Party Girl also got to snack on some Louisiana favorites, including coconut-battered shrimp, fried mushrooms, Creole crab cakes, Natchez meat pies, oysters Rockefeller, boiled shrimp and chocolate covered strawberries. After the reception, several Chamber members ventured uptown for a late-night dinner at the fabulous Upperline Restaurant. Party Girl spied Pat Trahan and his wife, Lynn, and noticed Rae Robinson, Barry Berthelot, Donna Landry and Abigail Ransonet holding court at another table. Other Chamber members discovered the live music scene on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny (John Bordelon proved that sometimes it only takes one to tango), and pinball wizards Gary McGoffin and Todd Mouton had some competition going on Toulouse Street. All in all, attendees had a balanced weekend and lived up to the tradition of "Work hard, play harder!" But that's what makes Acadiana great, n'est ce pas mes amies?
Back in Lafayette, Party Girl was transported in spirit to Las Vegas for the American Cancer Society's first annual Viva la Cure! The gala was held at the City Club at River Ranch, and in addition to Las Vegas-style entertainment, Dr. Luis Meza received The Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jo Anne Miller was honored with The Spirit of Hope Award. The Legends of Las Vegas performed, featuring members of the Krewe of Apollo as Dolly Parton, Elvis, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin, and the Vegas-style gaming tables were busy all night as guests stood in line for Texas Hold'em. In addition to fabulous food donations from area restaurants, the live auction was over the top. Party Girl ran into many friends, including Eric and Dody Robicheaux, but can't reveal the big players at the tables, because of course, what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas!
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.