By Kevin Shannahan
Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum was once again transformed into what was arguably the finest restaurant in the state Friday, March 22nd as 35 area establishments presented their best seafood dishes and drinks to over 800 Northwestern State University supporters. The diners 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. Local live event artist Morgan Lasyone donated a painting of the festivities that she created over the course of the evening.
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 and travel funds, as well as providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to reach out to the surrounding community. The event is expected to raise over $72,000 for this worthy cause.
Louisiana’s Lt. Gov., Billy Nungesser, made his third appearance as the guest of honor for the event and was presented the Nth Degree Award by NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio. The Nth Degree is the highest award Northwestern State University can bestow upon an individual who is not an alumni.
Lt. Gov Nungesser’s office, in conjunction with the Louisiana Seafood Board, provided the seafood served at the event. 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 third year of what will hopefully be many more. The Bayou State features some of the best seafood to be found anywhere!
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating tonight’s photography. Copy protection is off and anyone may download any they wish. If you do see a photo you like, please consider a donation to the NSU Foundation in lieu of payment. Let’s help make Northwestern State University an even better place!
By Kevin Shannahan