And the winner is … The Louisiana Technology Council, Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Business & Technology Center and Business Report announced the winners of the eWards for the Baton Rouge region on Thursday, recognizing the technological achievements of Louisiana’s top companies, organizations and individuals. The winners are: Technology Educator of the Year—Dr. James Van Scotter, LSU Master of Science in Analytics Program; Outstanding Leadership in Technology—Charlie D’Agostino, Louisiana Business & Technology Center executive director; “Coop de’Tech” Award—Turner Industries, for CraftTrax Check-in; Technology Product of the Year—Vinformatix, for MedSonic; Best Application of Technology—Harbor Telematics, for Crane Data System. The winners will compete for the Governor’s Technology Awards later this summer.
Made to order: Baton Rouge-based Piccadilly Restaurants is planning to expand its food service division to the Memphis market, targeting industries including education, business, senior care, health care and emergency response. With over 70 food-service operations throughout the Southeast, Piccadilly handles cafeteria and food-service needs for clients including Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Savannah River Electric Plant in South Carolina and Atlanta’s Lou Walker Senior Center. Read about how the Piccadilly business model is increasingly focused on food service in a Business Report feature here.
On a roll: The folks with Tony Chachere’s say they’re taking to the State Capitol steps on Monday—the final day of this year’s legislative session—to unveil a new line of sandwich sauces. A press conference announcing the launch of the new product line will be held at 1:30 p.m., with area legislators and special guests scheduled to speak. The company says the new sauces—which come in Creole, Bar-B-Que, Zesty, and Spicy-Sweet flavors—will hit the shelves of major grocery stores in Louisiana in June.