From one foodie destination to another, Louisiana tourism marketers are visiting New York to promote gumbo, jambalaya, and dirty rice, and the restaurants in places like New Orleans and Lafayette where visitors can imbibe. They should get a warm welcome in New York, whose citizens will travel long distances for hot eateries and correspondingly sizzling spices.
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is heading to New York with 10 chefs to promote Louisiana cuisine.
The tourism marketing trip is planned for Monday through Wednesday.
The groups are setting up a Louisiana-style festival for visitors with live music and Louisiana seafood dishes to draw attention to the state’s Culinary Trails Campaign. Among those invited are writers, editors and producers interested in food and travel and companies who book tours.
Participating chefs are from Monroe, St. Martinville, Lake Charles, Covington, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans.
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Photo Credit: In this August 17, 2015 file photo, Namese restaurant owner Hieu Doan talks with customers in New Orleans. Names is a Vietnamese restaurant in New Orleans, where the chefs infuse the famous flavors of New Orleans with traditional Asian favorites. Louisiana officials are touting the state's restaurants in a New York visit to promote Louisiana tourism. Max Becherer / Associated Press