Celebrating Cajun culture

March 1, 2019

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is getting in the Mardis Gras spirit with its third annual Cajun Night dinner and dance fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 107 S. Harrison St.

Returning for the celebration are Chef Barry Sherlock, who will cook up some authentic Cajun food for the event, and his wife Julie, who will handle the dance portion of the evening. The couple are providing food and dance at Cajun Night for the third year.

The event will include a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., with a cash bar and creole appetizers in LACA’s main gallery. The dinner will feature Barry’s creole culinary offerings, which will include vegan options. Following dinner, festivities will shift to LACA’s newly renovated performance hall for an evening of live Cajun music and dance instruction by Julie, as well as drinks and desserts.

Barry said he’s excited about being part of the event again, noting that there are some new food items on the menu, including shrimp and crawfish shipped directly from Louisiana.

“The Boudin balls were a hit last year,” he said.

Barry is also making a relish tray with pickled okra. Other items on the menu include cajun caviar, rice and beans, bread budding and king cake bites.

The arts center has undergone renovations to its performance hall, where the event will take place, including new seating, an upgraded soundsystem and redecoration.

LACA Operations Manager Andrew Skinner said he’s excited to have an opportunity to present the new multi-functional space to the public.

“This will be the first time we get to show off how versatile the performance hall can now be,” Skinner said. “The removal of the pews from the hall will allow for Cajun night attendees to have plenty of room to dance and or mingle at various tables throughout the room.”


LACA Cajun Night dinner and dance fundraiser tickets are $65 per person for LACA members and $75 per person for non-members. Tickets can be purchased by emailing info@ludingtonartscenter.org, at the LACA office 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington, or by calling (231) 845-2787.

All proceeds go toward promoting the arts in the Ludington area and to funding future programming at the arts center.

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