We are officially two days away from the start of the best time of the year. You’ve guessed it, HALLOWEEN season! It’s one of the only times of year when it’s encouraged to dress up whenever you want and eat candy at all hours of the day (and really, what more could you want out of life).

If you’re like us and are ready to dive head first into everything Halloween, we’ve got some great places for you to check out. If a good scaring is your thing, definitely head to downtown Baton Rouge and visit the 13th Gate, which has consistently been ranked one of the best haunted houses in the country. If you could do without the scares, visit one of the area’s pumpkin patches for some good ole family fun. And if you claim to be a true Halloween enthusiast, you can join 10/31 Consortium, a Baton Rouge nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Halloween traditions and folklore. The group is known for its devilishly fun events like the Zombie Pub Crawl and the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, but what many don’t realize is that the organization also strives to help neighborhoods create safe Trick-or-Treat programs in addition to supporting Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and the Big Buddy Program.

So, whether you are staying in or heading out for Halloween festivities, we hope you have a ghastly October filled with tricks, treats and fun! Show us how you are celebrating Halloween and you may just end up on our blog.

Flavor of the Week: Mastering the Home Cooked Meal

As much as we looooooove to eat out at the many great Baton Rouge restaurants, we also love to hop in the kitchen and cook up our own delicious meals. Now, we aren’t claiming to be world-renowned chefs, but after taking some cooking classes at Red Stick Spice Company, it sure feels like we are!

Whether you are wanting to perfect your pastries, craft healthy meals, learn about rubs and marinades, or even master the art of pickling, Red Stick Spice Company has a class for you. So, meet us in the Red Stick Spice Company’s kitchen and let’s make some home-cooked meals!

After your class, take a picture of your five-star food and share it with us – we’d love to see your creations!

Workin’ It: Recruit & Educate as an Admissions Specialist

An area organization is currently seeking an Admissions Specialist. As part of the education and formation process, the Admissions Specialist is responsible for educating prospective students on all aspects of the college search and admissions process. Main job functions include recruiting high school and transfer students, initiating contact with students, parents, counselors, and teachers, and educating them on the specifics of the academic programs offered.

The position requires applicants to have a Bachelor’s Degree and at least one year of experience in higher education in admissions or recruiting. The applicant must also be available to travel, including overnight stays.

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: Batting for the Hometown Brand

Baton Rouge is full of doers, thinkers and dreamers who are always pushing the limits and exploring new ventures. Local favorite Tin Roof Brewing Co. just announced their new CEO, Baton Rouge Dreamer Jacob Talley, who is ready to catapult the brand to the next level.

In a 225 Magazine article, Talley, who previously worked at Mockler Beverage, expressed his excitement to focus his talents on Tin Roof. The brewery has fostered a brand that truly speaks to the people of Baton Rouge, with weekly events like Yoga on Tap and Trivia Thursdays, and brews that any LSU Tiger fan will love. If you need a recommendation, try the Bayou Bengal Lager (trust us, it’s delicious). Talley is looking forward to keeping this brand alive and, with the rest of the team, is already discussing new events like Family First Friday.

For Talley, the thought of spending time, energy and focus on one brand—the hometown brand—was very appealing. That is my Baton Rouge.

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.

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