INDEATS ALL OVER OCTOBER Off the beaten path ideas for date nights — it’s anything but dinner and a movie. By Kari Walker
Photos by Kari Walker
Café Vermilionville's appetizer sampler (see below) and champagne pair beautifully with courtyard dining and music on Wednesday evenings.
October 2 — Café Vermilionville’s Courtyard Concert Series. 6-9 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of Drew Landry as you and someone special enjoy spirits and small plates in the lush courtyard. Café V. has selected a prix fixe al fresco menu that includes one small plate and a choice of wine, beer or champagne for $30. INDEats suggests the steak frites — grilled tenderloin, crispy thin potatoes and an arugula salad with a lemon-olive oil vinaigrette. The concert series runs weekly on Wednesday evenings until Nov. 2.
October 9 — E’s Kitchen. 6 p.m. Take a cooking class together and experiment with outdoor grilling with Mica Youngberg. The New Orleans native now resides in Lafayette and will be demonstrating how to grill up local seafood to perfection. Be the envy of the tailgate party when you and your partner show off grill-master skills from this class. The cost is $20 per person, and reservations can be made online at www.eskitchen.com.
October 19 — Acadiana Center for the Arts Gulf Brew. 6-9 p.m. The annual beer festival makes a move to greener pastures at the Horse Farm but is still the same locally sought-after destination for sampling what’s on tap. In addition to beer tasting, several food trucks will be on site for dining, and there will be entertainment by Trains and Devils, Cedric Watson and the Babineaux Sisters. General admission is $30, but upgrade your date to VIP status for $75 and be treated to speciality beers, including those from a firkin; beer and small bite pairing by Bread and Circus Provisions; and maybe the most coveted perk of all: private bathrooms. All proceeds benefit the AcA’s efforts to highlight the culture and creativity of the community.
October 25 and 26 — Blackpot Festival. This two day festival at Acadian Village is for lovers of cuisine cooked over an open flame in one of the timeless treasures in any Cajun chef’s kitchen, the blackpot. Join in sampling of the cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 26, as competitors dish up tastes from three categories — gravy (sauce, gumbo, etc.), cracklin and jambalaya. Admission to the festival is $20 for Friday and $30 for Saturday, but Saturday’s admission also includes cook-off samplings. As you and your companion taste around, enjoy the sounds of live music, including Corey Ledet, Yvette Landry and the Red Stick Ramblers. If you’re feeling adventuresome, consider camping on-site for the weekend — snuggle up around a fire or join in an after-hours jam session of guitars, fiddles and voices.
October 31 — Lafayette Science Museum’s Museum of Fear. Enjoy the hauntings on Jefferson Street in costume for a spooktacular Halloween night out followed by a few tricks and treats over dinner. INDEats suggests the bar at Pamplona for a ghoulish good time — order up a Sangria that could easily be fit for a vampire or a Dark and Stormy for another sinister sipper. End the night strolling around downtown in search of dazzling and frightful costumes alike.
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OCT 30 If you're a Louisiana native of (ahem) a certain age, you might have fond (or fuzzy, as the case may be) memories of a Zebra concert and singing "Who's Behind the Door" until your ears rang. This post on NOLA Defender profiles the leader of that band, Randy Jackson.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 If you're not obsessed with the Texas governor's race - what's wrong with you? Here's another installment, from our own IND contributor Lamar White Jr., who explains why Wendy's "infamous" wheelchair ad was a shock to the national media - but not to anyone familiar with Greg Abbott's record.
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 Blogger Crazy Crawfish is taking aim at state Superintendent John White again, this time for comments White made recently, claiming that there is no real opposition to Common Core in Louisiana. Crawfish is documenting proof to the contrary here, and lays down the gauntlet to "mainstream news media." (Don't hold your breath on that one, buddy.)
OCT 30 Gambit covers Advocate publisher John Georges' recent visit to Loyola in this post. Georges touches on how things are going in this new gig, what he thinks about the Pic's decision to move printing to Alabama, and how he feels about his political campaigns.
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
OCT 30 BESE member Lottie Beebe pens this letter to the editor of the Advocate about the state Department of Education. The DOE isn't exempt from the state public records law, and because of recent lawsuits she tried to require regular reports about how many requests had been made to the department and how many remained unanswered. She wasn't successful.
OCT 29 Manny Schewitz blogs on Forward Progressives about recent Facebook posts from David Vitter, including one that purports to take you to a petition to stop Ebola (say what?) but actually signs you up for his newsletter or campaign email list or some such nonsense. Dave must think we're dummies, Manny says -- and Dave's probably right.
OCT 29 Usually, the copy on Red Shtick is satire. But in this post "from the publisher," we get a pretty astute political analysis of Edwin Edwards' charisma and old-school populist swagger. Edwards isn't concealing billionaire backers, or trying to make his opponent out to be "Satan," the post says. He's just running. Huh; imagine that.
OCT 29 Salon's Elias Isquith writes this fairly hilarious commentary on a National Review post about Bobby Jindal's attempts to "beef up" in preparation for a presidential run. But it's not just funny; Isquith seems to have Bobby's number, commenting on how the Gov "and his team are hopelessly ensconced in the Tea Party bubble."