Flavor of Louisiana delights nearly 600 guests, raises funds for student scholarships


NATCHITOCHES – Nearly 600 guests enjoyed seafood dishes, music and more at Flavor of Louisiana, Northwestern State University’s spring fund raiser and celebration of Louisiana cuisine. The March 23 event, presented in partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Board, raised nearly $50,000 that will support student scholarships, academic programming and professional development for faculty.


“We have heard nothing but positive feedback. I believe everyone who attended had a wonderful time. There was an endless amount of delicious food provided by chefs all across Louisiana. The cocktails were great and the band played music that had guests out on the dancefloor. We would have never been able to pull off this event if it weren’t for the help we received from the faculty, staff and students here at NSU,” said Rebekah Burleson, event coordinator.


Flavor of Louisiana featured 18 chefs from around the state offering samples of both exotic and familiar seafood dishes, as well as barbecue and side dishes for meat eaters, along with six bars with specialty cocktails, craft beers, frozen drinks, coffee and tea.  Fund raising booths were also hosted by each college to support their specific programs, as well the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band uniform fund.


“The booths were very successful the night of Flavor of Louisiana.  They raised a little over $7,000,” Burleson said.


The event also utilized the talents of students and faculty in NSU’s Department of Hospitality Management and Tourism.


“The students helped me with some of the planning aspects, they assisted chefs, greeted guests and even provided three different delicious deserts. Mrs. Valerie Salter [HMT professor] and her students did an exceptional job assisting with Flavor of Louisiana, and we are so grateful for all of their hard work and commitment.


“I would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate our donors, supporters, alumni and students at Northwestern State University,” Burleson added. “Your time and your support towards NSU means everything. It was a wonderful night, and we are already looking forward to next year.”


Flavor of Louisiana was first presented last year by the NSU Foundation.  For more information on the Foundation and a list of upcoming events, visit northwesternalumni.com.