|Photo by Robin May|
As the economy has softened a bit in the Acadiana area, so has the community’s support for nonprofit organizations like Acadiana Outreach, which provide vital services to the poor and homeless. Sponsorships for Palates & Paté, Acadiana Outreach’s primary fundraiser that fuels about a third of its $3.7 million operating budget (which includes in-kind contributions), are down significantly this year, according to Community Relations Director Amanda Toups. And for the first time in the event’s 9-year history, individual ticket sales are being heavily promoted, says Toups, noting that in the past last-minute tickets would sometimes be available to individuals at a cost of $250. This year that price was slashed to $125.
The event pairs distinguished regional artists with premier area chefs, a collaborative effort that produces a unique piece of art and a signature dish that reflects the artwork. The art is auctioned, and the food is served at the event. The auction also includes vacations and adventure packages to exotic locales.
With LGMC as the presenting sponsor, this year’s featured artists are Sue Boagni, Kyle Braniff, Jill Tauzin Broussard, Mallory Chastant, Adrian Fulton, Louise Guidry, Hope Hebert, Joyce Linde, Dana Manly, Thad Morgan, Lue Svendson, and Janie Domengeaux-Bayard. Restaurants are Agave, Blue Dog Café, Bonefish Grill, Bonnie Bell’s Bistro, Bonsai, Café Vermilionville, Charley G’s, Clementine, Coyote Blues, Crowne Plaza, Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro, Masala, Mr. Lester’s, Poupart’s, Ruth’s Chris, Shanghai Moon, Siro’s, Zea and Zeus. And just as it has done every year for Palates and Paté, Paul’s Jewelry made not only its $5,000 monetary contribution, but also designed a diamond necklace that will be one of the most sought-after auction items (last year’s gold and diamond cuff bracelet incorporating multiple fleurs de lis went for a record $16,000). “A Celebration of Three Waters,” an 18-karat white gold pendant valued at about $8,700, features three water-drop shaped loops of almost 4.5 carats of diamonds, each representing Louisiana’s unique ecosystem — the Gulf of Mexico, the fertile marsh and the Atchafalaya River. “These three waters have directly influenced our culture, our cuisine and our special appreciation of our abundant and diverse ecology,” says Paul’s owner P.J. Naomi.
The pendant, which hangs from a delicate five-strand necklace of white gold, was designed by Naomi and fabricated by Brent Leblanc.
Naomi fears that this year’s decline in sponsorships and ticket sales will cause Acadiana Outreach to scale back its vital services, and he is trying to get the word out that it’s not too late to step up and at least attend the event. “More than ever, we realize the importance that [the Outreach Center] brings to our community, helping those less fortunate with basic needs along with programs designed for long term employment opportunities,” he says.
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.
Security breach at White House; Bejing won't back down from protesters; pressure on third-graders and more national and international news for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Lafayette Regional seeking new leadership after longtime director Greg Roberts’ June resignation.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
T&T show behind the scenes
Four bedroom in Breaux Bridge or four bedroom in Opelousas
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,068 from the previous week's total of 2,071. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,494 claims.
Museum of Fear opens its 2014 season with more scares than ever before.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Three bedroom traditional Broussard house or two bedroom Lafayette townhome
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.