Flavor of Louisiana will offer seafood samplings and more

Chefs, restaurants and several beverage companies have announced their participation in Flavor of Louisiana, Northwestern State University’s spring fund raiser for student scholarships and academic programs. The event will take place from 6-11 p.m. Friday, March 22 in Prather Coliseum.

Presented in partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Board, Flavor of Louisiana will feature dozens of tasting stations where guests can sample prepared seafood delicacies, craft beers, specialty cocktails and desserts. Meat options will also be available for non-seafood eaters.

A few of the items that will available for sampling are as follows.

Oyster Shooter Bloody Mary

Marinated Crab Fingers & Boiled Shrimp

BBQ Shrimp served with Jalapeno & Cojita Cheese Grits

Seafood Cornbread Dressing with Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish Frittatas with Cajun Crab Balls

Catfish Creole

“We would like to thank all of our vendors for helping us with this event. For the previous two years, friends of NSU have raved about the variety of delicious samplings that were available at Flavor of Louisiana,” said, Erin Dupree, coordinator of Development. “It’s exciting to see what dishes will be offered from classic favorites to the new and exotic.”

NSU would also like to thank sponsors who are supporting the event, which generates substantial financial support for student scholarships and academic programs. Sponsorships are available at the $5,000 (Louisiana), $2,500 (Bayou), $1,000 (Magnolia and Pelican – separate benefits) levels and include reserved seating and other perks. The $5,000 Louisiana Sponsor level is a double sponsorship with the Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races, a day-long event set for Saturday, April 13 in downtown Natchitoches. Proceeds from the Dragon Boat Races will benefit First Year Experience, programming that encourages freshmen students to be active participants in events and organizations on campus.

Tickets to Flavor of Louisiana are $65 per person or $125 per couple. Tickets and more information on sponsorships are available by calling (318) 357-5699.