Nouvelles De Villes
From the Crescent City to Acadiana
On the Horizon
Fans are eagerly anticipating the opening of several popular New Orleans establishments that are migrating to Acadiana. This includes the first-ever Rock n’ Bowl that will be opening outside of New Orleans (with an expected December debut). The new Rock n’ Bowl will be located in Lafayette’s old Whitney Bank, which is being transformed to house a larger replica of the original, complete with a full-service kitchen and balcony suites with views of the concert area and bowling lanes. Dat Dog’s first eatery outside of New Orleans is slated to open in Lafayette, and Drago’s (famed for its sizzling char-grilled oysters) is also planning a Lafayette location. Check back for updates.
Cook-off Leaves New Orleans
The 10th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-off is being held outside of New Orleans for the first time. The star-studded, June 20 event, designed as a competition for Louisiana’s top executive chefs, has been moved to the Cajundome Convention Center. Samples are being served as part of the opening event for Eat Lafayette, which is now being held in conjunction with the cook-off.
Drilling in Class
Nicholls State University recently unveiled a new program by the Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management department that creates a virtual drilling experience in the classroom. It is the only university in the Gulf South using this state-of-the-art well control simulation technology on its campus.
Beth James, co-owner of the 1,110-acre James Farms, has opened a progressive new farm-to-table rice mill in Prairie Ronde in partnership with Rolando Sanchez. Due to his innovative farming practices, Sanchez was recently named “Farmer of the Year” by the US Department of Agriculture for the United States. James Farms took a bold move to go straight to market from the farm with their new non-GMO single-variety Prairie Ronde Rice (GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plant and meat products with artificially altered DNA; known to trigger organ toxicity, increased allergies, hormonal disruption and other health problems). Verified as non-GMO, the new rice cooks more evenly and is now available in select stores and farmer’s markets (prairieronde-rice.com)
Championing Main Street
Set along the Bayou Teche, New Iberia is one of the few cities in the U.S. that has repeatedly earned the highest of Main Street rankings. The picturesque Main Street recently earned a 2017 national accreditation for their dynamic program that is overseen by a nationally certified program director. Congrats!
Don’t Light Up!
Bar owners have until Aug. 1 to enact a smoking ban passed by the Lafayette City-Parish Council. The ordinance bans smoking inside bars, clubs and any public places. However, smokers can light up as long as they’re five-feet away from doors; they can also smoke on bar patios.
What happens when a tortilla falls in love with a Cajun? They make baby Cajundillas, and live spicily ever after. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, co-owner of numerous Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar establishments, is a big fan of these sassy little Cajundillas (chipotle tortillas stuffed with andouille, boudin, chicken and Monterey Jack). You’ll be able to order such flavorful fare at the sprawling new Walk-On’s in Broussard, along with an extensive array of creative cocktails. In other news, Broussard’s Cajun Chef Mark Alleman, owner of Hook & Boil, will be expanding his restaurant and catering biz with the opening of Hook & Boil at the Filling Station in Lafayette, complete with a snazzy rooftop bar, just in time for South Louisiana’s next crawfish season, so keep a look-out.