EatLafayette returns June 18

by Leslie Turk

Sixty-one local restaurants have signed on for the eighth annual campaign to put more people in seats at locally owned eateries.

With The New Fly Lafayette Club returning as title sponsor, EatLafayette is gearing up for its eighth annual campaign to increase business at locally owned restaurants in Acadiana. Sixty-one restaurants are participating in the campaign, which runs June 18 Aug. 15. Those restaurants offer specials to generate additional business during the slower summer months.

Earlier this year Rand McNally and USA Today's Best of the Road campaign recognized Lafayette as the Best Small Town for Food, and a national Southern Living contest awarded it the Tastiest Town in the South.

"Lafayette's distinct culinary identity as the capital of Cajun country, its spicy, sausage-laden roots and a new generation of locals devoted to preserving their heritage while putting a fresh spin on tradition have made it an incredibly satisfying place to eat," wrote Senior Editor Paula Disbrowe in the Southern Living story.

The New Fly Lafayette Club launched last year as a way of thanking flyers for choosing the Lafayette Regional Airport as their departure and arrival airport. Members of The New Fly Lafayette Club enter to win rewards from the club's sponsors, including free meals, services, Fly Lafayette Club merchandise, gift certificates and free parking. Winners are chosen each month from the members who utilize the airport.

"Stay tuned as more sponsors are announced for the 2012 campaign," Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission Executive Director Gerald Breaux said in announcing this year's program. "It is an impressive lineup."

For more information, contact LCVC at (337) 232-3737 or visit the EatLafayette website here.