Flavor of Louisiana tickets still available


NATCHITOCHES – Tickets are still available for Flavor of Louisiana, Northwestern State University’s spring seafood extravaganza and spring fund raiser.  Flavor of Louisiana will feature cuisine prepared by nearly two dozen chefs, restaurants and caterers from throughout the state, including several local favorites, along with specialty cocktails, a coffee and dessert bar, music, baskets, raffles and more.


Flavor of Louisiana is presented by the NSU Foundation in partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Board.  Guests can stop at each food station for a tasting of a specialty dish, including options for meat-eaters.


Proceeds from the event support student scholarships and academic enhancement, said Rebekah Burleson, event coordinator.


“With all the delicious offerings that will be available, we are expecting a large turn-out for our second annual Flavor of Louisiana,” Burleson said. “The response from the community has been very positive.


“It takes a lot of teamwork to make an event like this happen and our students, faculty and staff are fully engaged in the planning and execution,” Burleson added.  “Whether they are culinary arts students preparing food or those helping with tickets and clean-up, they are more than willing to volunteer with an event to raise funds for scholarships and programming.”


As a new feature, each college will have a booth to raise funds for their individual programs, Burleson said.


Flavor of Louisiana will be at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23 in Prather Coliseum. Tickets  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.


Flavor of Louisiana is a highlight of several events planned this week, which include the dedication of the Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center in memory of former NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, followed by a celebration tailgate party at 4 p.m. and baseball game versus Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m.  At noon Friday, March 23, NSU will honor outstanding alumni with induction into the Long Purple Line, NSU’s alumni hall of distinction.  Tickets for the induction luncheon and program, which will take place in the Sylvan Friedman Student Union, are $20 per person.


Tickets and sponsorship information for Flavor of Louisiana, Long Purple Line induction and other events is available at northwesternalumni.com or by contacting Burleson at burlesonr@nsula.edu or (318) 357-5213.