I was just meeting a friend for a cocktail recently at the Petroleum Club when I wound up crashing a Lafayette Parish Bar Association social. Lafayette Parish Bar Association President Miles A. Matt was there along with Charles Ziegler, the LPBA Secretary/Treasurer. Also in attendance were Wayne Shullaw, Julius “Will” Grubbs, Gary Kraus, Ed Abell, Kyle Bacon, Ryan Goudelocke and Larry Curtis. While it killed me to not be able to stay for a longer visit, Party Girl did have the chance to also chat with my friend John O’Meara, the general manager at the Petroleum Club. What a cool guy; you should all stop in and say hello!
Lafayette’s civic and business leaders braved the muggy weather not only to examine the positive growth of downtown Lafayette and consider future innovations but also to socialize and loosen their ties with a couple of cocktails. The Venture Downtown social was held on Wednesday, April 2; Downtown Development Authority, Acadiana Center for the Arts and Acadiana Outreach co-hosted the gathering. The event at the Outreach Center Campus on Buchanan Street was the perfect place to hobnob with elected officials. I took a trolley ride from the Iberia Bank parking lot to the center’s brick warehouse, and along the way a guide filled me in with all the history of downtown — what a creative addition to the event! With the humidity, I had a couple of drinks just to cool down, and thankfully there were plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres on hand to keep me from getting too loopy. The food came courtesy of Pat’s Downtown, Tsunami, Café Bonjour, The Filling Station, Zeus, Agave, Pamplona, Guamas, Subway, Stan’s Downtown and Don’s Seafood.
And the unforgettable sounds of Nouveau String Band filled the air, reminding me of a packed night at the Blue Moon. The posters created by The Russo Ad Group and DLU showcased the present and future growth of downtown Lafayette, but what really drew my attention were all of the people who were in attendance. Among the crowd were Janet Wood, Robbie and Julie Bush, Joey and Lynn Durel, Keith and Lou Patin, Michele Ezell, Mark Herbert, Flo Meadows, Bruce Conque, Mark Falgout, Will Landry, Joel Robideaux, John Chappuis, Coleen McDaniel, Berry Kemp, Cheryl Taylor-Bowie, Carolina Cruz, Richard Broussard, Kaysha Alleman, Don Trahan, Nancy Marcotte, and Dr. Ann Laurent. Also in the crowd: Brian Frederick, Sheriff Mike Neustrom, Conrad Comeaux, Jackie Lyle, Sandy LaBry and Rob Robison. Now that’s a braintrust!
Party On! — PG
Ashley Bertrand and Ben Berthelot
Rose Courville and Vicki Chrisman
Karina and William Annesley
Peter and Margaret Wilby with Cathie Gilbert and Sanjay Kharod
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
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.