Chef Paul Mudge of Jolie’s Bistro took home the first-ever Golden Six Pack and Brew Cup awarded this week at Stan’s Downtown following the Brewmaster’s Dinner, an event honoring VIPs and sponsors who back the Acadiana Center for the Arts’s annual GulfBrew, a celebration of the music, food and spirits of the Gulf Coast, on tap for July 25 at Parc International. The dinner served as a competition between six of Acadiana’s best chefs, charged with created one course each in a six-course meal and paring it with a fine beer.
Mudge’s malted chocolate cake with caramelized bananas paired with Brooklyn Summer Ale edged out Holly Goetting of Charley G’s, who married Bacon Squared with Maudite. Ashley Roussel of Zea took the bronze; her Crispy Duck Confit was washed down with Hook & Ladder Backdraught Brown.
All the beers used in the competition will be featured at GulfBrew 2009. Taster tickets to the festival are $25; non-taster tickets are $15. Tickets can be obtained at gulfbrew.com or by calling the AcA at 233-7060.
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.