|Taylors International Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its new corporate headquarters on South College extension in Lafayette. An estimated 250 guest and clients enjoyed a crawfish boil by Rene Prejean and specialty dishes prepared by Taylors Executive Chef Patrick Mould. Guest also enjoyed the music of Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin Cajuns. Founded in 1996 in Lafayette, Taylors began as an offshore catering company focused on serving the Gulf of Mexico region but now operates catering facilities nationwide as well as overseas. Taylors International and sister companies Phoenix Hospitality Management and JFP Services specialize in offering services such as catering, housing, labor and on-site support and logistics.
Party Girl stopped by Avant Garde on Kaliste Saloom for its grand opening celebration. Without hesitation, I grabbed a couple of nibbles and started my shopping — to heck with work. The clothing is very practical yet chic and sophisticated — just the kind of upscale boutique you’d expect from Alida Anthony. In addition to the fashion finds, I love her idea of a jewelry room. You’ve got to check out this concept.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts was the venue for the American Heart Association’s annual gala. This year’s black tie event, An Academy Affair, was named after the inaugural AHA Physician’s Academy and boasted an Academy Awards night look and feel while honoring recently retired cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Edmund Nagem Jr. for his years of dedicated service to the field of medicine and cardiovascular disease in Acadiana. Attendees were shuttled from the MidSouth Bank parking lot in a limousine to the Acadiana Center for the Arts where they walked the red carpet and had the photos taken as the entered the building. While bidding on the silent and live auction items, attendees partook in the free flowing wine and hors d’oeuvres. Centerpieces, made of red roses, were magnificent floral works of art (thanks to Brent LaVergne of eLoquince) that accented the red and black film décor. Catered by Outback Steakhouse, dinner consisted of petite filet and steamed vegetables followed by cheesecake. Two of Party Girl’s favorite ladies, KLFY-TV10 personalities Blue Rolfes and Maria Placer, emceed the program this year.
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Katie Ferguson and Jay Pierret
Karen Wyble, 2008 Heart Gala chairwoman and Dr. Edmund Nagem Jr., 2008 Heart Gala honoree
Dr. Mitchell Lirtzman and Barbra Lirtzman, co-chairs of the 2009 Heart Gala
Dr. Victor Tedesco and Sonya Tedesco
Kallie Barras, AHA regional director, and Jarett Landry after the gala
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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