Pour me something, mister

by Kari Walker

Carnival-inspired cocktails and appetizers at Café Vermilionville

Café Vermilionville is ready to get the party started when it comes to Mardi Gras. The Pinhook Road restaurant has a cocktail and light bites menu suited for any pre-party festivities before heading to one of the many Mardi Gras balls in Lafayette.

Men in tuxes and ladies in sequin gowns alike will enjoy sipping on creations like the King Cake martini and the Pontiac Point cocktail.

The creamy Carnival martini starts with champagne, spiced rum and amaretto and is then finished with citrus flavors and a sugared rim - purple, green and gold, of course. The Pontiac Point cocktail delivers a punch of vodka and cognac with fragrant rosemary, mint and kumquat slices and fresh lime juice.

Grab a seat at the bar and order one of each to put you in the Carnival spirit.

Photo courtsey of Café Vermilionville

Foie gras PB&J  is a play on a childhood favorite fit for a King

Pair your beverages with bites like the foie gras PB&J or the Mardi Gras sampler - for $30, a platter suited for two is filled with crispy braised and truffled pork belly, bacon wrapped salmon croquettes, charbroiled oysters, crawfish beignets, fried pickles and grilled andouille sausage for snacking.

If your krewe is looking to feast like a king, call Café Vermilionville at 237-0100 to make a reservation for dinner in the dining room before heading off to dance the night away.