Monday, June 23, 2014

Eatin' in the Big Easy, LRA announces 4th annual We Live to Eat Restaurant Week

Embracing the ever-growing culinary scene in New Orleans, the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) – Greater New Orleans Chapter is proud to announce the return of its annual culinary promotion – We Live to Eat (WLTE) Restaurant Week – a weeklong celebration showcasing New Orleans’ finest restaurants. From September 8-14, 2014 locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy exclusive discounted two-course lunch ($20 or less) and three-course dinner menus ($39 or less) from more than 50 of the city’s most-acclaimed dining destinations including celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurants – Emeril's, Emeril's Delmonico and NOLA Restaurant; acclaimed Chef John Besh establishments – Domenica, Lüke, Borgne, La Provence and August; New Orleans culinary institutions Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s and Commanders Palace; Drago’s Seafood Restaurant; Mr. B’s Bistro; Le Foret; Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; SoBou; Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak and many more.

Expanding on the popular program, this year’s WLTE Restaurant Week will feature an array of new culinary events and promotions including a special Kick Off celebration taking place at New Orleans’ acclaimed event space, The Chicory, Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Open to the public, guests will be able to sample culinary delights from a handful of participating chefs as they offer a “sneak peek” of their Restaurant Week menus, while enjoying complimentary cocktails and entertainment. Ticket sales will benefit the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to building the culinary community through expanded educational and career opportunities, the formation of strategic partnerships and the elevation of our professional standards and practices. 

WLTE Restaurant Week is proud to partner with Eat Fit NOLA – a unique program that highlights the better-for-you items right on the menu, making it effortless for anyone to eat nutritiously, anywhere in the city. Designed by registered dietician with Ochsner’s Elmwood Fitness Center, Molly Kimball, guests can indulge without guilt by choosing certified Eat Fit NOLA dishes available on the Restaurant Week menus.

Celebrated for its food, WLTE Restaurant Week offers visitors the chance to explore New Orleans’ dining scene and one-of-a-kind culture without breaking the bank. With hotel packages, inexpensive flight deals and discounted menus at New Orleans’ top restaurants, tourists are in for the ultimate foodie vacation.

WLTE Restaurant Week Sponsors to date include: Camellia Brand; Open Table; Patrick Gros CPA; Auto-Chlor System; Eat Fit NOLA; and Crystal Clear Imaging.

Guests can check back regularly to the WLTE Restaurant Week website here for updates on participants, sponsors, travel packages and deals.  Restaurant menus will be available online beginning August 1, 2014.  Smartphone app also available for Android and iPhone August 1, 2014.

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