June 2017 Print

News to Know

10 summer dining deals in nola

Written by Courtney Dubbin

With the Summer heat upon us, NOLA restaurants are gearing up for the slow season with some Summer deals to keep customers coming through the door.  Here are 10 deals around the city to check out:

Arnaud's Remoulade

Each day there is a featured cocktail or local beer for $3-$4.


On Tuesday this cool eatery extends its daily happy hour from 3pm-7pm. Happy hour menu includes $5 tapas, $3 cans of beer and half-priced wine, cocktails and draft beer.

Cafe B

Monday through Friday starting at 8pm Cafe B features Summer tiki specials. Order two tiki drinks and a "island" snack for $15. 

Carrollton Market

Every Wednesday, between June 28-July 10 Carrollton Market has a family-style, three-course dinner for $30 and $10 for kids.


Emeril's is offering a three-course Summer dinner menu for $40.

Emeril's Delmonico

Delmonico is offering a three-course Summer dinner menu for $45.


$5 special that include a biscuit sandwich, a half waffle with egg or fruit, a cheese quesadilla or a jalapeno cornbread bowl.


During the week this Summer this Uptown bistro will offer a different special each night. From a burger and beer for $19 on Monday nights to a three course dinner special for $29 on Thursday nights. 


Pair one of the resturant's many offerings with a $4 glass of sparkling cava. 

Resturant R'Evolution

Five-course prix fixe dinner for $55. The menu is availble through August. 

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Member News & Recognition


We are pleased to welcome the following new members to our Gulf States Chapter as of May 2017:

Peter Kaiser, PSAV


As a member of MPI you will have the opportunity to connect with all 18,500 members around the world through the exclusive member benefit "MyMPI", our online member community.

Join at www.mpiweb.org/join and use FacebookMPIin2016 before 10/31 to save $50.


Your local MPI Chapter is looking to fill two committee positions.  If you are interested in either of these positions or would like additional information please contact Tammy Syock tammy.syock@us.kuoni.com

MarCom Coordinator: this committee member assists our VP of Education with marketing and communication prior to each education program (6 annually) by creating fun and exciting blasts and event descriptions; acts as the liaison between Communications and Education teams and helps to determine new ways to market our education programs. Estimated time commitment: 2-5 hours per program.

Networking Activity Coordinator: this committee member assists the Monthly Program Chair by planning and overseeing special activities during the networking period at each education program (6 annually). Previous examples of networking activities: ice-breaker quizzes, head-shot station, CSR activities, raffles, etc. Estimated time commitment: 2-5 hours per program.





Congratulations to all of our 2017 Award Recipients!


Vera Faucheux      Award of Excellence-Volunteer Leadership 

"This year's winner is someone who has shined all year as a hard worker, dedicated member and has consistently given us her all. She is frequently seen as the first person to arrive and the last person to leave. She never leaves her team behind and always does it with a smile."

Jenny Rozas      Chapter Rising Star

 "This award, like others, is peer nominated by the membership. It was created to encourage and reward exceptional accomplishments with chapter support and involvement. The Chapter rising start always finds solutions, inspires those around them and strives for nothing but the best. This year's winner exemplifies all of the qualities to a T."   

Cindy Hayes, CMP, DCMP      Trail Blazer Award

"This year's recipient has quietly shaped and defined a major pillar of our chapter.  She consistently shares her words of wisdom. She tells us what we need to hear, even when we aren't her best audience. As an industry veteran, she has served as a mentor to many. This year, she led the charge and allowed our chapter to become accredited with the CIC and has ensured we have kept education opportunities at the forefront. We wouldn't be where we are today without this person leading the way and holding out hands as we moved into uncharted territories." 

Holly-Anne Palmer, with Happy Hour Entertainment        Sponsor of the Year Award

"This year's sponsor of the year received an overwhelming amount of support. This sponsor upped our game at one of our signature events.  She challenged our status quo and brought something to us that we have never had before. Her enthusiasm for life is down right contagious. She is an advocate for MPI and this industry."

Valerie Landry      Award of Excellence-Member of The Year

"This year's winner is someone who is very special. When you mention her name to anyone, they immediately smile. This member is seen at every event for the chapter and throughout the city. She gives back at our chapter at every turn. She is always passing along words of encouragement and positive thoughts. She is the first person to offer help. When she gets wind that anyone needs anything she puts her hand up first and then asks what else she can do. You see her mentoring young event professionals. She ensures that everyone around her is lifted up. This spirit, this selfless person, is very deserving to be called our Member of the Year."

Lisa Larsen      The President's  Award

"This year the person receiving this award probably doesn't even see it coming. She is that humble. In her three years of membership, she has taken us by storm. This person has been a game changer since she joined the chapter and over this past year she moved mountains and made miracles happen. There really isn't a time I can think of that she wasn't giving her all in everything she does. She is someone I respect, someone I look up to and someone I have been very honored to serve alongside this year. She is the type of person that works hard and makes you want to work hard right alongside her. Her list of accomplishments are a mile long. She has the best attitude, she is smart and her approach is always gentle."

If you have any member shout-outs you’d like to add to our next newsletter, email courtneydubbin@livenation.com

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MPI Gulf States Past Events

April 2017 – Networking event 

Mingle Under the Oaks at Audubon Nature Institute



May-Lunch & Learn

New Orleans BioInnovation Center



For more pictures from past MPI Gulf States events, visit our photo gallery.


Make sure to register for our July 19th chapter event. More details under "Upcoming Chapter Events" Section here.

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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

sponsership & advertising 

Do Business with MPI

-20th anniversary video project.


Click HERE to review the sponsorship and advertising opportunities, and feel free to contact us at any time for more information.

Our Chapter Sponsorship & Advertising Packet includes information about how you can partner with us in 2016 to promote your brand and showcase your business to more than 170 MPI Gulf States members. As you may know, our chapter has been recognized globally out of more than 70 chapters worldwide in being No. 1 for Chapter Leadership, No. 2 for Chapter Education and No. 3 for Overall Chapter Engagement. There’s no better time for you to get involved and extend your reach to planners and suppliers in the entire Gulf States region. 



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Upcoming Events


July 19, 2017
Cheers to our Members! 
DrinkLab NOLA
5 p.m.

Sip, Sip, Hooray! We want to celebrate our members and show you our appreciation for your continued involvement. Join your MPI colleagues for a cocktail experience like no other. We will be guided through a curating experience led by a master mixologist and 12 lucky attendees will get to stand behind the bar and mix away. The rest of us will get to taste the special creations, so you're in for a good time either way. 



June 30-July 2nd
Essence Festival

Some 2017 headlinders include Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance the Rapper, Solange, John Legend and many more...

July 4th
Go Fourth on the River

Enjoy the dueling barges fireworks display at Go 4th on teh River. You can view the unique firework dispaly shooting from two barges to the tune of patriotic music over the Mississippi River.  Show beings at 9pm.

July 18-23rd
Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail brings together the most respected talents in the mixology world for six days of special events throughout the city. With a jam-packed schedule of seminars, tastings, and special events, there's something for every spirits enthusiast at this world-renonwed festival of cocktails, cuisine, and culture. 


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Our Partners


We are pleased to call Pat Garin the Gulf States Chapter’s official photographer, Event Rental our official Rental Sponsor, and PSAV our official Audio/Visual Sponsor! Many thanks to these companies for your contribution to our success!


Launched by the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GMOHLA) in May 2016, Feed the Need NOLA was created to provide meals to those in need for people in the Greater New Orleans community. In today’s economic uncertainty, shelters across the country are feeling the financial burden of keeping their doors open. Feed the Need NOLA has partnered up with local shelters such as the New Orleans Mission and St. Jude Community Center to help bring approximately 200 meals per week to tables across the city; saving the shelters an estimated $50,000, annually. Each week, Feed the Need NOLA will partner up with a different hotel or local business to prepare, deliver and serve meals to those in need. Feed the Need NOLA provides a wonderful opportunity for locals in the hospitality industry to help give back to their community in a big way while helping save thousands of dollars for the local non-profits.

"Many families are struggling to make ends meet and programs such as Feed the Need NOLA will go a long way in making a difference" said David Teich, Windsor Court Hotel General Manager and GNOHLA Board President. Other current GNOHLA programs include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, scholarships, the Tourism Tee Off Golf Tournament and the Education Foundation.

For more information about Feed the Need NOLA, visit www.gnohla.com/feedtheneednola.html contact Mavis Early at 504-525-2264 or David Teich at 504-596-4780.

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