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A Taste of Covington 2021: A Month of Vintner Dinners!

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A Taste of Covington is an annual food, wine, music and art event in Historic Downtown Covington, Louisiana welcoming visitors from near and far. We hope you will join us this year and “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

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Tuesdays through Fridays, 1 Month of Vintner Dinners in June 2021
Saturday, June 19th – Festa del Vino
Saturday, June 26th – A Grand Wine Tasting
Sunday, June 27th – Champagne Jazz Brunch

Visit atasteofcovington.com to purchase tickets.

Vintner Dinner Lineup

Be seduced with a 4 or more course dinner with wines paired for each course.
Pricing varies per restaurant with limited seating.

Tuesdays through Fridays For the Month of June – 6:30pm Icebreaker with 7:00pm Seating
Vintner Dinners (by Reservation)

June 1 – Tuesday – Seiler Bar
June 2 – Wednesday – Delporto
June 2 – Wednesday – Desi Vega’s Steak House
June 3 – Thursday – Ox Lot 9
June 9 – Wednesday – Gallagher’s Grill
June 9 – Wednesday – Marcello’s Covington
June 10 – Thursday – Dakota
June 16 – Wednesday – Half Shell Oyster House
June 17 – Thursday – Pyre Provisions
June 18 – Friday – Annadele’s Plantation
June 24 – Thursday – Forks and Corks

Visit A Taste of Covington online for tickets and sponsorship information.

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A Taste of Covington 2020 – Fine Dining Throughout October

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The line-up has been posted for upcoming A Taste of Covington events including Vintner Dinners at local restaurants throughout the month of October. This is the 9th annual food, wine, music & art extravaganza hosted by A Taste of Covington, the Covington Business Association and several local sponsors.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights during October, A Taste of Covington and the Covington Business Association present Vintner Dinners by top chefs at local restaurants! Check out the 2020 line up below and click to get more information on times, menus, pairings and prices. By reservation only.

October 7 – Wednesday – Annadele’s Plantation
October 14th – Wednesday – Delporto Ristorante
October 15th – Thursday – Gallagher’s Grill
October 21st – Wednesday – Seiler Bar
October 22nd – Thursday – Pyre Provisions
October 28th – Wednesday – Dakota
October 28th – Wednesday – Half Shell Oyster House
October 29th – Thursday – Meribo

More upcoming events for A Taste of Covington include the Festa del Vino Friday, October 23rd at the St. Tammany Art Association, the Grand Tasting at Bogue Falaya Park Saturday October 24th and Annadele’s Plantation Brunch on Sunday October 25th. Visit www.atasteofcovington.com to learn more and reserve your tickets today!

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Spring For Art 2017 & More This Saturday

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One of Downtown Covington’s busiest weeks is here, a jam packed kick off to Spring 2017:  the St. Tammany Art Association’s “Spring For Art” on Saturday evening, the Covington Business Association’s “A Taste of Covington” throughout the week, Harvey Jesus & Fire at the first Rockin’ the Rails Trailhead Concert on Thursday, plus a Home Tour to benefit STAA on Sunday evening.
In conjunction with Spring for Art, the St Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition, “I should have called her Virga”, opening Saturday, April 8, 2017 with a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The exhibition will run to Saturday May 20, 2017.

Artist and drawing instructor, Inga Clough Falterman, will present work that will include large scale representational and metaphorical landscape drawings, nearly five feet in dimension, as well as smaller pieces. The primary medium of the drawings is charcoal, with pieces in other mediums including sewn elements and sculptural pieces.
In the artist’s words, “The idea of keeping and hoping are tangled and so become the bedrock of my work. The propensity for keeping all things that change the same is not an uncommon conflict in human nature. The question of what it is we can keep at all is more personal, and the work suggested for the exhibition “I should have named her Virga,” provokes the viewer to consider priorities, gains, and losses, and examine the emotional and/or intellectual value of those aspects of life.
Gallery Talk and Connection Series  Save the date for Gallery Talk with Inga on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m.  Join this amazing artist as she shares about her creative process, her techniques, and more!
This exhibition’s Connection Series will feature a concert by The Ben Redwine Trio.  The concert, which is inspired by Inga Clough Falterman’s exhibition, will be Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.    sttammanyartassociation.org

“Virga is a meteorological event where rain falls from high altitude but never reaches the ground. Its evanescence is what gives it an ephemeral beauty that defines its existence. Although virga is obviously a part of that elementary water cycle so clearly depicted in our early earth science textbooks, it doesn’t quite fit the linear equation of water evaporating from lakes and oceans and then falling to earth again as rain to form streams and rivers to fill lakes and oceans to once again evaporate. Pilots are warned to steer clear of virga, and to keep a sharp lookout for its existence around them. Virga may preclude sudden microbursts, sudden and violent downdrafts of air that are potentially extremely damaging and can be storms within a storm, at times.
At least we can see virga. The observation is dear to me. I have seen this upper atmosphere mist often over the great plains at the foot of the Great Divide, and it is a quiet and small wonder in the vastness of our sky. The work for ‘I should have named her Virga’ therefore is not to propose a morose or pessimistic view of the inability to call anything our own, but more of a celebration in acknowledging the intangibility of dreams and wishes which we will continue to strive to make manifest.”  Inga Clough Falterman

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Coffee With Mayor Cooper Recap

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Mayor Cooper Highlights 2017 City Events

Wednesday was a beautiful morning for Coffee With Mayor Cooper at the Covington Trailhead Museum. The room was packed, and Mayor Cooper discussed some of the upcoming events in 2017.
The Lions Club Parade, Covington’s family oriented day parade, is getting an upgrade.  Patrick McKnight, the Covington Lions Club Chairman, invites participants to the 58th Annual Mardi Gras Day Parade!  This year’s theme is “Playtime.”  The 2017 Covington Lions Club Honorary Grand Marshall is Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, and you could be right there along with him.
After the parade, be sure to catch the merriment at the Covington Trailhead with an awards ceremony for the floats and antique cars.  Music, food and fun await at Carnival in Covington 2017, a family Fat Tuesday tradition.  To pick up an application, or for more information, contact Kirstie at the Department of Cultural Arts, phone number 985-892-1873.  The Krewe of Olympia parade  rolls on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
The Mayor mentioned a couple of March events, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11, presented by the Covington Celtic Club and ending near Jewel’s Cigar & Briar.  Also happening in March is the Youth Service Bureau annual fundraiser, Chef Soiree.  This event will again take place at the Covington Trailhead with some of the best restaurants on the Northshore participating.
April brings some of Downtown’s most popular events, with the return of Rockin’ the Rails (Line up will be posted as soon as it’s finalized by the City!), St. Tammany Art Association’s Spring For Art, and of course, A Taste of Covington, both taking place the second week/weekend of April!  The Covington Heritage Foundation Antiques Festival returns the third weekend of April also, and the OnStage at the Fuhrmann series continues through 2017.
Mayor Cooper turned the floor over to Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz with regard to the Police’s Department’s award from the Metropolitan Crime Commission.  The MCC awarded the Department the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award in recognition of Operation Angel, a drug abatement and crime prevention initiative.  The award was received January 24, 2017.  Chief Lentz noted that over 100 people have been helped by the program, and crime is down %14 overall for 2016.

Mayor Cooper Discusses Road Projects

Mayor Cooper’s informal meeting also included some important information about the much anticipated road work projects around Covington.  He related that the contractor working on the 15th Avenue Bridge at Mile Branch gave assurances that it would be completed at the end of this week(!), when the official notification is given from the City, Covington Weekly will update.
With regard to the Washout Project on 15th, Mayor Cooper stated that Open Bidding begins February 8, and Bids are selected by DOTD.  Cooper also noted that the culverts would be replaced to increase capacity, with the project focusing on DOTD upgrades as opposed to FEMA requirements.  The Mayor also informed the audience that Councilman Wright is hosting a meeting for River Forest Residents at Kehoe France on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, with regard to that project and other street paving projects.
Mayor Cooper reported that the Highway 21 Bridge Project is on schedule, with State projections for a finish date at late Spring/ early Summer;  Cooper added that his projections were late summer, to the agreement and amusement of those in the audience skeptical of road work finish dates.

Public Feedback at Coffee With Cooper

Two separate issues discussed as questions from the audience included incidents of speeding in and near the Savannahs Subdivision, and sewerage infrastructure.
The speeding problem stems from the fact that the neighborhood is used as a cut-through when it should be local access only.  Mayor Cooper noted that the speed limit was dropped to 20 mph, stop signs were added, and patrols increased, but there are still speeders.
In other areas of the country, police departments have installed a speed check with a camera that will take a picture of the license plate and automatically send a ticket to the speeding vehicle.  While this method has been contested depending on the application, it seems both a reasonable and feasible solution to a continuing problem that has not been solved by traditional and previously mentioned measures.
The sewerage infrastructure issue is a common one in the city ever since the flooding of March 2016.  Other factors affecting sewerage and plumbing infrastructure include root intrusion, common in areas with many trees.

City of Covington Special Municipal Election

The City of Covington holds a special Municipal Election to fill the Council Seat formerly held by Lee Alexius, who passed away last year.  Mr. Alexius is remembered as a family man, dedicated council member and founding member of the Covington Heritage Foundation, among many other contributions to the community.  The qualifying candidates in the March 25th election are Trey Blackall, Jerry Coner and Patrick McMath.

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STAA’s Spring for Art 2015 this Saturday in Downtown Covington

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STAA Spring for Art 2015The St. Tammany Art Association presents Spring For Art 2015 this Saturday evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event takes place throughout downtown Covington, and brochures with this year’s map and events are available now at the Art Association and participating businesses.

Sponsored in part by Champagne Beverage and Fat Tire Amber Ale, the free event features live music indoors and out throughout the walkable, historic St. John district and new work by dozens of artists from across the Southeast at participating galleries and shops.

Spring for Art 2015 sponsors

www.sttammanyartassociation.org

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Lee Lane Martini Contest & Whimmsey Shoppe During Spring for Art 2015

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Lee Lane Martini Contest 2014 – Seiler Bar martini prep

The popular Mix Masters’ Martini Contest returns to Lee Lane during Spring For Art 2015, sponsored by A Taste Of Covington! Sample unique martinis created by local bartenders and amateur mixologists. The Martini Contest takes place at the 200 block of Lee Lane at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the classic jazzy tunes of Steppin’ Up while you sip and shop! Right around the corner on Rutland, you’ll find The Whimmsey Shoppe, featuring artwork by Aaryn Crews, Lu Griffin-Tucker, Nancy Wolf-Kimberly and Valree Berle. 985-400-5791

Whimmsey Shoppe

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A Taste Of Covington Four Day Food & Wine Event Celebrates Local This Weekend

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Save The Date A Taste Of Covington, 2014A Taste Of Covington is finally here! ATOC 2014 continues the tradition of the CBA’s four day food and wine event celebrating Covington.

Thursday, April 10th, 7 pm: Vintners Dinners  Be seduced with a 4-course dinner with wines paired specifically for each course. Participating restaurants are: Annadele’s Plantation, Dakota, The English Tea Room, Del Porto, Lola, Mac’s on Boston, and Pardos American Bistro. Gallagher’s Grill and Seiler Bar are sold out for this event.

Friday April 11th: A Grand Tasting at Aquistapace’s Covington Supermarket  sponsored by The French Mix.  This event is sold out!

Saturday April 12th, 2 – 4 pm: Festa del Vino  at the Historic Mackie House, presented by the Southern Hotel. !

Saturday April 12th, 6 – 9 pm: STAA’s Spring for Art  This year, the CBA has teamed up with the STAA for their annual Spring for Art! Stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Covington and enjoy the art, local businesses, music and wine. This is a free and open to the public event.

Sunday April 13th: Champagne Jazz Brunch  Hosted by Seiler Bar, there will be two seating for the brunch, featuring jazz, champagne, food and fun! Music by Steppin’ Up.

For more information about A Taste Of Covington, or to make reservations to any of these great events, check www.atasteofcovington.com.

To learn more about the Covington Business Association, please visit www.covingtonbusinessassociation.org.

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2nd Annual A Taste of Covington: A Four Day Event April 4th – 7th

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A Taste of CovingtonThe 2013 Taste of Covington is packed with food, wine and fun! It starts Thursday with the Vintners’ Dinners, a four-course gourmet meal with wine pairing at participating restaurants. Friday evening, Acquistapace’s Supermarket will host a Grand Tasting from 7 – 10 pm at their wine warehouse. Saturday features a Chefs’ Cooking Demo and Wine Tasting at the Trailhead, where chefs from local restaurants will prepare their favorite dishes paired with fabulous wines from 5 to 6:30 pm. Afterwards, stroll around Downtown Covington as local businesses open their doors for the CBA Merchant Stroll, featuring free wines from Glazer’s Domaines and Estates at participating businesses. Top it all off with a Jazz Brunch Sunday presented by Seiler Bar. The 2nd Annual “A Taste of Covington” is presented by the Covington Business Association. The CBA Monthly Meeting in April 3rd, 5:30 pm at Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Café. Find out more information about A Taste of Covington here: www.atasteofcovington.com and the CBA here: www.covingtonbusinessassociation.org