Chef Lyle Broussard of L’Auberge Casino Resort and Chef Dave Evans of Luna Bar & Grill are two of eleven premiere Louisiana chefs heading to Atlanta to feature the state’s world-class cuisine in several of Atlanta’s top restaurants. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Louisiana Travel Association and the Louisiana Office of Tourism have partnered with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to present the “Louisiana in Atlanta Restaurant Night.”

This extraordinary event combines the culinary expertise of chefs from Louisiana and Atlanta to spice things up in the kitchen and offer Atlantans a taste of the Bayou State’s vibrant culture and flavorful cuisine.

Prior to the restaurant night, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau staff will also be attending the Restaurant Night Media Preview reception, where the Louisiana chefs, including the Lake Area duo, will prepare the state’s world-class cuisine for key influencers, encouraging media to write about the Louisiana culinary experience.

“This is a great opportunity to show Atlanta the diverse food of the many unique regions in Louisiana, and also to showcase the rich Cajun and Creole heritage of Lake Charles and SWLA as a whole,” said Chef Lyle Broussard of L’Auberge Casino Resort.

“Our goal is to connect key influencers – writers, editors and producers – to our diverse heritage through our cuisine,” said Jill Kidder, LTA President and CEO. “In turn, the media’s influential stories will showcase our state as a culinary destination to the world.”

This effort is part of the Louisiana Culinary Trails campaign, a long-standing joint venture of LTA, the Office of Tourism and 18 convention and visitor bureaus from throughout the state, including the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“In Lake Charles, good food is just part of what connects us to our diverse heritage, and we want to bring this experience to the people of Atlanta,” said Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO of the Lake Charles/SWLA CVB. “For one night only, we are encouraging food enthusiasts from the Atlanta area to come experience Louisiana’s chefs, seafood and culinary traditions in some of their favorite restaurants. But most importantly, one day we want them to come to Louisiana and get a firsthand taste of our culinary treats in Lake Charles.”

Highlighting the flavors of Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana, Chef Lyle Broussard will be cooking Smoked Chicken & House Made Sausage Gumbo and Smoked Redfish on the ½ shell with Charred Corn and Crawfish. Chef Dave Evans will be cooking The Bourdain Wedge and Redfish Apollo.


Chef Lyle Broussard is known for his Cajun and Creole flavors and his passion for southwest Louisiana culture and cuisine, dating back to time spent perched next to his grandmother’s stovetop where he developed a passion for food. He brought those skills to L’Auberge, located in Louisiana; a 26-story luxury resort with 1,000 rooms and suites, championship golf course, full-service spa, extensive meeting space, expansive casino and eight dynamic restaurants including Jack Daniel’s® Bar & Grill. Chef Broussard’s love of his local heritage carries over to the menu with authenticity, deep flavors and a simplicity that allows the ingredients to do the talking. Chef Lyle Broussard will be partnering with Jonathan and Justin Fox at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.


Being a musician and a culinary artist, Dave Evans takes pride in delivering excellence both on the stage and in the kitchen. Luna Bar & Grill has been the cornerstone of downtown Lake Charles for over a decade and has achieved great success as a staple restaurant in Southwest Louisiana. Listed as either number one or second favorite in Southwest Louisiana’s Top 20 Local Favorites Restaurant Competition for the past 7 years, Luna Bar & Grill offers one of the most popular jazz brunches in town. Chef Dave Evans will be partnering with chef Scott Serpas at Serpas True Food.


Reservations are available now for what’s sure to be a memorable meal and can be made by contacting the participating restaurants directly. For more information on the event, chefs and restaurants, visit the event website here.

To truly explore and experience Louisiana’s unique, flavorful cuisine, you can check out the Louisiana Culinary Trails or on Facebook at The Louisiana Culinary Trails is an online, self-guided road trip around Louisiana’s eight distinct regions with suggestions to take your next trip to Louisiana to new culinary heights.