October is the month for eating, and I’m not talking about Halloween candy. This weekend, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum will host the inaugural Acadiana Food and Wine Festival on October 24 and 25. The event, a fund raiser for the museum, is designed to showcase the connection between all great artists: painters, sculptors, chefs and wine makers alike.
Participating restaurants include Bonnie Bell’s Bistro, Charley G’s, imonelli, Pamplona Tapas Bar, Ruth’s Chris, Tsunami, Jolie’s and Acadiana Cheese. Wine and spirits presentations will focus on the history of Women and Wine, Forgotten 19th Century Wine Cocktails, Establishing an Art Collection on a Budget, and a geographical survey of French wine country.
The Festival will begin on Friday evening, Oct. 23 with Joie du Vin, an upscale wine reception. Tickets for the Friday night preview are $100 per guest. Admission for the festival itself is $25. Tickets can be purchased at the museum or on-line. All proceeds will benefit the programs and operations of the museum.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.