Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lunch at Peppa Mello's + A Cajun "Go Green" Fair

When my dear daughter called and wanted to meet for lunch, I was just thrilled! We're both so busy these days, that we have to fit in these little lunches, just to get a visit in. She suggested that we go to a cool little place near the U.L. campus, where she had a class to go to in one hour. It was a lovely day, so we chose to sit on the front porch at Peppa Mello's. She ordered her favorite Seared Tuna Steak Salad and I ordered a large burger with french fries. It had been a month since I had a good burger, so I figured, what the heck! And then I noticed the "Not So Mello" Margarita Machine, and saw that these wonderful Margaritas were only $3.00 at their daily Happy Hour, from 4pm to 8pm. Perfect, after a stressful day at work. She then told me about a fundraiser that she and the Green Monkeys were organizing for the Go Green Fair that was coming up on Sunday. And of course, I wanted to go.


Go Green Fair

The Green Monkeys and Peppa Mello's Restaurant sponsored a Go Green Fair, this past Sunday, to promote the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's environmental action organization S.P.E.A.K. (S.P.E.A.K. stands for "Students for Peace, the Environment, Action and Knowledge" ) It was a beautiful warm day and there was a great turnout for this fantastic event. The goal of the Go Green Fair was to spread awareness of recycling, sustainability and environmental non-profit groups in Acadiana.

(And of course to hear some great music and have a good time!!!) Throughout the day there were tournaments played-- dodge ball, kick ball, badmitton and a green scavenger hunt and trophies and prizes were awarded. Locally owned bike shop, Recycled Cycles, donated a bicycle that was raffled off at the Fair. I bought several chances for my daughter because her bicycle was stolen right from her back yard, with a flat tire! Peppa Mello's donated 10% of their sales this day to S.P.E.A.K. And Hebert's Specialty Meats provided some great Cajun food and all the cold Abita beer you could drink for $10.00!

There were 4 fabulous bands that played throughout the day. Included in the lineup were : The Outfit (a classic rock cover band), Bonsoir Catin (a mostly female Cajun-Folkroots band), Farouche (an Irish-Cajun fusion band), and Vagabond Swing (a rock-jazz-funk band) The event was very family friendly and there were guests of all ages attending, from barely one year old to people in their 80's! It was a lot of fun and for a great cause. Maybe there is hope for the planet!

The Campaign Managers of the event were: Lauren Auverset-- Public Relations Officer for S.P.E.A.K., John Pastor-- President of The Green Monkeys, and Joe Cole-- Gen. Manager of Peppa Mello's Restaurant


Laura Martone said...

That sounds like an awesome event! Wish I could've been there, M. I love things that combine environmental awareness with great Loosiana food and music. And an Irish-Cajun band?! I gotta hear that. Those are two of my favorite styles!

Laura Martone said...

Shoot. I just realized where I was on Sunday. In Red Stick City - poop.

judi/Gmj said...

That Margarita Machine would be the death of me! I love a good margarita.

Boozy Tooth said...

Oh how fun. And absolutely everything is better with a margarita! That seared Ahi tuna salad is right up my alley. The burger? I don't eat a lot of red meat anymore, but I still dream about a good burger. Hope you enjoyed it.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

an awesome event (but I am an old hippy). Near and dear to my heart!

Joanne said...

The SPEAK motto reminds me a little bit of the 60s era. How wonderful to see the college students active like this, promoting peace and the environment. We don't see enough of this type of thing - looks like they had a great day!

John said...

Food, music, dancing, good time ......... but no mention of cold beer. How do you people live down there?

Kat said...

I have to have a good burger now and then. But that Tuna salad looks delish! Glad the "Go Green" fund raiser went well.

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

What anice afternoon to have lunch with your daughter and enjoy an adult beverage too! I'd never leave lunch and go back to work - lol!

Marguerite said...

Laura- Good to see you and thanks so much for your nice comment. That band, Farouche, is fabulous! You really need to visit Cajun Country, soon. Always something fun going on!

Judi- Went back for Happy Hour and these Margaritas were so goood, with a definite kick. Next time, I'll have one in your honor! Cheers!

Alix- Glad you're catching my drift, cher! Nothing like a good Margarita! And yes, I did enjoy that delicious Cajun burger and fries. I only eat meat once or twice a week, so I have no remorse!

Dave- Merci for your sweet comment! An old hippie? Takes one to know one, cher! I once burned my bra in protest, at an anti-war rally. :)

Joanne- You are so right about that! It is so refreshing to see the college students so active in this important movement. Their very future depends on it, and hopefully it will spread to college campuses everywhere.


oh, wow! another wonderful louisiana day of fantastic cajun everything - and a little "greening" to boot! thanks so much for sending a little piece of home my way! neat post!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I always enjoy lunches out with my daughter's. My youngest loves seared tuna, that salad would suit her just fine.

Marguerite said...

John- Omg, you're right, I forgot to include the great food and beer in the post. There certainly was plenty of both, plus that mean Margarita machine, next door. Thanks, cher!

Kat- All cest bon, girl-friend! Thanks, it was a huge success and everyone enjoyed it. Merci beaucoup for coming by!

Katherine- Our lunches are fab and I know what you mean, cher! Sometimes it's hard to go back to work and sometimes I don't. lol

Gypsy- Delighted to oblige, mon ami! Thanks for visiting, hope you have a wonderful Friday!

Elizabeth- Too bad that we don't live closer, we could all go out for some seared salmon! Wish you were here!

Vagabonde said...

The seared tuna steak salad sounds scrumptious and listening to an Irish-Cajun fusion band sounds way out!

Jo said...

Marguerite, do you know what I had for dinner tonight? Cajun chicken. It was delicious. You folks sure know good food, and you know how to have fun...!

I like your new avatar. Gorgeous!

Velva said...

Music, games and food...How can you go wrong? The Green Fair sounds awesome. A great way to spend the day...A lunch date with your daughter...priceless.

Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

What a worthy event. I love that your daughter is involved in this type of program. Isn't it wonderful that our children are determined to do things green? I love that.

I could relate to the stolen bike issue - both of my daughters lost bikes while in college. In the Pacific Northwest there was/is? actually an organized gang that steals bikes, chops them up and resells them. Bikes are not safe anywhere on the college campuses. Geeze

Mandy said...

Wow, what a great cause. And sounds (looks) like great fun too. I miss having lunches with my mom. Be thankful you two can do that.

P.s. - I made those pralines but they didn't turn out so well. Only 10 out of 50 stuck together. It was my fault though, not the recipe. They just didn't stick so I think I didn't cook it long enough or let the consistency form. Oh well, the ten that did turn out okay tasted really good!

Irish Gumbo said...

Beer, food and Irish-Cajun fusion have it all, and I'm jealous!

Guess I'll have to get serious about forming my own Celtic funk band, start grillin' some stuff :)

Marguerite said...

Vagabonde- So good to hear from you! I love salmon, too but grilled medium well, not rare. And that Cajun-Irish band really rocked!

Jo- So glad you enjoyed some Cajun cuisine. It is the best, if I say so myself. Thanks for the sweet compliment and for coming by!

Velva- You're welcome, cher! Always my pleasure to share the good times with you. It was a lot of fun! I tried your Pomegranate drink and it was fabulous. Cheers!

Nancy- It is wonderful that they care enough to want to save the planet! Hopefully, this generation will be the one to do it! Merci for visiting, cher!

Mandy- I am so thankful that we can! She lived in California for two years and I missed her so much! So sorry about the praline fiasco! I am going to make them tomorrow and will let you know how they turned out.

Irish- Great to see you! The mere mention of an Irish band seems to have caught your eye! I think that's a great idea for you to start your own band! Go for it, cher!