lake-charles-2Lake Charles will be the location for the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training November 9-13, 2009.

You will learn all the TapRooT® tools, and also many advanced skills, that a Team Leader needs to collect information, analyze root causes, and develop effective fixes that will help your company improve performance. Beyond being able to analyze problems, you will be able to communicate what you discovered. You will learn tools for presenting your findings in a powerful, yet easy-to-understand format and make it easy for others to grasp the importance of implementing the corrective actions.

For more information and to register for the course, visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=709&l=1.

Lake Charles is the fifth largest incorporated city in Louisiana. It is the major cultural and educational center in the southwest region of the state and one of the most important in Acadiana, the official name given to the French Louisiana region. 

The city is considered a major petrochemical refining center, gaming center, and home to McNeese State University. With over 75 festivals held annually, Lake Charles is referred to as the Festival Capital of Louisiana.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Charles,_Louisiana)

From casinos or the great outdoors, to rhythm & blues and great Louisiana cuisine, Lake Charles makes for exciting travel. With its tropical climate and Southern hospitality, visitors are sure to enjoy their stay. Here are some attractions and dining options for your visit:

Creole Nature Trail was one of the first National Scenic Byways designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in the Gulf South. This more than 180-mile stretch meanders through Louisiana’s Outback, one of America’s “Last Great Wildernesses.” 

L’Auberge du Lac is a luxury 26 story casino resort that boasts a large single-level riverboat casino with 60 table games and over 1,600 slot machines (click here for more casinos in Lake Charles).

Graywood Championship Golf Course will impress even the most experienced golfer. It was among Golf Digest’s top 100 public courses in the country, and ESPN ranked it as “extraordinary” in its review of the country’s top golf clubs (click here for more golf courses in Lake Charles).

The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu offers a true taste of Mardi Gras in Louisiana. The Museum features the largest collection of Mardi Gras Costumes on the Gulf Coast.

Sam Houston Jones State Park has tree-filled lagoons and a mixed pine and hardwood forest. The park is located just north of the most productive birding region of Louisiana, so bird watching is always excellent.

Big Lake Guide Service has been providing some of the best fishing and hunting experiences for visitors to Southwest Louisiana for more than 25 years. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you will enjoy the hunting and fishing in and around Lake Charles.

For other parks and attractions near Lake Charles, visit http://www.discoverourtown.com/LA/Lake%20Charles/Attractions-36.html.

cajun-dishDining in Lake Charles:

Pats of Henderson has been serving up authentic Cajun cuisine for more than 50 years. From gumbos and soups to crawfish, frog legs, and alligator, diners will enjoy the heritage that is Cajun cooking.

Pujo Street Café has an extensive menu of Cajun dishes as well as a wide selection of burgers and sandwiches. Be sure and try their Shrimp Bisque, a Pujo Street Café tradition.

La Truffle Sauvage is fine dining at its best. They pride themselves on only the freshest ingredients when preparing specialties like Herbes de Provençe crusted Colorado Rack of Lamb, Crispy Duck Confit, or Crabmeat Mary Louise (jumbo lump crabmeat tossed in a champagne cream sauce, served in a crisp puff pastry shell).

Casa Manana Mexican Restaurant has been a Lake Charles favorite since 1976. And when they say “fresh” they mean “fresh”! Daily they cook a batch of salsa, fry crisp tortilla chips and make dough from scratch for their steaming hot tortillas.

Tony’s Pizza has been a popular Lake Charles establishment since 1968. Enjoy a full menu of salads, pastas, pizzas, Po Boys and more.

For more information and to register for the course in Lake Charles, Louisiana, visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=709&l=1.