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Manchac Chit Chat

Manchac Chit Chat

By Middendorf's Restaurant

Coming to you from the iconic Middendorf’s Restaurant… Owner Horst Pfeifer will bring you behind the scenes and introduce you to the unique people from near and far who we get to know through the restaurant.

The original Middendorf’s, established in 1934, is located in the middle of the Manchac, Louisiana swamp. The 2nd Middendorf’s location opened 85 years later in Slidell, Louisiana. Two locations – double the delicious and double the fun!
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Acadian Cypress Chit Chat

Manchac Chit ChatFeb 07, 2020

Acadian Cypress Chit Chat

Acadian Cypress Chit Chat

If you've ever admired the wood adorning the dining rooms at Middendorf's Slidell... then this episode is for you!  Horst Pfeifer chit chats with Frank Vallot of Acadian Cypress in Ponchatoula, LA.  Learn all about the history of the different kinds of wood used... plus the techniques and hard work employed to ultimately give the restaurant a beautiful interior and lots of character.

Feb 07, 202015:18
Chef Chit Chat

Chef Chit Chat

Horst Pfeifer Chit Chats with fellow European Chefs Jean-Luc Albin and Willy Coln.  Learn about their journeys in the culinary industry that took them to some interesting places, and find out how they ultimately ended-up making their mark in New Orleans. 

Oct 25, 201928:33
Poppy Tooker Chit Chat
Aug 10, 201944:53
Man of the Land Chit Chat
Apr 26, 201901:16:30
Making Movies Chit Chat
Feb 23, 201930:18
Let's Chill Chit Chat

Let's Chill Chit Chat

Horst Pfeifer Chit Chats with three young experts -- Harley, Amelya and McKenna -- about Middendorf's new "Let's Chill" Ice Cream menu which will be available in February 2019.  Learn what's on the menu.  Hear the girls' fun taste test reactions.  And, join in on the laughs!


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Jan 26, 201914:35
Manchac Wetlands Chit Chat
Dec 14, 201842:59
Gnarly Barley Chit Chat
Nov 02, 201822:28
Manchac Run Chit Chat
Oct 12, 201820:59
Oktoberfest Chit Chat

Oktoberfest Chit Chat

Horst Pfeifer chit chats about Oktoberfest at Middendorfs. German food, music & fun every Wednesday and Thursday for six weeks, October 3, 2018 through November 8, 2018. Learn what's on the menu... Get the inside scoop on Munich's Oktoberfest.... and Find out if Horst really wore lederhosen growing up in Germany. *Comments or Questions? Email Christie at
Sep 23, 201815:10
Fettuccine & Cocktails Chit Chat

Fettuccine & Cocktails Chit Chat

Horst Pfeifer Chit Chats with Fred Holley of Republic National Distributing Company. Fred shares his expertise of wine and spirits, his interesting family history in New Orleans and his love of Italian Food. And, of course, he's a fan of our "Fettuccine Frenzy."
Aug 31, 201833:08
Tangi Tourism Chit Chat

Tangi Tourism Chit Chat

Horst Pfeifer chit chats with Carla Tate, Executive Director of the Tangipahoa Parish Convention & Visitor Bureau. Carla has the scoop on all the fun happenings and great attractions in Tangipahoa Parish. Middendorf's is proud to be the gateway to Tangi Parish from the South via I-55. Come on over to Tangi -- it's a great place to visit!
Aug 31, 201828:22
Port Manchac Chit Chat

Port Manchac Chit Chat

Horst Pfeifer chit chats with Pat Dufresne, Executive Director/CEO of Port Manchac. The Port is less than 2 miles from Middendorf's, and we were really surprised to discover just how little we knew about the Port -- how it came to be, what goes on at the facility and its importance to the shipping industry.
Aug 18, 201822:48
The Alligator Man Chit Chat

The Alligator Man Chit Chat

Horst Pfeifer chit chats with Bruce Mitchell, aka "The Alligator Man" -- a Ponchatoula, LA native and star of the History Channel's "Swamp People." Bruce shares great stories of growing up around these parts, working on his hit show and visiting Middendorf's for over 50 years. This is a really fun episode. Bruce and Horst really bring the laughs!
Aug 18, 201845:06
Meet Horst Pfeifer

Meet Horst Pfeifer

Middendorf's Owner and European Master Chef Horst Pfeifer takes over the entire first episode of "Manchac Chit Chat" to share his story. Learn what it was like growing up in Germany, how he got into cooking and how he ended-up at Middendorf's.
Aug 18, 201826:41