Game Day Gumbo Cook-off set for Oct. 22
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Louisiana is known for its love affair with sports and really good food. The fifth annual Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off will once again combine these two objects of affection to raise funds for Southeastern Louisiana University student-athletes during tailgating on Oct. 22.
As part of this new Southeastern tradition, tailgaters will have the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills prior to the Lions football game versus Texas State at 7 p.m.
“This is a fun way to encourage tailgating in support of the Lions and mixing and mingling in Friendship Circle,” said John Roberts, president of the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). “As student-athletes, we’re proud to present this annual event and truly appreciate the financial support it provides for SAAC’s community engagement and service projects.”
There is no cost to participate as a tailgater gumbo chef. The registration form will be available for download from the SAAC page on the Lions Athletics website at www.lionsports.net. Serving cups will be provided to each tailgating group. Participants are asked to bring spoons and however much gumbo they’re willing to share with their fellow tailgaters.
The public is invited to taste the gumbo at the various “Gumbo Tailgating Tasting Stations” around Friendship Circle and “vote” for their favorites by stuffing coins and bills in designated “voting jars” at each site. “Voting” will be open from noon until 6:15 p.m.
The voting jar with the most money will win the 2011 Fans’ Choice Award. Additionally, a Judges’ Choice Award will be presented based on a blind taste test of samples from each of the participating tailgate sites.
Both winners will be announced at half time of the football game and will receive Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off Champ gumbo paddles.
Tailgaters have until Oct. 19 to register. The contest is open to any group, whether or not they have a regular tailgating location for Southeastern home games.
For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call 985-549-5466.
All funds raised benefit SAAC, which has adopted the cook-off as its annual signature fund-raising event.
The student organization will also host a Washers Tournament as a separate fund-raiser in Friendship Circle during Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off tailgating. Entry is $10 per two-person team for the single elimination bracket, 21-point game format. Winners will receive a customized set of Southeastern washer boards and t-shirts. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by Oct. 21.