NATCHITOCHES – Shrimp any way you like it – boiled, blackened, barbecued, with pasta, with mac and cheese or with grits – and other seafood delicacies such as blackened alligator, oysters on the half shell, crawfish and artichoke bisque and crawfish and crab etouffee are just a few of the items on the menu for Flavor of Louisiana, Northwestern State University’s seafood extravaganza. Offerings will also include seafood gumbo, pastrami-cured catfish, pan-seared black drum with seafood au gratin sauce and seared ahi tuna with stone ground jalapeno grits, unagi sauce and bulls blood. For meat-eaters, barbecue brisket, smoked chicken and baked potato casserole will be served. There will also be a coffee and dessert bar.
The second annual Flavor of Louisiana will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23 in Prather Coliseum where diners can sample dishes prepared by chefs, restaurateurs and caterers from throughout the state as well as NSU culinary arts students. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for students, faculty development and other university projects and programs.
Flavor of Louisiana is presented in partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Board and guests can mingle from station to station tasting a variety of dishes while enjoying music and beverages including sweet tea, craft beers and cocktails and novelties such as oyster shots.
“Flavor of Louisiana will feature a spectrum of seafood dishes prepared by some of the most popular and talented chefs and restaurants in Louisiana, including some of our local favorites,” said Rebekah Burleson, event coordinator. “In addition, individual colleges will have booths with raffles and prizes to raise money for their own departments.”
The event directly impacts students who rely on scholarships to stay in school, Burleson said.
“We are fortunate to have many student volunteers helping with logistics, helping with set-up and those who preparing and serving the desserts. When our guests attend this event, they can look around at these hard-working students and know they are helping them pay for tuition, buy books and ultimately complete their degrees,” Burleson said.
Tickets to Flavor of Louisiana are $65 per person or $125 per couple. Sponsorships are available at the $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 levels and include reserved seating and other perks.
Tickets and sponsorship information for Flavor of Louisiana is available at northwesternalumni.com or by contacting Burleson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (318) 357-5213.