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It’s Carnival Time!

DC-area restaurants kick off a season of revelry with festive fare & spirits
Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras season is in full swing and once again, Louisiana-inspired restaurants Acadiana and Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery will bring the energy of New Orleans to the National’s Capital with blow-out Bourbon Street-style bashes on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Acadiana is getting jazzed up for an exclusive Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, February 17 from 6-10PM in the combined Lake and Acadiana banquet roomsWith the purchase of a $100 ticket, guests will enjoy all-you-can-eat and drink offerings. Set to the tunes of a Live New Orleans-style jazz band, attendees can indulge in true Fat Tuesday bites that range from Mini Muffalettas to Deviled Eggs and Char-Broiled Oysters. Feast-worthy stations will display a bounty of carnival fare that includes Shrimp & Grits, Chicken Gumbo, Jambalaya and more. Seafood Stations boast the abundance of the Gulf Coast’s finest with a Raw Bar of Oysters, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp and Cocktail Crab Claws. Sweet surprises come with passed desserts of Beignets, Heavenly Hash and Pralines. Free-flowing specialty cocktails, select beers, wine as well as a special Bourbon Tasting and Martini Bar will set the spirit high. The main dining room will offer the full menu a la carte with drink specials available at the bar. For tickets and more information, please visit acadianarestaurant.com or call 202.408.8848.

New Orleans native and host of Travel Channel’s “American Grilled,” chef David Guas invites guests to rock the block and stroll down to his Louisiana hangout, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, one block from the 16th Clarendon Alliance Annual Mardi Gras Parade. The 4th Annual Bayou Gras Block Party is of epic proportions in a huge party tent from 6-9PM featuring “Krewe de Roux” parade route fare from Muff-a-lottas [named one of America’s best sandwiches by Food & Wine] to Andouille & Shrimp Gumbo – plus a little “Lagniappe” – Pralines and “BB” King Cake by the slice.“Krewe de Booze” N’awlins-style Sips and “Krewe de Brewe” Abita Amber flow all night in complimentary souvenir cups. The Croxton cousins are back to shell out Rappahannock River Oysters at no extra charge and kids 12-and-under eat FREE with a combo of Mac & Cheese, All-beef Dogs and Abita Root Beer. Keeping up with tradition, the Bayou Bakery Boogie Float V will cruise in the Parade at 8PM. If you can’t be in NOLA, you must be in NOVA! One-ticket minimum required. Tickets can be purchased on BayouBakeryVA.com or with a Bayou Bakery “Krewe” member in advance or at the event.

* Krewe de Roux – Food Ticket [choice of 3 different dishes] – $30
* Krewe de Booze – Drink Ticket [3 cocktails from a choice selection] – $25
* Krewe de Brew – Beer Ticket [3 Abita drafts in Mardi Gras Souvenir Cups] – $15

In true Carnival colors, the purple, green and gold celebration customarily rolls for two weeks, so Guas will mirror his hometown two Fridays [February 6 and February 13] before Fat Tuesday with live music, specialty-priced fare and drinks at the “NOLA” Hour from 6-9PM.

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