I have the pleasure and honor to be a judge at the following Cook-offs this March and you can join in on the fun and, in many cases, support great causes. Here are the details:
March 13: United Way’s 14th Annual "Got Gumbo?" Cook-Off
Hours: 5pm – 9pm; Admission: $25 in advance and $30 at the door
Okay, who likes Gumbo? Raise your hands. Even better go to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana and buy tickets to a great Gumbo Cook-Off on March 13, 2014 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter. You all know that I love gumbo (well most gumbos) and I will be there with several other professional foodies judging these New Orleans Gumbos. What will you find at the United Way’s 14th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off? As of this post, there are 16 teams competing for the gold. Some of them are returning to defend their title from last year. They are:
- Desire Oyster Bar: Best Traditional Gumbo 2013
- Charlie’s Restaurant: Best Seafood Gumbo 2013
- Restaurant R’evolution: Best Exotic Gumbo 2013
The cost to sample all the gumbos and other items such as desserts is only $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Please don’t wait to buy your tickets at the door as they may be sold out.
So get your tickets today, support the United Way of Southeast Louisiana and enjoy some award winning New Orleans Gumbo. See you there.
March 15: Frisco Fest at San Francisco Plantation's Cracklin' Cook-off
Hours: 9am – 5pm; Admission: Free
This is a return visit for me and this is a must for you, especially if you like cracklin’ and want to experience a Louisiana plantation. There is so much to do and see at Frisco Fest and you can even sample the cracklin’ we will be judging. The judging takes place at 11:30am.
This cool video will give you a taste of all the fun events happening at Frisco Fest!
>> Read more about the beautiful San Francisco Plantation
March 22: The Louisiana Swamp Stomp Jumbo Gumbo & Bayou Best Cook-off
Hours: 9:30 am – 10:30 pm; Admission: $10
This is another repeat performance for me but there is a big change this year. The cook-off is now held the same weekend of the Louisiana Swamp Stomp on the grounds of Nicholls State University.
A little bit about Thibodaux and Nicholls State University. Even though it’s only about an hour’s drive from New Orleans, it’s truly in Cajun Country. Thibodaux is in Lafourche Parish and Bayou Lafourche runs through Thibodaux. >> Read more about Lafourche Parish. As for Nicholls State University and its connection to the Hospitality Industry, you will find one of the best culinary institutes in the country here, the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute.
Now for the Louisiana Swamp Stomp: you will hear some great music and can taste all the gumbos being cooked. So come visit, do a little dancing and eat some great gumbo.
>> Check the Swamp Stomp website for more information.
March 29: Hogs for the Cause BBQ Cook-off
New Orleans City Park
Hours: 11am – 9:30pm; Admission: $15 online or $25 at gate
This is another return visit for the Louisiana Travelin’ Man.
What will you find at Hogs for the Cause? Some of the top New Orleans musicians and approximately 90 professional and amateur BBQ teams. These teams will compete for the title of “Ben Sarrat Jr. ‘High on the Hog’ Grand Champion.” The prize is named after the young victim of a brain tumor who died at the age of 6 in 2010.
The BBQ Teams will also be crowned in a variety of categories including, Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, “Porkpourri” (anything pork) and Beans which is a new category added this year and sponsored by New Orleans-based Camellia Beans. There are also awards for Best Sauce, Fundraising Champion and the patron's pick for Fan Favorite. The only way to choose the Fan Favorite is to sample the teams' BBQ creations and vote for your favorite.
>> Visit the Hogs for the Cause website to see the great music lineup and to get your tickets.
The Louisiana Travelin' Man