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
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
Our View: It’s reasonable, temporary and invests in Lafayette’s future.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
Three bedroom in Port Barre or two bedroom in Opelousas
US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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