Here’s the story of
Fontenot and a Half and how its unique seasoning was born.
Some of this might sound made up, but I can assure you, there
is truth to every sentence.
It Starts with a
A few years ago, Cal and I decided it was time to venture out
of the confinements of Louisiana and make a duck hunting trip
to Canada. Since we love to hunt ducks as much as anyone, and
we love road trips, we decided to give this a shot, literally.
After two days and two
thousand miles of traveling, we arrived in Saskatchewan with
the hopes of coming home a week later with ducks to last a
year, and memories to last a lifetime. We didn’t know anyone up
there and had no real plan on what to do or where we were
going to hunt, but that was the whole point.
While driving down the highway on our first night in Canada,
we approached a red light in the town of Regina and thought
about where we should spend the night.
This is when things got a
While sitting at the
light, a car pulled up on the side of us with a lady hanging
out of the window screaming, “Are yall from Louisiana?!”
Apparently she had seen our license plate. “Yes ma’am!” we
replied. The lady was with her husband and they insisted we
follow them to a restaurant and let them buy us dinner. Not
knowing anyone, and never shy, we took them up on the offer
and headed to a little local diner not far down the road.
The couple began to tell Cal and me how they are from Canada
and how much they love Louisiana and travel there every few
years. They were shocked to see us in their hometown of Regina
and invited us to dinner a couple of nights later at their
While there, they showed
us their Louisiana cookbook collection (which was probably
around a thousand books) and treated us to a “home cooked”
jambalaya. They also made the best tasting Bloody Mary drinks
you’ve never had.
Well the glasses these Bloody
Marys were served in were lined with a sort of tangy
seasoning that added an extra flavor to our drinks. This sort
of unique spice on the rim of the glass gave Cal and me some
ideas. If we could mix that unusual flavor with some good
Cajun seasoning back home, there was no telling how good that
could be. And that’s just what we did!
Birth of a Cajun
Once back in Louisiana, we began to blend this sort of tangy
seasoning with spices that we all love to use everyday back in
Cajun Country. After several attempts, we finally came up with
the right mixture of ingredients that gave the seasoning a
unique, spicy taste that is not found in any other seasoning.
And that’s not made up.
For a couple years, we
had their Canadian seasoning mailed to us from our new friends
in Regina. The ingredients in this seasoning could not be
found on any shelf in any store back home. And that’s how the
seasoning came about.
in a Name?
As for the name, it’s pretty simple really. Cal is a Fontenot,
and my mother was a Fontenot. But then again, I might be more
Fontenot than Cal. With two grandparents that were Fontenots,
compared to Cal’s one grandparent, this begs the question: Who’s
the Fontenot and who’s really the Half?
Cal & Jeremy in Saskatchewan
Oh and in case
you were wondering how the duck hunting went in
Canada, we ended up with 45 ducks, 1 goose, and plenty
of memories. Of course the duck hunting road trips
didn’t stop there.
All in all we’ve
gone to Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma,
Saskatchewan, and Alaska just to hunt our elusive
feathered friends of the sky. We certainly seem to be
as unique as our seasoning.