Party Girls knows everything there is to know about crawfish ' or so I thought until I received an invitation to the Krewe of Bonaparte's "Great Krewefish Round-Up." At the Townhouse Restaurant in late April a number of krewe members seized the opportunity to rekindle the spirit of Mardi Gras with a crawfish boil. The springtime gathering was in full bloom under the courtyard tent; most krewe members wore attire fit for a western movie, decked out in cowboy hats and boots. Carrying on the western theme, horses were available to taxi each guest from the parking lot across the street to the front entrance of the restaurant. I must say, the boiled crawfish were delicious and plentiful as were the drinks. With perfect weather and music playing comes a perfect time to put on my dancing shoes, and Da Ja Vue kept the dance floor full for hours. Hats off to Renee Reaux, the chair, and her committee for a spectacular party.
Speaking of good taste, the taste of success is always sweet. On Friday, April 20, the Louisiana Technical College Greater Acadiana Region Foundation held the fourth annual "A Taste of Success" event at the Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center. The evening was filled with mouth watering food prepared by the alumni of the LTC-Lafayette Campus Culinary Arts & Occupations program who are now serving as chefs in fine restaurants in the Acadiana area. The LTC alumni chefs included Roy Angelle of Oakbourne Country Club; Kevin, Greg and Bryan Dalcourt of Pa Pa's Catering; Patrick Gabriel of Sodexho; Michael Hebert of Hedgehog's Kitchen; Lonnie Pope from Townhouse Restaurant; Keith Sonnier of The Ballroom; and independent contractors Eleanor Curol and Kim Viator.
Of course Party Girl swooned over the beautifully displayed food, which also served to whet my appetite for the beautiful original jewelry pieces designed and fabricated by the instructors and students of LTC Campus Jewelry Manufacturing department. They were part of the silent auction, and KLFY TV-10 news anchor Darla Montgomery served as mistress of ceremonies. Guests enjoyed the musical entertainment of Louisiana Rhythm Katz and a performance by special guest and Tina Turner tribute artist Connie Garrett. The event was a triumph, with proceeds of the evening being dedicated to funding the greatest needs of the LTC Greater Acadiana Region campuses. The night was definitely a success story!
Party On! ' PG
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
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 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 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.
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