A Taste of the South on a Mississippi River Cruise

Regina Charboneau, the American Queen Voyages culinary ambassador, shares her recipes of the South


Meet Regina

Regina is a Mississippi maven. Born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi, the river runs through her veins. Chef Charboneau has worked as a camp cook in the bush of Alaska, created and owned restaurants in San Francisco and written cookbooks. It did not matter if Regina was living in Alaska, Paris, or San Francisco because she brought the South and Southern Cooking with her.

A key figure in the American food scene in California that happened in the 80’s, she opened the eponymous Regina’s at the Regis in 1985. Located in the heart of the San Francisco’s theater district, Regina’s was a favorite late night spot for theatergoers as well as directors, musicians, and actors. In 1995, Regina created Biscuits & Blues nightclub in San Francisco. Regina returned to her native Natchez in 2001 and today hosts cooking classes at her cooking school downtown.

The late Julia Reed wrote about Regina “The first time I met Regina Charboneau, she was making her butter biscuits for our dinner. I’ve returned many times for infusions of what those of us lucky enough to be in Regina’s orbit all refer to as “Biscuit Love”- which is also a metaphor for her great company, innate graciousness and bottomless generosity. I would happily follow Regina up and down the Mississippi for an extended dose of her hospitality and her inventive and always superb cooking”.

If you love to try a taste of the south, join American Queen Voyages on a bourbon themed cruise in 2024:

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