Former LSU student picks coffee flavor

LSU graduate and former homecoming queen Kristin Davis won PJ’s Coffee’s Facebook contest to pick the company’s next flavor.

Chocolate Truffle will have a “smooth, rich dark chocolate flavor profile,” the company said in a news release.

Davis worked with PJ’s roastmaster, Felton Jones, at the PJ’s roasting facility to develop her new flavor.

She won a year’s worth of PJ’s Coffee, but she gave the prize back and asked that the money go to the Louisiana Youth Seminar, a weeklong leadership experience for high school students at LSU.

A resident of New Orleans, Davis graduated from LSU in 2010 and was that year’s homecoming queen. She’s studying at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans to become an occupational therapist.

Canes’ Graves named Restaurateur of Year

Todd Graves, founder and chief executive officer of Raisin’ Canes Chicken Fingers, was named the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year for 2012.

The award is presented to someone who “has contributed unselfishly to the advancement of Louisiana’s restaurant industry and has continually dedicated his services at both the local chapter and state levels.”

At the same Aug. 11 gala, the LRA also named Rocky Weigand, of Coca-Cola Enterprises in Harahan, as the Associate Member of the Year.

Chef Frank Brigtsen, of Brigtsen’s Restaurant in New Orleans and Charlie’s Seafood in Harahan, also was inducted into the LRA Hall of Fame.

LSU among top 20 schools in tailgating

Southern Living recently named LSU one of the top 20 tailgating schools in the country, and wants readers to vote for the top tailgating school in the South.

The preseason top 20 will be featured in the September issue, which comes out Aug. 24. Voting will close Oct. 1. Fans can go to to vote.

Other schools vying for “The South’s Best Tailgate” are Auburn University, Clemson, Grambling State, Hampden-Sydney College, Howard University, McDaniel College, Mississippi State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, University of Florida, University of Georgia, Ole Miss, University of Oklahoma, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, University of Texas and the University of Virginia.

LSU earns marks for its crawfish boils and RVs.

The other Louisiana school, Grambling, is credited with hosting “a weeklong extravaganza.”

Camelot Club names new president/CEO

Michael Clark was named president/chief operating officer of The Camelot Club.

Clark was the general manager of the club in the early 1990s when the club was owned by Club Corp. of America.

Now the club is owned by Tom Tanner.

“The Camelot Club was my first experience in Louisiana,” Clarke said. “It feels like coming home.”

Restaurants sought for seafood program

The public will vote for the fThe Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board is asking restaurateurs to participate in its Seafood for Life program.

The initiative aims to showcase Louisiana seafood as part of a healthful recipe.

Restaurants must create a special healthy menu item using Louisiana seafood as the primary source of protein, then submit the entire recipe and information at http://www.louisianaavorite dish. The restaurant with the most votes will win $10,000 in media advertising.

Kids Dish cooking class slated Saturday

Tracey Koch and Stephanie Riegel will teach a Kids Dish cooking class from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Whole Foods Market, 7529 Corporate Blvd. The menu will feature quick, easy dishes using seasonal ingredients.

The class is open to ages 7-12 and is limited to 12 participants; registration is required. Cost is $10. Call (225) 218-0452.

Chicot park sets Dutch oven class

Chicot State Park will hold a Dutch oven cooking class 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Visitors will learn what supplies are needed and the basic techniques to cook a complete meal. Samples will be available for tasting.

Admission to the park is $1 per person. The park is six miles north of Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish on La. 3042. Call (888) 677-6100.

Whole Foods shows off football food

Whole Foods Market Baton Rouge, 7529 Corporate Blvd., will host a football food tasting from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A complimentary beer tasting also will be held from noon to 4 p.m., with the Whole Foods Market Beer Club meeting from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission for the beer club is $10 for craft beers paired with cheese.

Space is limited, but reservations can be made at (225) 218-4052.

Compiled by Advocate food staff