Game Day Gumbo Cook-off returns Nov. 8
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND – After a successful debut last year, Southeastern Louisiana University’s “Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off” for tailgaters is back for a second helping.
The public will again get to vote on whose gumbo is the greatest by making the rounds and tasting the entries of participating tailgaters at the Nov. 8 Lions vs. Texas State home football game.
Each “taste-and-vote” will cost $1 with the proceeds going to the Lion Athletic Association. The gumbo should be ready to be served starting at noon. Each participating tailgate site will be identified with “Tasting Station” signs. The contest concludes at 1 p.m. and winners will be announced at halftime of the 2 p.m. game in Strawberry Stadium. The winning gumbo tailgate chefs will be presented with a Lions Game Day Gumbo Champion paddle.
“There is no cost to enter and we’ll provide an official ‘Gumbo Cook-Off’ apron, tasting cups and spoons and voting jars,” said Erin Moore, executive assistant to Interim President John L. Crain. “Just bring as much as you’re willing to share of your own gumbo specialty.”
Moore said last year’s inaugural cook-off raised approximately $400, with the winning team garnering $110 worth of votes. “Naturally, we want to smash that record this year,” said Moore. “We purposely planned to hold this event annually on the last home game of the season in hopes that the weather would be conducive for eating nice, hot gumbo. Can your tailgate take the heat?”
Tailgaters have until Nov. 5 to sign up to participate in the free contest. For those who might not already have tailgating sites, free tailgate spot reservations can be made through the Lion ticket office, 985-549-5466.
For more information about the contest or to register your tailgate, call Moore’s office at 985-549-5861.