My dear friend, Jenna, was our next visitor on the books and it’s very likely that I gained 10 lbs during her brief visit. We ate and drank our way through Shreveport… starting with the Rouge dinner and wine tasting. Rouge is a women’s magazine produced by The Shreveport Times (my employer) and we recent revamped the content to align with today’s modern women — and naturally kicked it off with a wine tasting.
The event was held at Robinson’s Film Center. They have a restaurant on the 2nd floor of the theater with an incredible bartender, plus their chef was the winner of the first annual Louisiana Food Prize so I knew it was a good spot to represent Shreveport for Jenna’s visit.
We also explored Ki Mexico, our favorite food truck turned restaurant and Wine Country Bistro. It was a week full of Girls’ Nights. And it was glorious.
All of our binge eating led to a weekend of giving back for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k. I have been volunteering with the organization since this spring — my friend Rachel is the local ACS event manager and roped me into serving as their publicity chair but I am so glad she did.
The Thursday before the event we did a couple radio interviews but luckily it was with our friend (and radio DJ) Jess. She may be biased but she said we were total naturals — at least we weren’t the people that show up for a radio interview and nod the whole time … turns out the listeners can’t see you.
I am very fortunate to say that I successfully raised $1,705 for breast cancer research — I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my family and friends are a generous bunch. The event resulted in 1,100 participants (double from last year) and $93,000 raised (also, double from last year) and it wouldn’t have been as fun without my gal pals, like Jenna.
To close out her visit, and really test her blood pressure, I treated Jenna to an authentic Louisiana lunch: fried alligator, crawfish etouffee, BBQ ribs and sweet tea at Shane’s Seafood. After all, “it’s where the Cajuns eat!”
Finally, we got Tex’s Halloween costume the day after Jenna left. Although she couldn’t experience it in-person, this photo will allow the moment to live on forever.