If the publisher and senior editor of Southern Living magazine are coming to Lafayette to tell us we came in second or third in the mag’s Tastiest Town of the South competition, well, things could get ugly. Let’s assume we won.

Those Southern Living high muckety-mucks will be center stage at a reception on Thursday, March 15, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts downtown to announce the winner of the competition. Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission Executive Director Gerald Breaux tells us, “I think y’all might want to be there,” although the actual winning city’s identity is evidently embargoed until next week.

The on-line competition pitting Lafayette against much larger competitors like New Orleans and Louisville, Ken., closed last month and Southern Living has been mum on the winner, although for most of the competition the mag kept a running tally on its website and Lafayette was outpacing its competitors.

The winning city will be profiled in the April issue of the magazine — no doubt a healthy boost to Lafayette’s hospitality industry that comes on the heels of Lafayette being named a “Best of the South” for food by cartography purveyors Rand McNally.

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