April 17, 2015
2015 Regular Session
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 34
BY REPRESENTATIVE NICK LORUSSO
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
To recognize the month of April as Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month.
WHEREAS, for more than four hundred years, fishermen have been harvesting the bounty of seafood in the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana’s inland waterways; and
WHEREAS, one out of every seventy jobs in Louisiana is related to the seafood industry, which has an economic impact of over $2.4 billion annually for the state of Louisiana; and
WHEREAS, Louisiana has over one thousand crawfish farmers and more than eight hundred commercial fishermen who catch wild crawfish; and
WHEREAS, Louisiana leads the nation, producing more than ninety percent of the domestic crop of crawfish; and
WHEREAS, the annual yield of crawfish harvested each year in Louisiana ranges from 120 million pounds to 150 million pounds, and the annual economic impact of crawfish is more than 300 million dollars; and
WHEREAS, crawfish farming in Louisiana has developed into the largest freshwater crustacean aquaculture industry in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Louisiana crawfish is most abundant during the spring, and boiled crawfish is a Cajun tradition that honors Louisiana’s Cajun French heritage; and
WHEREAS, crawfish and seafood have a strong economic and cultural role in the lives of Louisianans, and this role is typified by family owned restaurants in Louisiana, such as Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants and Seafood Market, where Louisiana’s culture of strong family and community ties combines with culinary heritage and traditions; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate to recognize the month of April as Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month to raise awareness to the importance of the crawfish industry, to recognize the fishermen of Louisiana, and to celebrate Louisiana’s Cajun French heritage.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby recognize the month of April as Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month; does hereby recognize and commend the farmers and fishermen who make this industry possible; and does hereby celebrate Louisiana crawfish as an integral part of the economy and culture of the state.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a suitable copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the owner of Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants and Seafood Market.
April 16, 2011
Tony Balluff, Clarinetist/Leader – Southside Aces Jazz Band
Cornetist – and my mentor – Charlie DeVore tells of Bucktown’s connection to Johnny Wiggs in the liner notes of our CD. Johnny Wiggs was one of Charlie’s mentors and wrote and titled several of his tunes after the various locales in the city. During Johnny’s time the lakefront in Bucktown was characterized as a place perhaps not to be caught without some degree of physical wherewithal. My memories of Bucktown begin just a handful of years ago, and are certainly much more tame. The first few times I ever went to New Orleans, my first stop was a restaurant on Lake Pontchartrain called Sidmar’s. My experience of Bucktown was of this family seafood restaurant where I could eat a huge and tasty meal and order up a locally brewed Jax beer to really remind myself that I had indeed touched down in that great city. Afterwards, patting my burgeoning belly, I would stroll out into the parking lot looking out on that huge lake, not being able to see the other side. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina left nothing much more than the foundation of one of my first favorite places.
April 15, 2011
The Story of Deanie’s Seafood
Deanie’s Seafood was established in 1961. The original owners were John and Alma (Deanie) Livacari. Initially, the business was located on Old Hammond Highway before moving to Orpheum Street and finally to Lake Avenue, where it remains today.
Sometime in the late 1970’s, the Livacari family sold Deanie’s to Joseph George and Donald Melancon. On April 26, 1982, a group of individuals led by Frank Angelo Chifici purchased Deanie’s from Mr. George and Mr. Melancon.
Frank and Barbara Chifici continued the tradition of Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown. The concept would be as simple as “Great Food, Big Portions with moderate prices”. (more…)