What's the best way to cool off in this July heat? Party Girl advises downing a huge bowl of ice cream, and on July 8 more than 700 people agreed with me. Downtown's first Louisiana Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off event in Parc Sans Souci drew quite a crowd and proved that hand-churned ice cream is not a thing of the past. Flavors ran the gamut from vanilla to cinnamon, Thai tea, chocolate raspberry truffle and Tsunami's spicy pineapple habanero, but the favorite of the day was Suzanne Meaux's Old Glory. Meaux won her category of Big Dippers in the plain/fruit division, then went on to be named Grand Champion and People's Choice for her combination of cream cheese, sour cream, blueberries and raspberry sauce. "It was a hit and big success for the Children's Museum of Acadiana," says coordinator Jeff Regan. "Everybody's begging to have it again next year. It could become the biggest ice cream event in the United States."
Also on the cold front, a huge commercial fan cooled down attendants at Andrus & Andrus Law Firm's June 1 customer appreciation party. More than 50 people turned out for boiled crawfish boiled by Cajun Crawfish Express, but after eating the spicy bugs under the hot sun, the fan under the tent was the place to be. Twin brothers Brad and Jade Andrus were great hosts for the day. "It's nice to know you are appreciated," says Van Eaton & Romero client Barbara Rogers. "It was a wonderful day with wonderful people. You couldn't ask for more!"
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.