By Kevin Shannahan
Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum was transformed into what was arguably the finest restaurant in the state March 23 as 21 area establishments and 10 bars presented their best seafood dishes and drinks to over 650 Northwestern State supporters. The event goers enjoyed some of the best seafood dishes to be found anywhere while supporting our hometown university. NSU’s different colleges also held raffles and other fundraisers.
The Flavor of Louisiana is a signature fundraiser for NSU’s Columns Fund. The money raised will be used to further the Columns Fund’s mission of supporting NSU students with scholarships, as well as providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to reach out to the surrounding community. The event is expected to raise over $50,000 for this worthy cause.
Louisiana’s Lt. Gov., Billy Nungesser, returned as the guest of honor for the event. His office, in conjunction with the Louisiana Seafood Board, provided the $18,000 worth of seafood served that night. The Louisiana Seafood Board is charged with promoting the use of seafood from Louisiana’s waters. The dinner featured each of the six species of fish, alligator, crab, oyster, shrimp and crawfish that are native to our state. Lt. Gov. Nungesser and the Seafood Board thought of the Flavor of Louisiana event as a way to both promote the use of local seafood and as a way to raise needed funds for our state’s college’s and universities.
Friday’s Flavor of Louisiana marks the second year of what will hopefully be many more. The Bayou State features some of the best seafood to be found anywhere!
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