Friday, June 22, 2012

EatLafayette Restaurants Work Together to Encourage Dining Locally

Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
337-235-2924 ext. 18
EatLafayette Restaurants Work Together to Encourage Dining Locally
Eighth Annual EatLafayette Brought to You by The New Fly Lafayette Club and Robert Mondavi Wines

(Lafayette, La.) – In its eighth year, the 2012 EatLafayette campaign, brought to you by The New Fly Lafayette Club and Robert Mondavi Wines runs from June 18 through August 15; with over 60 participating restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines and experiences, diners will have many tasty options for their summer meals.

In Louisiana, many of the fondest memories and celebrations involve gathering with loved ones to share a good meal. That tradition has been proven by Lafayette’s recent recognition by Rand McNally and USA Today’s 2011 Best of the Road campaign as the Best for Food and Southern Living’s acknowledgement that Lafayette is the Tastiest Town in the South for 2012.

“EatLafayette is about bringing locally-owned restaurants together to support one another and the community,” said Charlie Goodson, owner of Charley G’s and one of the originators of the EatLafayette campaign. “We want to bring people together to experience local flavors and support local business.”

“The campaign saturates the local market with innovative use of social and digital media in addition to television, radio and print,” said Gerald Breaux, executive director of the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission. “EatLafayette encourages people to visit locally-owned restaurants throughout the campaign and through the rest of the year. There’s something for everyone in this year’s list of restaurants.” gives visitors a full list of participating restaurants. The website includes information about the campaign, special offers, contests, sponsors, a helpful map, and information about the Caribbean Cruise Giveaway. The 4-day cruise is compliments of Travel Machine.

EatLafayette is utilizing several social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, Pinterest, and eNewsletters to keep the community up to date on specials and promotions offered by participating restaurants and sponsors.

The 2012 EatLafayette campaign launched yesterday and will continue through August 15.

This year, the following restaurants are participating in EatLafayette:
  1. 2 Paul’s Radically Urban Barbecue
  2. Agave Cantina
  3. Andoli’s Sandwich Press
  4. Antlers Restaurant
  5. Antoni’s Italian Café
  6. Bailey’s Bistro
  7. Bella Figura
  8. BJ’s Pizza & Deli
  9. Blue Dog Café
  10.  Bon Temps Grill
  11.  Cafe Habana City
  12.  Café Vermilionville
  13.  Charley G’s
  14.  Country Cuisine
  15.  Coyote Blues
  16.  Dax on Verot
  17.  Dean-O’s
  18.  Dix “Almost Famous” Daiquiris
  19.  Don’s Seafood & Steakhouse Downtown
  20.  Dozo Restaurant
  21.  Fat Pat’s Bar & Grill
  22.  Fezzo’s Seafood Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
  23.  Gallagher’s Café
  24.  Hub City Diner
  25.  iMonelli
  26.  Joey’s
  27.  Johnson’s Boucaniere
  28.  Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro
  29.  Judice Inn
  30.  La Cuisine de Maman
  31.  La Fonda Restaurant
  32.  Lagneaux’s
  33.  Lil Bite O Heaven
  34.  Lil Daddy’s Bar-B-Q
  35.  Little River Inn
  36.  Masala Indian Kitchen
  37.  McGee’s Landing
  38.  Nimbeaux’s Restaurant
  39.  Office Hours Sandwich Shop
  40.  Olde Tyme Grocery
  41.  Pamplona Tapas Bar and Restaurant
  42.  Pete’s Family Sports Grill
  43.  Picante Mexican Restaurant
  44.  Pont Breaux’s Cajun Restaurant
  45.  Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn
  46.  Poseideon’s Greek Restaurant
  47.  POUR Wine Bar & Restaurant
  48.  Prejean’s Restaurant
  49.  Rachael’s Café
  50.  Randol’s
  51.  Rochetto’s Pizzeria
  52.  Romacelli
  53.  Sandra’s Café and Health Food Store
  54.  Sophi P. Cakes
  55.  The French Press
  56.  The Lab Handcrafted Coffee and Comforts
  57.  The Saint Street Inn
  58.  ThiboDough’s Breads and Bagels
  59.  Tsunami
  60.  Village Café
  61.  Whole Wheatery Eatery
  62.  Zeus Café
EatLafayette 2012 is brought to you by the New Fly Lafayette Club and Robert Mondavi Wines. Sponsored by the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, Louisiana Pick Your Passion, Townsquare Media, KLFY TV 10, Cox, KADN Fox 15, WVLA, myKLAF TV, The Independent, Travel Machine, Event Rental, Lamar Outdoor, Atmos Energy, AT&T, LUS Fiber and Louisiana Hot Sauce.
About EatLafayette™
What started as a conversation between two local businessmen in Lafayette, Louisiana has evolved into a successful promotions campaign that provides a unique opportunity for people to experience local cuisine in Lafayette. Charlie Goodson, owner of Charley G’s Seafood Grill, and Gerald Breaux, executive director of the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission got together in early 2005 to discuss how locally-owned restaurants could gain visibility in a market flooded with big-dollar franchise restaurant advertising.

The result of those conversations was a summer EatLafayette campaign that is now in its eighth year. EatLafayette is a two-month celebration showcasing the restaurants that make Acadiana culture so appetizing. This year’s campaign is a true success with over 60 restaurants signed up to participate.

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