Press Release – A Taste of Louisiana in Old Town

8 08 2008

From a press release….

Old Town Lansing, Michigan – Perspective2 Studio and Gumbo and Jazz restaurant are pleased to announce the “Taste of Louisiana,” to be held Saturday, August 16 from 7 PM – 11 PM at P2, 319 E. Grand River in Lansing’s Old Town.  Taste of Louisiana wil feature an authentic Louisiana feast, live music from the Wess Anderson jazz quartet, dancing, and more.

Desi Anderson, a native of Louisiana and owner of Gumbo & Jazz restaurant, will provide an authentic Louisiana dinner complete with gumbo, cornbread, and traditional Louisiana fixins.  Since opening her doors in the fall of 2007, Desi has been overwhelmed with the positive reviews of her cuisine and the way the community has embraced her.  “I had always wanted my own restaurant.” said Deis.  “Greater Lansing’s response confirmed that I made the right choice and that they were ready for some great Louisiana food.”

Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson is an associate professor of jazz studies at MSU and a member of the MSU Professors of Jazz.  He is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and longtime sax player for legendary New Orleans jazz artist Wynton Marsalis’ band.  Wess, along with his jazz quartet (and special guests) will be performing at this event.  “Old Town has always had a jazz presence with the Creole Gallery and festivals,” said Wess.  “It made perfect sense to bring another great event to Old Town, complimenting the area’s rich history and cultural vibe.”

Tickets are limited to 100 people for the event, which planners anticipate selling out.  “This is going to be a wonderful event,” says Lynne Brown, owner of Perspective2.  “Gumbo and Jazz has delicious food and the music will be unforgettable.  We were receiving calls asking for tickets before they were even printed.  I look forward to more great events with Desi and Wess.”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Old Town Commercial Association, a non-profit group that facilitates socioeconomic development of Lansing’s Old Town area through the promotion of historic preservation, business recruitment and community outreach.

The cost of the event is $65 per person, $120 per couple $240 for a table of 4, and $350 for a table of 6.  Tickets include seating, a buffet meal, and entertainment for the evening.  Reservations can be made by calling 517.853.5880

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