Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Beignet Box

Studio City may not have krewe parades down Ventura Boulevard, but it does have the Beignet Box, which is a perfect place to celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 1.

As anyone who has ever visited New Orleans knows, beignets are puffy, deep-fried pastries sprinkled with confectioners sugar. The recipe used at the Beignet Box is based on co-founder Elizabeth Morris’ family recipe. The recipe has been modified for California tastes to be a little lighter than traditional beignets, Morris said in an L.A. Weekly article.

The Beignet Box was founded by Morris and singer/actress Christina Milian. In addition to the Studio City Beignet Box, 12265 Ventura Blvd., they have a beignet kiosk at The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, in Glendale and two food trucks. The beignet trucks are available for events, showers, parties and movie and TV sets.

Milian and Morris are long-time friends and roommates. They started their business with a single flood truck in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA, in 2018. Two months later they brought the truck to L.A.

Beignets were brought to New Orleans in the 1700s by French colonists and later Acadians, who were expelled from Canada’s Maritime provinces. They became part of home-style Creole cooking.

What makes the beignets at the Beignet Box so delightful is that they are made to order. You can eat them with coffee, cafe au lait, hot chocolate or sweet tea. They are open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Beignet Box is perfect for brunch, an afternoon pick-up or dessert. There are French bistro tables and chairs both inside and outdoors.

Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is the last day before Lent begins. It’s traditional to celebrate with parties, parades and feasting before the sacrifices of Lent begin.

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