In most places around the country, people are enjoying the waning days of summer. While the season technically ends in September, we are lucky to have a bit of extended warmth that carries us back to school (or work) and into football season. In this issue, we have a wide range of late-summer seasonal topics for you to peruse and enjoy.

A great thing about this area is that, during football season, there’s no shortage of places to watch games. Jyl Benson, our restaurant columnist, scoped out several cool bars in the area that serve food, and she offers you advice on where to go and what to eat. There’s even a spot that serves free home-cooked meals, so be sure to check that out on pg. 30.

One exciting adventure we embarked upon was exploring and supporting local businesses that are owned and operated by truly passionate individuals whose enthusiasm drives them to succeed and attract a loyal clientele. Some of these ventures might seem unconventional, but they fit seamlessly into Acadiana, an area that fosters creativity among its entrepreneurship. Check out pg. 49 to read their stories.

We also sent a prolific photographer, James Shaw, on a road trip along the Cajun Corridor, aka Highway 14 – the stretch of road from Delcambre to Gueydan. His stunning photos reveal an area that is timeless and full of natural beauty on pg. 38.

This issue also offers you an area hospital guide which we expand each year; an interview with popular weatherman Rob Perillo (pg. 86); back-to-school recipes (pg. 32) and much more. We always welcome your feedback, so let us know what you think – and if you have any stories you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them!

Sarah Ravits
Managing Editor