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First-ever 318 Restaurant Week set for Shreveport-Bossier

Swaine, Liz (Source: Jasmine Payoute/ KSLA News 12) Swaine, Liz (Source: Jasmine Payoute/ KSLA News 12)

They’ve been in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and now they’re making their way to Shreveport.

“Downtown Shreveport is excited about two things coming up that we love: great food and lots of it,” said Liz Swaine.

On Tuesday, tourism official Liz Swaine announced that Restaurant Week would be coming to Northwest Louisiana.

Restaurant Week, is a 5-day long event that runs from November 1-5. It will give residents an opportunity to dine at local restaurants at special prices.

Participating eateries will create prix fixe (a complete meal offered at a fixed price) menus for lunch and dinner.

The event, called '318 Restaurant Week' was brought to the area by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau along with several other companies and restaurants located in Downtown Shreveport.

“What it is, is you get a bunch of restaurants to come together and do fun, unique things for a period of time,” Swaine said.

Swaine says that because it has worked well in so many other cities, there is no reason it shouldn’t work in Shreveport.

“We’ve got some incredible restaurants, I mean just look around me… so many people don’t know about these restaurants, they never come to them, and maybe this gives them the opportunity to want to try them out.”

On Shreveport-Bossier’s travel website, organizers described the food tourists and residents alike will get to get a taste of.

“Local cuisine reflects the influences of the Cajun and Creole kitchens of South Louisiana, as well as the legendary pit barbecue culture of Texas. Add to this already special mix a heavy influence of “country cooking” and soul food, and Shreveport-Bossier’s food scene becomes even more enticing.”

Participating restaurants include; Abby Singer’s Bistro, Barbara’s Eatery, Bistro to Go, Bon Asian Café, Bon Temps Coffee Bar and more.

“We’ve never attempted anything like this,” Swaine said about the upcoming event.

Abby Singer Bistro’s head chef, Tootie Morrison, stated how excited she was to be a part of Shreveport’s first-ever Restaurant Week.

“We thought that this was the perfect opportunity to get involved with the community and address people that don’t know that we’re here,” Morrison said.

She added that the restaurant, which is attached to a theater, will be doing something they have never done before. They will tie the three course menu into a movie experience. The restaurant will serve butternut and popcorn soup, roasted duck, butternut squash, milk-chocolate Crème Brule and gourmet popcorn.

Customers visiting the restaurant say this gives them a perfect reason to come back or try someplace new.

“I think it’s a great idea. Your tendency is to eat at the same place and run, and it’s nice to be able to try something new,” said David Gray.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and to get tickets, click here.

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