Like the culture of Acadiana itself, the   food and restaurant scene celebrates both tradition and innovation. It also embraces and welcomes newcomers. For our cover story, Cheré Coen found five new restaurants worth checking out, whether you live in the vicinity or want to embark on a road trip in search of a culinary adventure.

Speaking of adventures, this is also our annual wedding issue that is geared toward helping those who are about to go on the most romantic endeavor itself: getting hitched! Writer of our sister publication’s blog, “Let Them Eat Cake,” Kelly Massicot has gift ideas and offers a handy timeline and checklist to help you stay organized, while Tracee Dundas discovered the most stylish gowns and accessories for the big day, photographed at the beautiful, chic and historic Calcasieu Marine and National Bank in Lake Charles. We also have a selection of cakes and invitations for you to look over, as well.

As usual, we highlight the colorful, interesting characters that make Acadiana so unique. Turn to pg. 88 to read Michael Patrick Welch’s interview with local band Rad Wagon. This group of 20-somethings perform psychedelic garage rock, and we’ve been rocking out to them at the office. In other music news, we also have a story on Lafayette’s Lagniappe Records, a cool shop run by musicians who have an incredible inventory.  

You’ll also want to read about artist Trish Ransom, pg. 92. Trish was beckoned to the swamps after living in California and makes art out of recycled and found objects.

Within the rest of these pages you’ll find much more, and we hope you enjoy reading it. As always, we welcome your suggestions and encourage you to stay in touch with us.

[Note: In our Top Lawyers list in the previous issue, Bradley Brandon of Bradley Moreau Howay Stagg APLC and Eva Y. Dumas of Bradley Moreau Howay Stagg APLC should have been listed as real estate attorneys.]

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