METAIRIE, La.—The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) Greater New Orleans Chapter’s interactive tasting event, “King of Crawfish,” will be held Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, 6-9 p.m.

Celebrating the bounty of Louisiana’s favorite crustacean, the public is invited to attend and sample crawfish dishes from various LRA member restaurants and vote on which chef deserves to be crowned King (or Queen!) of Crawfish.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 by visiting (Upcoming Events). The price will increase to $40 at the door the night of the event. Guests will get two tickets to cast their votes for their favorite crawfish dishes of the night. Price of admission includes food tastings and specialty drinks.

“Crawfish season is in full swing and what better way to celebrate this year’s bounty than with an event that focuses on the most inventive and delicious ways to prepare crawfish?” said LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter President Steve Trotter. “This event, now in its fourth year, will be a fun way to enjoy crawfish, while indulging in the competitive spirit of our local chefs. Their creativity will be sure to please everyone’s palate.”

Attendees can look forward to tasty crawfish dishes such as crawfish sausage with crawfish etouffée, crawfish beignets and red crawfish curry over stone ground grits and toasted coconut. The following restaurants and their chefs will be duking it out for the glory (with more to come!):

  • Bienvenue Bar & Grill
  • Café B
  • Dat Dog
  • Galatoire’s Restaurant
  • Katie’s Restaurant
  • Manning’s
  • Ralph Brennan Catering
  • Sac-a-Lait
  • Zea Rotisserie & Bar

A portion of the proceeds from King of Crawfish will benefit the LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter’s annual Hospitality PAC and LRA Education Foundation (LRAEF) goals. The LRAEF, in turn, will use monies raised to further promote the restaurant industry as a career choice through its restaurant management and culinary arts program, ProStart®, offered at nine Greater New Orleans area schools. It will also enhance the restaurant community through expanded educational and career opportunities, including culinary and hospitality scholarships.

For more information, contact LRA Chapter Member Services Coordinator Ellyn Davis at or (504) 303-4660.

ProStart is a registered trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association is one of the largest business organizations in the state, representing restaurant operations and related businesses. The restaurant industry in Louisiana is the state’s largest private employer, providing jobs to 207,700 residents. Restaurants in Louisiana are expected to generate sales of $9 billion in 2018. Get up-to-date news about the LRA and the restaurant industry from


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