A party not to be missed, it will feature “tastes” of the best restaurants in central Louisiana and entertainment by the band, “Stormy,” which will perform 9-11 p.m. A cash bar will be available all evening.
“Taste of Mardi Gras has become one of Alexandria’s most anticipated events,” said LRA Cenla Chapter President Scott Laliberte, director of operations for The Diamond Grill, The Mirror Room and The Bentley Room Restaurant. “We like to think of it as a Mardi Gras ball for those who don’t belong to a krewe. It is a wonderful party the whole family can enjoy, with fantastic food and entertainment, all for great causes.”
Last year’s event boasted more than 30 restaurants and vendors and more than 2,000 revelers in attendance. This year, enjoy tasty creations from Spirits Food & Friends, The Levee, The Mirror Room and Southern Creations, among many others.
A portion of the proceeds from TOMG benefit the LRA Cenla Chapter’s annual LRA Education Foundation (LRAEF) goal. The LRAEF, in turn, will use monies raised to further promote the restaurant industry as a career choice through its restaurant management and culinary arts program, ProStart®, offered at two central Louisiana schools. It will also enhance the restaurant community through expanded educational and career opportunities, including the LRA Cenla Chapter Scholarship. The Children’s Miracle Network will also receive a portion of the proceeds.
Sponsors for the 2017 TOMG include: Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Cleco, Coca-Cola, Jena Choctaw Pines Casino, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Southwest Beverage Company.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased in advance at $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 years and younger. They can be purchased online at www.LRA.org (view Upcoming Events), or at the following locations in Alexandria:
- Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 707 Second Street
- Atwood’s Bakery, 1125 MacArthur Drive
- Critic’s Choice, 415 Murray Street and 5208 Rue Verdun
At the door the night of the event, tickets increase to $25 for adults and $15 for children.
Reserved VIP Tables are also available in advance for $400, which includes reserved seating for eight and early admittance at 6 p.m. and can be purchased online at www.LRA.org (view Upcoming Events) or at the Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB. Call (318) 442-9546 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For forms to reserve your table(s), be a sponsor and/or be a vendor, contact LRA Chapter Member Services Coordinator Angela Martin at email@example.com or (318) 366-1326.
For other Alexandria Mardi Gras events, visit www.alexandriapinevillela.com/mardigras.
Note: Valid ID is required for alcohol purchase/possession/consumption. No outside food, beverages or ice chests allowed.