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Healing House: Martini’s 2018

Sep 05, 2018 03:04PM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.

The Healing House: Hope for Grieving Children recently hosted it’s 14th annual ABSOLUT® - Best Martini Competition and Gala. This wildly anticipated fundraiser pits a select group of local restaurants against each other as they battle it out for the coveted title of “Lafayette’s ABSOLUT® Best Martini.”

This year’s participating restaurants included Zea’s, Tsunami, Bon Temps Grill, Bonefish Grill, Chuy’s, Ruffino’s, Fezzo’s, and Walk On’s.

Over an eight-week period, the “Tini” Tuesday Tour visited each of the eight participating restaurants where patrons and Healing House supporters could savor this year’s signature martinis and cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award by way of tips and contributions.

At the end of the eight-week tour, Healing House supporters and competing restaurants gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette for the grand finale. Partygoers sampled martinis from all eight restaurants and cast their final votes for the Lafayette’s ABSOLUT® Best Martini – 2018, as they danced the night away and participated in live and silent auctions.

The People’s Choice Awards were determined by totaling the tipped votes received during the tour along with money collected by voting at the gala. All eight teams did incredibly well with their unique Martini creations. After the contributions were tallied, based on the amount of money raised, the People’s Choice Awards went to:

1st Walk-On’s (Summer Brees Martini)

2nd Fezzo’s (Mint to be Peachy Martini)

3rd Zea Rotisserie & Bar (Bam Bam Martini)

The Judges’ Choice Awards were selected by a panel of local community leaders in a blind taste testing session, and the winners of the Judges Choice Awards for Lafayette’s ABSOLUT Martini 2018 are

1st Chuy’s (Dreamy Margatini)     

2nd Fezzo’s (Mint to be Peachy Martini)

3rd Zea Rotisserie & Bar (Bam Bam Martini)

The Spirit Award went to Fezzo’s, who’s Martini was Peachy, and their spirit was out of this world.

All proceeds from the event benefited the Healing House: Hope for Grieving Children, a local non-profit organization that provides grief support for children dealing with the loss of a loved one. If you are interested in learning about the services offered by the Healing House or how you can volunteer or support this wonderful organization, visit or call 337.234.0443.