Monday, September 25, 2017

Fox Talks – Meal Steals for the College Student

Written by Fox Faircloth, Administrative Assistant 


If you were to spend any amount of time with me, you’d come to realize one thing very quickly – I appreciate good food, and I love to eat! Luckily, Ruston offers many local eateries that make this hobby of mine very easy to pursue.

In our Meal Steals post, we’re highlighting restaurants with big Louisiana flavors and Southern tastes. These Ruston hotspots give us students the opportunity to enjoy a night out with friends and family, without breaking the bank.

I highly encourage you to check out these local establishments. You won’t be disappointed, and you’re sure to see me there!  

Dawg House is a sports bar and grill that offers a diverse menu that’s sure to please! They provide students with two different meal deals. On Mondays, Dawg House offers all-you-can-eat boneless wings for just $15. On Tuesdays, all entrées are buy one, get one half-off. With so many delicious choices available, the Dawg House Sports Grill makes supporting our Ruston locals easy, affordable, and enjoyable!


Wings at Dawghouse
Portico
Two-for-one burgers are a Wednesday tradition for students in Ruston! The Portico Bar and Grill offers the Portico Burger, an Angus burger with fresh tomato, lettuce, red onion, pickle, mustard, and mayo atop a brioche bun – a local favorite. Customers are required to dine in and bring a burger buddy for this deal to apply, so grab a friend and bring them along on your next night out at the Portico Bar and Grill!


2-for1- burgers at Portico
Scott’s
On Tuesdays, we go to Scott’s! With their casual atmosphere and friendly staff, Scott’s Catfish of Ruston provides customers with a deal that can’t be beat – two burgers with any side for only $10. Their offer begins at 2 p.m. and goes until closing, allowing students to enjoy this meal for a late lunch, dinner, or any time in between.

Ponchatoulas is a Ruston staple that offers patrons budget-friendly choices through their weekly happy hour specials, a spread found on the late-night menu. With different deals every weeknight, the happy hour specials begin at 9 p.m. and end at 1:30 a.m. Whether you’re enjoying a $3 hand-battered pickle basket or the 2-for-1 cheese fries, you’re sure to enjoy these snacks that are as delicious as they are affordable.  


Cheese fries at Ponchatoulas

Tech Express/Tiger1 Card
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to use your Tech Express or Tiger1 Card to enjoy all that Ruston has to offer! The following is a list of restaurants that cater to university students:

·         Brister’s Smokehouse BBQ
·         Cheeburger Cheeburger
·         China Wok
·         Cultured and Caffeinated
·         Eskamoe’s Frozen Custard & More
·         Flying Burger and Seafood
·         Log Cabin
·         Parish Press
·         Ponchatoulas
·         Portico
·         Rosemary’s Kitchen
·         Teriyaki Grill

For a more detailed list of restaurants, please check out the links below!
          Louisiana Tech University: https://goo.gl/uPVkos
          Grambling State University: https://goo.gl/LfjUhp

Let us know how you enjoy these local hotspots! Make sure to snap a picture and post it on social media with the hashtag #RustonEats. 


Fox is a Texas native who proudly claims Ruston, LA as her home. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at Louisiana Tech University. Fox is an avid queso-eater and outdoor adventurer. As an administrative assistant for the CVB, she enjoys interacting with locals and visitors alike, all while sharing her love for #RustonLA. Fox oversees the CVB’s online calendar of events, visitor information and newsletter requests. She can be contacted for online event submissions.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fox Talks - Choosing Ruston & LA Tech

Written by Fox Faircloth, Administrative Assistant 

There is a familiar saying that states “home is where the heart is.” If this is so, then I have found my home here in Ruston, Louisiana.

My name is Fox Faircloth, and I was born and raised in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. I am entering my sophomore year at Louisiana Tech University and basing my studies in the College of Business. I am often asked how and why I chose this quaint Louisiana town as my sanctuary for the next four years — “Wow, you’re so far from home and your family! Wait, you spend your summers here, too?”

I don’t mind the inquiries. For me, the answers to these questions are quite simple.

I found myself in Ruston near the end of my junior year of high school, touring the Louisiana Tech campus over spring break. My first real impression of Ruston was given through my admissions recruiter for Tech, a woman named Leslie, who has become one of my dearest friends. Leslie embodies the kindness and hospitality that is common to the people of Ruston. Through her hard work and dedication, I absolutely fell in love with Louisiana Tech.

There was a deciding moment during my time touring Tech’s campus that proved to me the character of the university. While sitting in on a class in the College of Business, I received an upsetting phone call. After exiting the classroom, I found a stairwell in which to continue my conversation. The call ended poorly, and I stayed in the stairwell, attempting to collect myself. A student walked by, glancing in my direction. I averted my eyes, embarrassed. As I walked toward the exit door to meet Leslie for our next activity, it began pouring rain. Without an umbrella or rain jacket, I felt defeated.

A few minutes passed as I stared outside, wondering what to do. A truck pulled up to the curb outside and a student jumped out. He ran up the sidewalk and opened the door to the stairwell. I was surprised to see it was the student who had passed earlier and shocked when he turned and offered me an umbrella. As I took it he said, “You looked like you could use this,” turned around, and walked back into the rain.

I never got the opportunity to thank that student, and I never found out who it was. That small act of kindness was what sold me on Louisiana Tech. If Ruston was a place full of people like that, that was where I wanted to be.

I’m okay with being six hours from home because I have a support system here, built on the love of the Louisiana Tech family. I chose to be a part of this community because when I’m here, I feel like I’m home. I spend my summers in Ruston because any time I’m not, I’m wishing I was.

These people, and this town, have my heart. Never before have I experienced such kindness, or felt so welcomed, loved, and appreciated, by a group of strangers. I was incredibly blessed to join the team here at the CVB. I’ve been given the opportunity to express my love for Ruston with locals and visitors alike, sharing the joys of living in this small town I call home.

I’m writing here to share those joys with all of you. I hope that you will join me on this journey as I continue my time at Tech and in this wonderful little town of Ruston, Louisiana. I’d love if you would share this post with friends and family alike. Until next time, my friends!




Fox is a Texas native who proudly claims Ruston, LA as her home. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at Louisiana Tech University. Fox is an avid queso-eater and outdoor adventurer. As an administrative assistant for the CVB, she enjoys interacting with locals and visitors alike, all while sharing her love for #RustonLA. Fox oversees the CVB’s online calendar of events, visitor information and newsletter requests. She can be contacted for online event submissions.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Eddie Robinson Classic!

Written by: Derek J. Amaya, Guest Blogger 


Photo via facebook.com/egrobinsonclassic

Former Grambling State University football coach Eddie G. Robinson embodies everything there is to know about North Louisiana football.

The late coach is one of the winningest head football coaches at all levels of football, but that is just a fraction of what he accomplished during his tenure at GSU. Robinson led countless football players, who may not have otherwise received the opportunity, to greatness whether it was on or off the field. He took hundreds, maybe even thousands of young boys from high school, and turned them men or even “gladiators” of the gridiron.

Photo via facebook.com/egrobinsonclassic

Robinson’s legacy and dream will be on full-display Saturday during the Eddie Robinson High School Football Classic jamboree Saturday at the newly renovated Eddie Robinson Stadium on GSU’s campus. The hometown Lincoln Preparatory School Panthers will look to kick things off with a bang against the Ferriday Trojans at 2 p.m. followed by Northwest Raiders against Rayville Hornets at 4 p.m., Calvary Baptist Cavaliers vs. Oak Grove Tigers at 6 p.m. and the nearby Union Parish Farmers will look to finish things off with West Ouachita Chiefs at 8 p.m.

Fans can purchase $10 all day access passes today by purchasing them form All Participating Schools or $15 day of the game at the Fred G. Hobdy Assembly Center on GSU campus. Hundreds of fans from across the area will flock to support their teams during a fun filled day in Grambling.

Photo via facebook.com/egrobinsonclassic

Included with the Classic will be an appearances from the High Stepping Hunington High School Marching Band and Louisiana All-Star Unity Band, a pregame promotion filled with Raising Canes prizes, an X-Treme PH Sports Waters Halftime Skill Challenge, a Youth Football Exhibition Game and a Post Game Trophies ceremony presented by #GotStrong
But for parents, guardians, fans or supporters coming in town for the jamboree games, one of the most important things to do is taking in everything GSU has to offer.

Robinson’s goal was to bring top tier athletes into one of the most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation to give them an opportunity to succeed.

Robinson envisioned a thriving campus that found a balance toward academics and athletics, a vital part of student life. Having potential future Tigers on the campus Robinson helped build would make all the difference to his legacy.

Photo via Facebook.com/GramblingFootballFans/

Robinson would have loved watching hundreds of high school students walking on campus and then duking it out on the newly $2.5 million renovated stadium for a chance to show greatness.

That is was makes the Robinson Football Classic one of the best kick off high school athletics events in the state.





Derek J. Amaya grew up a proud Southern gentleman in Metairie. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University and works for the Ruston Daily Leader. He loves the finer things like waiting for the Kansas City Southern train to pass when he has to be somewhere, Tech parking tickets and voicemails. Follow Derek on Twitter at @DerekAmaya or on Facebook.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Peach Restaurant Week



Foodies unite and get ready to celebrate Ruston’s culinary scene Louisiana Peach Fest style!

Visit participating restaurants June 19-25 to enjoy new and unique menu items made with fresh peaches and exclusive to Peach Restaurant Week! 

Remember to share your experience with #RustonEats!

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Entrees
Available June 22 only.  
Prosciutto Wrapped Peach Salad from Social Bites – $9.99
Bed of arugula topped with prosciutto wrapped peaches, goat cheese, mint, soft boiled egg and balsamic glaze.

Available June 22-24 only. 
Peach-O de Gallo Burger from Sundown Tavern – $8
Classic 6oz. Sundown burger topped with peach pico de gallo.

Available June 24 only. 
Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Peach Pineapple Salsa from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $15
Grilled shrimp on flour tortillas topped with peach pineapple salsa and served with spicy black beans and Mexi-corn.

Peach Bourbon Chicken from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $13
Bourbon chicken topped with peach and served with rosemary garlic mashed potatoes and baked beans.

Peach Chipotle Chicken Club Panini from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $12
Shredded chicken in sweet and spicy peach chipotle sauce with provolone cheese, peppered bacon, served with fiesta ranch pasta salad.

Spinach & Peach Salad from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $11

Spinach salad topped with fresh peach slices, candied pecans and feta cheese.

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Desserts 
Peach Bread Pudding Foster from Log Cabin – $6.99 
Homemade white chocolate peach bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream and peach foster sauce.

Peach Crème Brûlée from Beau Vines Steakhouse – $6.99 
Beau Vine’s signature Crème Brûlée lined with fresh peaches.

Missy’s Knock Your Schnapps Off Peach Bread Pudding from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $4 
Delicious bread pudding made with a peach schnapps twist.

Peach Pie from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $5 
Homemade peach pie made with fresh peaches and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Peach Pistachio Ricotta Cheesecake Tartlet from Social Bites - $2.75 
Pastry crust with ricotta cheesecake filling topped with fresh peaches and pistachios.

Roasted Peaches Ice Cream from Social Bites - $3 
Soft serve ice cream served with roasted peaches and topped with local granola and Jennings Apiaries honey. 


Peach Cobbler from Roma Italian Bistro - $5
Classic dessert made with peaches and topped with cobbler crust.

Available June 23-24 only. 
Peach Bread Pudding from Ponchatoulas – $4.99 
Homemade white chocolate peach bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream.


Peach Cobbler from Ponchatoulas – $4.99 
Sweet peaches baked with a crispy crumb cobbler crust topped with vanilla ice cream.

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Drinks & Cocktails 
Iced Peach Nitro from Railway Coffee – 12oz $4.50/16oz $5
Nitro cold brew combined with peach punch and almond milk.

Peach Sweet Tea from  Newk’s Eatery – $2.39 

Refreshing sweet tea infused with peach syrup, available in 32oz signature Newk’s cup.

Peach Slice Plus Smoothie from Smoothie King - $4 
Smoothie blended with peaches, strawberries, papaya juice, non-fat milk and turbinado.

Hot Peach Tea from Parish Press - $2.50 
Brewed on demand with dried peaches. Available iced.

Peach Milkshake from Cheeburger Cheeburger – Small $4/Large $5 
Hand-dipped vanilla ice cream mixed with local peach from Mitcham Farm.

Peach Daiquiri from Ponchatoulas – $8 
Island Oasis peach blend made with real peach puree and peach flavors mixed with rum.

Peach Margaritas from Ponchatoulas – $9 

Margarita full of peach flavors, juices and Corralejo Tequila.

Ruston Peach Old Fashioned from Beau Vines Steakhouse – $8 

Classic old fashioned made with Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey.

Peach Daiquiri from Sundown Tavern – $8 
Fresh peach puree mixed with rum. 


Peach Margarita from Roma Italian Bistro - $6

Peach flavored margarita made on the rocks or available frozen.

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Brunch – Available June 25 only. 
Peaches & Cream French Toast from Beau Vines Steakhouse – $9.99 
Texas toast dipped in crème brûlée batter, topped with fresh peaches, whipped cream and served with hash browns and sausage.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Your Guide to Get Groovy: Peach Festival 2017

Written by: Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant


This year is Ruston's 67th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival and we are counting down the days! It will be a jam-packed weekend with plenty of peachy treats to try, things to do and activities for the whole family! "Give Peach a Chance" June 23 & 24 in Downtown Ruston! 


Photo via Tim Mueller

WHAT'S NEW
Peach Restaurant Week Local restaurants will be serving up specialty dishes, desserts and cocktails....all made with fresh peaches! To get a full list of participating restaurants and their menu item, click here!

Dino Dig Dinosaurs are back and at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, but this time kiddos can spend time in Dino Land digging up REAL fossils!


GET GROOVY
The headliners for this year are ready to rock and roll! Party through the decades with The Chee Weez on Friday night then "Drift Away" with Uncle Kracker on Saturday! See below for the full Peach Festival music lineup! 

Friday, June 23rd
6 p.m. Bethany Raybourn
Indie, Americana, Alt-Country
7 p.m. Katalyst 
Pop, Rock, Blues Cover Band 
8:30 p.m. Grant Terry
Acoustic, Pop, Rock
10 p.m. The Chee Weez 
70's, 80's, 90's Cover Band 

Saturday, June 24th 
11 a.m. Piney Hills Harmony Chorus
6 p.m. Zach O'Neil
Country 
7 p.m. Beaux Atkins with Monty Russell
Southern Music 
8:30 p.m. Kendal Conrad
Country 
10 p.m. Uncle Kracker
Rock, Pop, Country, Soul 


RETURNING FAVORITES

Peach Art Exhibit Happy 30th Anniversary to the Peach Art Exhibit hosted by North Central Louisiana Art Council (NCLAC)! Come check out all the unique pieces done by talented artist in our area! 
Friday & Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center


Arts & Crafts Show Browse over 150 vendors filled with unique hand-made arts and crafts items! Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center and Lincoln Parish Library Events Center

Rodeo Rope 'em and ride 'em! Don't miss the cowboys and cowgirls at this year’s rodeo!
Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. at the North LA Exhibition Center

5K Color Run Get your morning started off on the right foot! Run through Ruston and LA Tech's Campus in color on Saturday morning! Click here to register!
Saturday, 7 a.m. at the Ruston High School Football Field 

Antique Car Show Make sure to get a good look at these classic cars! 
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Bancorp South parking lot

Lawrence Gibbs & The Russ-Town Band Take a break from the festival heat and join Lawrence Gibbs & The Russ Town Band as they perform in the historic Dixie Theatre!
Saturday, 2 p.m. the Dixie Center for the Arts

Peach Cobbler Gobbler Contest Watch as 10 contestants gobble as fast as they can on peach cobbler for a chance to win $1,000! Prepare to be entertained! 
Saturday, 8 p.m. in Railroad Park

Bass Tournament Go bass fishing for prizes on one of Louisiana's bass trail lakes! Click here to enter!
Saturday, 8 p.m. at Lake D'Arbonne 

REMINDERS 
Get the full experience! Click here for a complete list of events.
Cash and credit/debit cards will be accept and an ATM on site.
Parking is free in and around Downtown Ruston.
Share your photos using #RustonLA and #LAPeachFest!

Admission: 
Friday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Free 
Friday 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. -  $10
Saturday - $10
Weekend pass - $15
Children 8 and under admitted free

Staying overnight? Find a list of hotels/motels here








Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. Original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! 




Friday, May 26, 2017

Molly Meets Ruston: Lincoln Parish Park

Written by: Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant 

Summer is here! This means it's time to spend some time outdoors! I get an itch to get outside every day the sun is out, especially during the summertime! I recently discovered Ruston's Lincoln Parish Park and let me tell you - I am in love!

And since then, I have been back multiple times! I have a very good feeling I will be spending many of my warm weather days out there, especially at the beach! Lincoln Parish Park is absolutely beautiful and there is so much to do for both locals and travelers alike! 

Look how steep this hill is! 




Getting outside and being active is one of my favorite things to do, it's very refreshing and there is just something that is humbling about nature! At Lincoln Parish Park you have so many choices to get outside and be active! Lincoln Parish Park is known for its mountain bike trails, it's actually rated the number one mountain bike trail in the South!! Unfortunately - the only bike I own is a beach bike, so it would not survive these trails! But, if you have a good bike head out to the park because there are so many trails for all levels of riders - beginner to advance. Load up your bike and go for a spin in Ruston at Lincoln Parish Park! There is one hill on the bike trail that is so steep it's shocking - you will have to see this... or try it for yourself! 







But, for those like me, who enjoy running or walking you will absolutely love the paved trail that goes all the way around the lake. It is such a peaceful setting to get out and exercise! I have been out here to run for myself and even to walk my puppy dog! Along my walks and runs the scenery included campsites, wildlife and sometimes I even come across a friendly fisherman or two! There are also a lot of races hosted at the park. I have participated in a few and recently placed in the female division of the Railroad Fest 5K! (Who knew?)



While my husband and I spent an afternoon with our rebellious chocolate lab out at the park we also did a lot of relaxing at one of the piers on the lake! These piers are a perfect place to truly enjoy the lake, bring along a picnic or even sunbathe! Our dog, Maverick, had more fun than we did, even though he was a little disappointed he couldn't jump in and chase the ducks! If you like to be out in the sun relaxing you will love the beach and the piers. 





While exploring Lincoln Parish Park I also realized there are so many fascinating trees to learn about, yes there are more than just Pine Trees in the nature of North Louisiana! The park has an entire tree trail you can follow and read about all the different trees out at Lincoln Parish Park. We followed the trail and it was very, very cool! There are so many things to do and see at Lincoln Parish Park for all walks of people! Go camping (rough it with a tent or bring your RV!), fish out on the lake, cook with their grills and picnic tables, and of course explore, explore, explore! Head to Lincoln Parish Park - don't miss out on the hidden gem of #RustonLA!






Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. Original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA!