Monday, September 21, 2015

EatLafayette is 11 Years Strong

You've done it again. You, the reader of this newsletter, are the reason the EatLafayette campaign has been a huge success again this year. EatLafayette is a summer celebration of our local eateries and this year's achievements are worthy of a celebration. Whether you are a participant, sponsor, blogger, friend, follower or taste tester of EatLafayette, we want you to know one thing: this could not be done without YOU.

In wrapping up this year's campaign, we have a few announcements to make:

First, the Beer Appétit Challenge Live Event

And the winner is... EVERYONE who participated. Honestly, teaming up with Schilling Distributing Company we've raised over $1000 at the Live Event alone for the Acadiana Chapter of the American Red Cross. We are still calculating what the individual restaurants raised during the month long challenge! Every single restaurant and chef who participated in this event won over the hearts (and tummies) of Acadiana. 
Officially though, we did have a few outstanding players:
People's Choice: Artmosphere Bistro
This award was given to the restaurant who got the most "votes" from the attendees of the Live Event.
Artmosphere raised $96 alone in votes last Wednesday.
Judge's Award: Jefferson Street Pub
A panel of judges ranging from professional food writers to local brewmeisters tasted all of the dishes and deemed JSP's smoked duck breast on a lotus bun with Gnarly Barley hoisin sauce superior to the other competing entries.
Challenge Award: Saint Street Inn
This award was given to the restaurant who raised the most money throughout the course of the Beer Appétit Challenge. Saint Street Inn has been active since day one, and it was our pleasure to crown head chef Ashley Roussel as the Challenge Champion.
We can't wait to see all of you guys defend your titles this time next year.

Second, the Trip Giveaway from Travel Machine

After the campaign officially ends, we know what's really on everyone's minds. Who won the trip to Cancun?! Rest assured, we will be working hard all week to pick up every last entry box from all 100+ restaurant locations. Keep your phones close and your inboxes open, because we will be picking a winner VERY soon.

Finally, remember to Eat, Eat, Eat Lafayette

Summer is officially over and technically so is the campaign, but EatLafayette never really ends! Our local restaurants want you, need you, and love you all year long. We urge you to keep eating local, because you deserve good food and our eateries deserve good customers! Our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages will still be there for suggestions, and so will EatLafayette.Com. When it comes to Eating Lafayette, we'll ALWAYS be there for you.
Cheers to a great campaign and we'll see you next year! 

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