METAIRIE, La. — The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) Cenla Chapter’s annual Carnival party, “Taste of Mardi Gras,” will be held Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Alexandria Riverfront Center, 7-9 p.m. (Special VIP seating, with reserved tables of eight available, is at 6 p.m.)
A party not to be missed, it will feature “tastes” of the best restaurants in central Louisiana, a silent auction of more than 20 packages and entertainment by the band, “Stormy,” which will perform 9-11 p.m. A cash bar will be available all evening.
“Taste of Mardi Gras has become one of Alexandria’s most anticipated events,” said LRA Cenla Chapter President Johnny Scalisi, managing partner of Texas Roadhouse in Alexandria. “It is a wonderful party the whole family can enjoy, with fantastic food and entertainment, all for great causes.”
Last year’s event boasted 40 restaurants and vendors and more than 2,000 revelers in attendance. This year, enjoy tasty creations from Texas Roadhouse, Mi Tierra, Outlaw’s and 35 other restaurants.
A portion of the proceeds from “Taste of Mardi Gras” go toward the LRA Cenla Chapter’s annual LRA Education Foundation (LRAEF) goal. The LRAEF, in turn, will use monies raised to further promote the restaurant industry as a career choice through its ProStart® program and enhance the restaurant community through expanded educational and career opportunities. The Children’s Miracle Network will also receive a portion of the proceeds.
The LRA Cenla Chapter would like to thank its generous sponsors for this year’s event: Southwest Beverage Company, Progressive Waste and GAEDA.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, January 8, 2013, and can be purchased in advance at $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 years and younger. They can be purchased at the following locations in Alexandria:
• Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 707 Second Street
• Atwood’s Bakery, 1125 MacArthur Drive
• Critic’s Choice, 415 Murray Street and 5208 Rue Verdun
• Greg Baker State Farm, 3203 Masonic Drive
• Texas Roadhouse, 1464 MacArthur Drive
At the door the night of the event, tickets increase to $25 for adults and $15 for children.
Reserved VIP Tables are also available in advance for $400, which includes reserved seating for eight, a complimentary bottle of champagne and early admittance at 6 p.m. and can be purchased at the Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB. Call (318) 442-9546 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . For forms to reserve your table(s), be a sponsor and/or be a vendor, visit www.LRA.org , or contact LRA Member Services Coordinator Patsy Rials at email@example.com  or (318) 355-5301.
For other Alexandria Mardi Gras events, visit www.alexmardigras.com .
Note: Valid ID is required for alcohol purchase/possession/consumption. No outside food, beverages or ice chests allowed.