Acadiana Profile - October-November 2017

Catch her if you can

The need for speed sprouted in Lafayette race car driver Sarah Montgomery at an early age

happy go lucky

D.L. Menard, the ‘Cajun Hank Williams,’ lives on through his music

Wings over Acadiana

Passing through New Orleans International Airport, named for one of its most famous resident, Louis Armstrong, our visitors arriving in Acadiana are entitled to be confused by its IATA code, those three letters which designate the airports, MSY as it…

Best Chefs

There was a time when visitors from around the world were drawn to Acadiana for its unique Cajun culinary specialties. That fact remains true, but today what Acadiana’s chefs offer is more a mix of the traditional, the innovative and the international. For the 2017 installment of our Best Chefs feature, we spotlight three chefs who learned the culinary arts in their communities at the elbows of family members and two who bring a special style from abroad. Some obtained their education from formal institutions and others by simply doing. It’s a mixture that still makes Acadiana a unique culinary hub that attracts visitors to our region year after year.

Get Started

Acadiana-born companies thrive and grow in business-friendly, low-cost, nurturing environment

Whip it good

Enjoy a sweet, smooth, syrup-laced cocktail with holiday spices on the water’s edge

seasonal shift

Welcoming autumn with soothing soups, stews, gumbos and oysters at their peak

Note from the Editor

As I’m writing this on a 75-degree day at the beginning of September, I have a strong urge to unearth boots and scarves stowed away since last year. Fighting this urge however is essential, because we all know there are…

Nouvelles De Villes

Abbeville New Restaurant, Piano Bar, Dancing and Big Eggs Dark for 12 years, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Abbeville was recently renovated and has reopened as Midway on the Square ( featuring upscale Italian fare (recommended: crawfish cannelloni,…

a tale of two farms

An architectural restoration in Opelousas harkens back to region’s early settlers


Person of the Year Nic Hunter The night before Nic Hunter was sworn in as Lake Charles’ first new mayor in 17 years, he and his wife stayed in and play board games. Monopoly and Scattergories, specifically. Nic got crushed…