The Louisiana Office of Tourism has launched a new Web sited
devoted to navigating the state’s many rich culinary landmarks. The Web
was launched on Friday along with its companion culinary trails guidebook. The guide breaks Louisiana down into five regions and
seven different culinary trails, developed with input from Louisiana travel
writers and Convention and Visitors Bureaus across the state. Independent staff
writer Mary Tutwiler contributed two of the guidebook’s articles, for the
“Bayou Bounty” Acadiana region and the “Prairie Home Cooking” central Louisiana
region. According to the Office of Tourism’s press release, the stops listed in
the guide are all places locals frequent, and include “mom and pop cafes,
upscale restaurants, hole in the wall hideaways, farmers’ markets, sandwich
shops, seafood joints, roadside stands, local grocery stores bakeries, food
festivals and more.” The Web site also includes a feature that allows visitors
to custom design their own culinary trail.
Both the guidebook and the Web site are the are part
of a three-year marketing campaign in which the state has invested $300,000 and
partnered with Tabasco’s McIlhenny Co., and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and
Marketing Board. The official Louisiana Culinary Trails Guide is available by
calling in a request to 1-800-29-GUMBO. It will also be distributed at in-state
Louisiana festivals, travel trade shows and will be available at State and LTPA
certified Welcome Centers in May.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.