The ABSOLUT® Best Martini Tour officially kicks off Tuesday, July 2, 2013. But each original cocktail will make its debut on the CJ and Debbie Ray Show beginning, Monday, July 1!

Eight of the finest local restaurants will vie for the title of “Lafayette’s ABSOLUT® Best Martini” as a benefit for Healing House; Hope for Grieving Children.   Walk- On’s, Bonefish Grill, Social, Charley G’s, Tsunami, Zea, Ruffino’s on the River, and Pamplona Tapas Bar will each be a stop on this year’s tour. Every Tuesday beginning July 2 and running through August 20, you can taste test that week’s featured restaurant’s signature martini and cast your vote for “Lafayette’s ABSOLUT® Best Martini.” You can also vote online here.

The search for “Lafayette’s ABSOLUT® Best Martini” will culminate with Martinis 2013 on Saturday, August 24, 2013 beginning at 7:00 PM at Hilton Lafayette.  Enjoy the great sounds of 5th Avenue while tasting fine hors d’oeuveres, bidding on fabulous auction items, and voting for your ABSOLUT favorite martini! Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased by visiting the Healing House website or by calling the Healing House office at 234-0443.

All proceeds from Martinis 2013 will benefit local families in Acadiana that have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Healing House; Hope for Grieving Children provides grief support groups for children in an atmosphere where they are allowed to express their grief though interactive play, expressive art work and discussion groups with peers experiencing the same trauma. All services provided by Healing House are free of charge and run by trained volunteers.

Sponsors:  ABSOLUT, Moss Motors Superstore of Used Cars , Delhomme Funeral Home, Scott Hebert Interiors, Event Rental, Townsquare Media, 99.9 KTDY, FACE Magazine, and The Russo Group.