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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Gumbo and Guinness, front and center

Gumbo and Guinness, front and center

Louisiana and food. Could there be two words more synonymous than these two? If you live in bayou country, probably not.

What better reason for the coordinators of the World Record Gumbo Event to plan the bayou’s largest tailgate party in Larose than to set the official Guinness Book of World Record with the largest pot of gumbo ever made, all while watching dem Tigers claw their way past the Crimson Tide.

Has anyone told you admission is free?

And so, come Saturday, November 7th beginning at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the Larose Civic Center, most notably, front and center, will be a 5,000 lb. pot of seafood gumbo thanks largely in part to Mike Maenza with Kenner-based MMI Culinary.

Some of you might associate him with ‘Mr. Mudbug,' the king of crawfish boils.

Maenza is no stranger to making big portions of food. His crews currently supply various food products through private label distribution among many other ventures.

In a pot fabricated by the Encore Group of Houma, coordinators will combine the roux, stock, vegetables and seafood in a carefully orchestrated dance. A dance timed precisely by very careful planning and testing, to not only feed the masses, but also to have their accomplishment adjudicated on site by a Guinness representative.

Did we mention the gumbo is free?

Also on site that day will be Donald Spahr and his team from Spahr’s Seafood Restaurants volunteering their time to assist with the officiating of the potato salad contest. They will be coordinating the recruitment of a distinguished judging panel, the drop off and collection of entries, the actual judging process and the announcement of division winners.

People who wish to enter the potato salad recipe contest can find the rules and registration form on the official website at Entry forms may also be picked up and returned at any Frank’s Supermarket locations.

After all the judging is over and winners are picked, local charities will be dishing theirs up for fundraising-bragging rights in the people’s choice award. Judges are excited and ready to crown the bayou’s best. Is it yours?

Be sure not to miss a serving of Louisiana boiled shrimp prepared by the guys from Wow Wee Dipping Sauce. A bayou-born label, Wow Wee offers just the right flavor to satisfy the pickiest of Cajun connoisseurs. Gonna give it a try?

Or, if seafood is not your thing, the crew from Frank’s is taking care of that as well. They’ll have the grill fired up serving burgers, hot dogs and sausage poboys.

Got a sweet tooth? We’ll take care of that too. We guarantee you won’t go hungry at the World Record Gumbo event. See y’all next Saturday, 11 a.m