Sipping Suds in Style
Lafayette Bring your beer-loving buddies to sip and sample more than 200 beers from local, imported and domestic breweries (including first-batch debuts) during Gulf Brew (Oct. 22), Louisiana’s oldest craft beer festival. Music enlivens the popular outdoor fest anchored by a main stage at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the fundraiser’s beneficiary. AcA brings live music and exhibitions plus art and music education to over 25,000 students in 77 public schools (acadianacenterforthearts.org/event/gulf-brew-2022).
New Supper Club Events
Peat & Pearls, a Florida-based supper club founded in Pensacola in 2017, recently expanded to Lafayette. The first of its quarterly seasonal themed dinners (enjoyed for an annual $75 membership fee plus dinner costs) features Chef Jeremy Conner’s multi-course Gulf seafood-themed Oct. 13 dinner at Lafayette’s John Nickerson House Event Center followed by an elaborate oyster-themed Nov. 17 dinner helmed by Chef Kelsey Leger and Chef Matthew Pettus at Honeycomb Café in Sunset (peatandpearls.com).
Of Bikes, Beer and Omelettes
Enjoy some of the smoothest road cycling in South Louisiana during Bikes, Brews, & Omelettes Two (Nov. 5-6) featuring a diversity of route distances and events. Combining the Bayou Teche Brewing Bike Bash with Abbeville’s Giant Omelette Celebration plus Tante Marie’s live Cajun Jam with gumbo in Breaux Bridge. Ride through a variety of welcoming Cajun towns offering special enticements along the way (latrail.org).
Youngsville, Jennings, Crowley, Abbeville, Carencro
The South Louisiana-based sushi, hibachi and steakhouse, Tokyo Japan, is expanding to its 5th location in Youngsville’s Sugar Mill Pond (preceded by Jennings, Crowley, Abbeville and Carencro). To be located inside a new 10,800-square-foot commercial building. Tokyo Japan’s $1.2 million investment will be “fancier than any other location” with a state-of-the-art full wall display with nature motion graphics and ambient music plus a large garage door opening to a patio (slated for completion mid-2023).