Wednesday, June 12, 2013

EatLafayette celebrates city’s unique restaurants

    EatLafayette is a summer campaign that celebrates the city’s unique locally owned restaurants. When it began nine years ago the campaign lasted two weeks and included 18 restaurants. This year, the campaign has been extended from June 17 to Sept 2, 2013, and now includes 72 locally owned restaurants!
    Being able to spotlight so many fabulous restaurants in an 11-week span is quite an accomplishment for a small city such as Lafayette. But that’s the beauty of this hub of Cajun and Creole country and why Lafayette was named “Best for Food” by Rand McNally’s 2011 “Best of the Road” contest and the 2012 “Tastiest Town in the South” by Southern Living magazine.
    The styles of participating restaurants run the gamut in tastes. In addition to its longstanding restaurants that have made Lafayette famous are new innovative ones that feature nouveau cuisine and farm-to-table fare.
    “We have a whole new generation of young foodies and restaurants,” said Julie Calzone of Calzone & Associates, the marketing arm of the campaign.
    EatLafayette not only offers special discounts at participating restaurants throughout the summer but gives visitors a guide to those Lafayette establishments that are locally owned, offer local products and provide a guide to different types of cuisines.   
    “It answers the questions, ‘Where do we go to eat?’ ‘What is local?’” Calzone said.    
    Are you ready to eat Lafayette?
    Visit the EatLafayette site for a list of participating restaurants, specials and more at or "like" the EatLafayette Facebook page and follow along on Twitter. Visit Lafayette Travel’s “Taste Lafayette” page for more information on Lafayette’s hot culinary scene and recipes at

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