You don’t have much time left! Baton Rouge’s dinner party of the year is closing registration on September 7. Around the Table, presented by East Baton Rouge Parish School System, places participants in different homes across the Baton Rouge Area for an evening of conversation and connections in the setting of home dinner parties. Community leaders including CEOs, university presidents and entrepreneurs will open their homes to guests in an effort to connect newcomers with locals and encourage engaging conversation. 

So how does it work? 

First, you register to attend and fill out a quick survey to help us better understand your interests and hobbies. Then, based on your responses, we pair you with community connectors who volunteered to host a dinner. And this is where it gets interesting… you won’t find out who your host is until the week of the event! On event day, you show up at your host’s house to eat, talk and connect over a yummy dinner with your host and other attendees. It’s a great way for Baton Rouge newcomers and even long-time locals to meet people in the community. 

Come on, be brave! Register today and we promise you’ll end the night wondering why you’ve never been to this event before. Registration closes September 7, so you only have one week left! 

Flavor of the Week: French Truck Coffee

The coffee gods have answered our prayers in the form of a little yellow truck. That’s right, French Truck Coffee has finally made its way to Baton Rouge. The New Orleans-based micro-roaster prides itself on serving the best and freshest ingredients roasted in small batches and served quickly. Situated on Government St., French Truck Coffee roasts beans in its building and operates a café that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

With its dynamite menu, we can’t decide what we should try first! And don’t worry if you aren’t a “let’s-go-chill-at-the-coffee-shop” type of person, because French Truck sells its coffee for home brewing and even provides tips and tricks for brewing success. 

Head down to Government St. to see if you can spot the signature yellow truck. If you do, snap a pic and share with us for a chance to be featured on our blog!  

Workin’ It: User Experience Designer

An area organization is hiring a user experience designer. The role will tackle numerous projects working on software products, including tasks such as designing business process scenarios and flows for user interfaces and demos, researching and validating customer requirements, creating wireframes (low and high fidelity) for user scenario flows, and more. 

The role demands experience with current tools and methods, but also the capacity to investigate and learn new approaches to solving problems. The candidate must be a self-starter, creative thinker, confident communicator, and be able to work with a wide variety of people (designers, information developers, developers, product owners, etc.). 

Does this sound like a job for you? Email talent@brac.org for more information. 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about the job, employer or organization, email talent@brac.org.  

My Baton Rouge: Jamie Hanks

Whether you are a born-and-raised Baton Rouge native, a newcomer to the Capital Region, or a boomerang who left and made the choice to come home, we all have a Baton Rouge story. 

Jamie Hanks is originally from North Louisiana, but came to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. After graduating, she lived in multiple cities including Nashville, Washington D. C. and London. And even though she enjoyed each stop along the way, none truly felt like home to her. So, she decided to move back to Louisiana and put down roots in the Baton Rouge Area. As the Executive Director of the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, Jamie’s favorite part of life in Baton Rouge is that it offers both big city amenities and small-town charm. 

She said, “Baton Rouge is unique because we are growing smartly, but we aren’t losing who we are. We still have the charm and culture that only the Red Stick can claim.” That is my Baton Rouge. 

View more Baton Rouge stories at brac.org/thinkbr

 In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org.

Out on the Town

  • Planetarium Grand Reopening Film Festival, September 2, grand reopening of the Louisiana Art and Science Museum’s planetarium 
  • Brunch in Heels, September 10, city wide brunch event to raise money for STAR’s 2017 Hunks In Heels fundraising efforts 
  • Pets n’ Paddling, September 10, paddle around University Lakes with your pet 
  • Drama Queens, September 12, internationally acclaimed sopranos open Opéra Louisiane’s 2017-18 season 

For more local events, visit the Life in BR Events Page.