The culinary scene in New Orleans has never had more to offer diners, and the Friends of Lakeview took full gastronomic advantage of current trends by showcasing some of Lakeview’s finest restaurants for their cause.

The fourth annual Taste of the Lake fundraiser kicked off Saturday evening with a showing of more than 40 restaurants and vendors, most doing business within the Lakeview area. Sponsored by Banner Chevrolet and a host of community supporters that included Robért Fresh Market, Southern Eagle, Lakeview Veterinary Hospital and Lupo Enterprises, the event unfolded in a parking lot at the foot of Robert E. Lee Bouelvard and Lakeshore Drive.

This was the second date offered for the event — the original date was canceled due to weather. While Saturday night’s event was certainly not immune to periodic downpours, the party carried on, with many guests donning colorful rain gear with umbrellas firmly in hand.

Lakeview Civic Improvement Association’s President-elect Brian Anderson reminded me that “Lakeview residents are a hearty bunch and certainly not afraid of little rain.” After all, the area was devastated less than a decade ago by Hurricane Katrina.

Today, Lakeview is thriving as a neighborhood of choice for many New Orleans residents. The area initially was developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s as an idyllic location to raise a family. The neighborhood’s post-Katrina recovery period has retained developers’ early vision of a family destination.

In response to a booming housing market, Lakeview is experiencing a resurgence of dining options that were apparent during Taste of the Lake.

“We were expecting about 1,000 guests tonight, but with the rainy forecast, we’ll have some drop off,” event Chairman Glenn Stoudt said. “The funds raised tonight are targeted for Friends of Lakeview’s New Basin Canal Park Lighting Project.”

The goal is to generate enough capital to install New Orleans-style streetlamps along the green space between West End Boulevard and the Pontchartrain Expressway from Veterans Memorial Boulevard to Robert E. Lee.

If you missed Saturday’s event, you missed out on a mini-tasting tour of Lakeview. Musical offerings included an opener with the band Rock n’ Soul and an appearance by the talented Amanda Shaw. For updates and information on future events planned, visit www.friendsoflakeviewnola.org.

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