hours of operation. The food truck also can be hired for private parties, with the capacity to serve up to 100 people.
René LeBlanc, who has more than 20 years of experience as a Cajun chef, cooks all of the food for Cajun Café and operates the food truck with help from his wife Rena as well as a part-time assistant. While the LeBlancs’ migration from southern Louisiana to northern Indiana might seem unusual, it all had to do with family ties.
“My wife, Rena, is from Berne and moved to Louisiana after college. We met in church, dated for a while, and got married. Once the kids were grown and moved out of the house, we finally had a chance to pack up and go anywhere we wanted. We came to Berne to visit Rena’s family for what was supposed to be two weeks, and we ended up deciding to stay here,” he explained. “I told Rena years ago that if we ever moved up north, I wanted to bring some of my Cajun culture and food with us, and here we are.”
The couple moved from Baton Rouge to Berne six months ago. Once they decided to bring Cajun food to Indiana, LeBlanc put together a business plan, shared it with representatives from the local business organizations SCORE and the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, and the rest is history. “We bought a trailer, gutted it completely, then remodeled the entire inside, equipped it, and here we are turning our dream into reality,” he said.
For photographs and details of the Cajun Café’s food offerings, visit the firm’s website, www.lacajuncafe.com. To learn more about the services of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, visit www.isbdc.org or call 260-481-0500.