The official opening night of Ruffino’s on the River in late May followed a week of warm-up invitation-only trial runs that already had the buzz going up and down the bayou and across town. Owner Ruffin Rodrigue worked the room like the restaurant pro he’s become after years of successful operations in Baton Rouge. He was so excited about the new Lafayette gig he even brought his own grandmother, Rita Anastasia Rodrigue, so he could show off his latest creation. Two of his fellow Capital City-based restaurateur luminaries drove in to spread the love: Raising Cane’s founder Todd Graves and Walk-On’s co-founder Brandon Landry. To round out the décor, Ruffin added customer portraits on the walls, and in a brilliant move is already talking about a separate parking lot for the golf carts so popular in the ’hood. IND faves on the menu? Love the lightest crab meat cheesecake ever, shrimp corn dogs (you really gotta try ’em), a variety of pasta selections and the Fish Katie ... plus Sterling Silver aged heavy beef that literally melts to the touch of a knife, the particular pride and joy of executive chef/partner Peter Sclafani. And check out the beautiful glass vessels of infused vodka that gleam like jewel cache pots above the bar.
1. Ruffin Rodrigue and Peter Sclafani
2. White chocolate brownie and Kleinpeter vanilla ice cream
3. Vohn Mosing, Ryckman Callais, Ben Degatur, Chuck Degatur and Bryn Mosing
4. Grilled oysters
5. Brandon Landry, Ruffin Rodrigue and Todd Graves
6. (top) Kami Landry, Melissa Naquin, Kathryn Howard, Jamie Henry and Gretchen Bodin
(bottom) Jarod Landry, Andy Naquin, Craig Henry and Chad Bodin
7. Gab and Carolyn Camardelle, Ruffin Rodigue, Gene Trahan, and Bonnie and Wayne Hebert
8. Brandon Landry
The Heymann Center buzzed with foodies June 19 during the EatLafayette Kickoff that included 45 of the more than 70 restaurants that participate in the campaign, which runs through Sept. 2. Eateries served up a taste of signature dishes from crowd favorites like Charley G’s smoked duck and andouille gumbo and Café Habana City’s fresh mojitos to Sophi P’s cupcake tower filled with raspberry cream cheese confections. Thoroughly Acadiana tunes from Chubby Carrier put folks in the mood for local food — not that it took much prodding. We spotted Sandra and Steve Moore munching on Rusted Rooster’s hand-battered chicken biscuit lined with a habanero pepper jelly (see photo) while Sterling LeJeune helped himself to Café Vermilionville’s braised green tart.
1. Julie Calzone and Robert Callahan
2. Sophi P’s tower
3. Charley G’s smoked duck and andouille gumbo
4. Andrea Veron and Sterling LeJeune
5. Tiffany Cotton and Briana Brown
6. Steve and Sandra Moore
7. Cindy Phillips and Connie Collins
8. Sheryl Granger and Susan Boyle
9. Z Cajun Foods staff
Going once, going twice, sold to the lady in the second row! Locals gathered at Scandals Nightclub for the third annual Bid on a Bachelor event to benefit The Children’s Shelters of Acadiana Youth. The 21 eligible gents entertained the crowd with a promise to be at the beck and call of the highest bidder. Randi Landry and Trevor Chapman emceed the event and encouraged the crowd to be generous with their checkbooks. Troy Guy was the bachelor who sold for the highest bid of $4,500. After the bidding was done, some of the lucky ladies were spotted dancing the night away with their bachelors. All funds raised help Acadiana Youth provide a safe living environment for troubled youth and therapeutic and educational services to the residents of its shelters.
1. Wesley Sun Chee Fore, Luke Lawton and Terry Veillon
2. Gabrielle Mergist, Ashley Menard and Brandi Darbonne
3. Shawna Rasmussen, Paul Bosworth and Hayley LeJeune
4. Yvette Naquin and Michelle Boudreaux
5. Wesley Sun Chee Fore, Pablo Estrada and Kevin Stein
6. Joey D., Dwight Pitre, Monique Comeaux and Bill Stagg
7. Erin Kellogg and Belinda Smith
8. Dr. Leslie Jacobs and Angie Simon
9. Terry Veillon and Kerry Naquin
In just its second year, Village of Hope Gala doubled its number of tables sold, driving a relocation of the festive event to the Lafayette Hilton. Event Rental swathed the ballroom in turquoise and white from the draperies to the tables, which were donned with towering centerpieces topped with white-feathered flames. Chef John Folse cooked up a fabulous feast of corn and crab cappuccino, grilled black drum, veal osso buco and Ponchatoula strawberry cheesecake. Sen. Fred Mills led the lively auction, with items including a 20-person dinner prepared by Chef Folse, two fishing trips and three shotguns signed by the cast of Duck Dynasty. The Rev. Glenn Meaux’s SOLT Kobonal Haiti Mission, in partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, presented the event, which raised more than $438,000 to help build houses in Haiti.
1. Barry and Julie Bleichner
2. Debbie Dore, Molly Mouton and Boni Ritter
3. Mike and Jean Coluzzi
4. Tyron Picard and Blane Comeaux
5. Hope and David Hebert
6. Sen. Page Cortez and Veria Samaroo
Co-founder Ryan Trahan goes solo to keep it local.
Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.
BP says it recently obtained correspondence between Patrick Juneau's Lafayette law firm and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility showing he argued for liberal compensation, flexible documentation requirements and other terms that would help Louisiana claimants at BP's expense.
The circumstances surrounding the death last March while in the backseat of a sheriff’s cruiser of Victor White III, long a source of dispute by White’s family, have earned an investigation by federal officials.
Lafayette patio home or Port Barre waterfront cottage
With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
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Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
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An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
New Iberia colonial or Broussard traditional home
The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.