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The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine June 2017

The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine June 2017

SWLA food

SWLA food Southwest Louisiana’s Fifth Annual Top 20 Restaurants Local Favorites – Contest Results The Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held the fifth annual Top 20 Restaurants online voting contest in honor of National Tourism Week where individuals could nominate and vote for their favorite places to eat in Calcasieu Parish. Culinary delights are a major draw for tourism, and people are passionate about food. There were 202 restaurant nominations made by the public with nearly 5,000 votes cast. The restaurant that received the most votes was Steamboat Bill’s by the Lake. Second place went to Luna Bar and Grill followed by Pat’s of Henderson for third place. Other restaurants that made it to the Top 20, in alphabetical order are 121 Artisan Bistro, Blue Dog Café, Buffi’s Peaux Boys, Casa Mañana, Darrell’s, Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen, Landry’s Seafood, Nina P’s, Pitt Grill, Restaurant Calla, Saltgrass Steakhouse, Seafood Palace, Southern Spice Restaurant & Grill, Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse and Walk-On’s. “Whenever people travel, especially in Louisiana, they want to know where the locals eat. We are blessed with an abundance of flavorful restaurants that truly bring out the unique qualities of Louisiana cuisine or have a twist all their own. This contest helps visitors know where locals love to frequent for culinary experiences, and we would like to extend a congratulations to the Top 20 Local Favorites winners,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB. The contest was promoted through social media, on the CVB’s website, as well as through National Tourism Week marketing including print, radio and public relations efforts. For more information, log onto www.visitlakecharles. org/Top20 or become a fan of the CVB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ LakeCharlesCVB. Contact Shelly Johnson, Executive Director or Angie Manning, CDME Communications Director Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau t: 337.436.9588 or 800.456.7952 www.visitlakecharles.org Most Votes - Steamboat Bill’s by the Lake 2nd Place - Luna Bar and Grill 3rd Place - Pat’s of Henderson 8 June 2017 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 4 • Number 9

SWLA non-profit SWLA Juneteenth Celebration Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) Juneteenth is a nonprofit 501-(C)(3) organization with a mission to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating the community about African American heritage, and promoting positive cultural interaction. ​Every year, the SWLA Juneteenth Committee hosts various events in honor of the Juneteenth (June 19th) Freedom Holiday, including the SWLA Juneteenth Music Festival. For more information contact Jackie McNaulty at 337-781-1235. Come and celebrate diversity and freedom with us. 2017 SWLA Juneteenth Celebration Juneteenth Pageant Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:00 P.M. Clifton Chenier Center Freedom Fest: A Spoken Word Event Friday, June 16, 2017 6:00 P.M. Harambee Event Center Unpacking My Baggage: A Freedom Story Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:00 P.M. & 6:00 P.M. Clifton Chenier Center SWLA Juneteenth Music Festival Sunday, June 18, 2017 2:00 P.M. Heymann Park www.swlajuneteenth.org Volume 4 • Number 9 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM June 2017 9

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