On Sunday, February 23rd, 16 teams will pit their gumbo recipes against one another in Tennessee Equality Project's fourth annual Mardi Gras Party and Gumbo Contest.
They'll be vying for both the People's Choice Award (voted on by attendees) and the Judges' Choice Award (judged by a panel of made up of Memphis Police officer Virginia Awkward, Chef Kelly English of Restaurant Iris, Memphis City Councilman Edmund Ford Jr., former State Senator Beverly Kay Marrero, and Chef Gary Williams of DeJavu Restaurant). A $25 ticket allows patrons to sample and vote for their favorite gumbo. High Cotton Brewing Company and Yazoo Brewing Company will provide craft brew for sale, and the Mighty Souls Brass Band will play New Orleans jazz.
Pat McCooter, Queen of Mystic Krewe of Pegasus Memphis, will act as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Call 901-301-3306 or visit http://tepgumbocontest.blogspot.com/ for tickets.
Full disclosure: I'll be competing in the gumbo contest this year.