On Wednesday Bonnie and Jim Parr are returning to where the fun began. The Parrs were known as the wedded team of “Fun Finders” selected by Rand McNally and USA Today to go in search of the town with the best food in the nation. At the end of July, they chose us.
Five other towns were in the running: Addison, WV; Burnsville, MN; Gulfport, FL; and both Visalia and Costa Mesa of CA. The Parrs set out in a donated car to spend time in each nominated city, taking about a month to both spend quality time and travel between all towns. There were five teams for the five categories of “Best of” including Most Beautiful, Most Patriotic, Friendliest and Most Fun as well as ours. The mission was to begin in New York City and meet up in Los Angeles where the teams would consult with a panel of travel experts, showing them their travel logs and journals, before deciding on the winners. At the end of July in New Orleans (a fortuitous coincidence?), the winners were announced and Lafayette was chosen.
The win is invaluable. It garners interest in Lafayette on both national and international levels, after being written up in USA Today and being mentioned on national news programs as well as having a special designation on this year,s Rand McNally maps both virtual and tangible. It puts us on the radar not just from tourism but from businesses.
Tomorrow the Parrs are being thanked for their fine choice with a private party at The Accidental Chef. According to USA Today’s interview with the Parrs, wife Bonnie said, “The Accidental Chef was absolutely wonderful. It was a social experience, and, after all, what would eating be without people?” The Parrs said the biggest surprise is that cooking in a Cajun fashion doesn’t mean spicing something until Hannah Barbera-esque steam comes from the ears but instead means full of flavor with lots of spices interplaying. The Parrs took a class on how to cook a roux with Chef Carlos Russo who owns The Accidental Chef, a recreational cooking school on Garfield Street in downtown Lafayette he owns with cousin and partner Janice “Boo” Macomber.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
It is distinctly possible control of the U.S. Senate will hinge on Louisiana, which is why, during the last several months, outside groups have made this the most expensive election in Louisiana history.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
INDStyle Awards 2014 was one for the books; the American Cancer Society took over The Victorian's big tent; and the battle of the sexes was alive and well for Walk a Runway's Christmas fundraiser.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
Local food pantries begin seasonal drives
A girl's best fashion friend
Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Creative living flourishes at Downtown’s artist hub
Four bedroom cottage or four bedroom traditional
Bold looks for fall define INDStyle Awards 2014
Statement pieces for the season
The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
Lafayette Regional seeking new leadership after longtime director Greg Roberts’ June resignation.