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March 31, 2017









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CONTACT: Kelly Strenge, VP of Media Relations & Special Projects

(337) 232-3737 | kstrenge@lafayettetravel.com


Taste of EatLafayette Moves To Cajundome Convention Center

Annual Event Features Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board Cook-Off


(Lafayette, La.) – Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser have tapped EatLafayette™ by Lafayette Travel to host the Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board Cook-Off on June 20 in Lafayette, La.



The Taste of EatLafayette event will be held at the Cajundome Convention Center on June 20 featuring the Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board Cook-Off. This will include a live cook off during the event with chefs from all over the state, including Lafayette’s finest, participating in a competition with the winner to be announced that evening.


The Taste of EatLafayette showcases locally owned restaurants that participate in the annual EatLafayette campaign. The event has traditionally served as the kick off for the now three-month campaign that drives customers to local eateries and is a sell out every year.


“Through our discussions with the Lt. Governor and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board about moving the Cook-off to Lafayette, it became apparent that it was a natural fit for Eat Lafayette,” said Ben Berthelot, President & CEO of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission. “We believe it will help take our popular Taste of Eat Lafayette Event to another level, while providing great exposure for our area, our chefs, restaurants, the Cook-off and Eat Lafayette. It is exciting to see this partnership and event become a reality.”


This event features the best of both worlds: a taste of EatLafayette restaurants and a world class cooking competition. This is the 13th year for EatLafayette and the 10th year for the state’s premier cooking competition, which is presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board in partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association.


“Lafayette chefs are going to compete along with chefs from throughout Louisiana,” said Ken Veron, EatLafayette Advisory Board chairman. “There are two requirements to qualify. They must work at a participating EatLafayette restaurant and be a member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association.”


There is room for a limited number of chefs to compete for the title of King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood, which allows them to join the ranks of a prestigious list of former winners including Chefs Brian Landry, Tory McPhail, Chris Lusk, Aaron Burgau, and Michael Brewer all of New Orleans. Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll took the crown while in New Roads prior to opening their second restaurant in New Orleans. Chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz showcased the northshore’s talent when they took the prize home to Covington. The current King, Chef Blake Phillips, was the second chef from Monroe to win, following in the footsteps of Chef Cory Bahr.



All corners of the state are encouraged to have chefs complete the attached entry form for the chance to represent their region in Lafayette. The winner will have the opportunity to represent Louisiana at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in August and a variety of events during their reign and beyond.



Local restaurants can sign up to participate in EatLafayette online: https://www.lafayettetravel.com/restaurants/eat-lafayette/registration/



Stay tuned for ticket sale information at EatLafayette.com and LafayetteTravel.com.



About the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission

The Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, branded as Lafayette Travel, is a marketing organization created in 1974 to promote Lafayette Parish as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions, tours and sporting events. LCVC is funded primarily by a four percent occupancy tax paid by visitors to Lafayette Parish. In 2008, LCVC was the first tourist commission in Louisiana to be awarded accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program.



About EatLafayette

EatLafayette™ promotes Lafayette's locally owned restaurants. The campaign is in its 13th year and will feature over 100 locations. The 2017 campaign runs June 19- September 17. The participating restaurants were all founded in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Some are now owned and managed by third generation family members. There are several concepts that have been grown to regional locations.

 



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