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.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.