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.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more news for today, April 24, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”