Two more of the top 12 contestants shared their awards with me. The LSU team had a fantastic tasting gumbo which she topped with freshly fried okra. I swear my hairstylist Michael at Caracalla just told me he had done the very same thing the last time he made gumbo. The outcome of the crunchy okra in the saucy mix was brilliant! This would be one of the tricks learned from Jumbo Gumbo that I will be trying!
The ortho team Brace Yo Self also had a phenomenal presentation for their gumbo topped with vibrant chopped green onions and toasted french bread predunked in the flavorful sauce for your pleasure. If I hadn't still been thinking about Drake's Gumbeaux, I would have seriously thought about handing my Silver Spork award to team Brace Yo Self! There were a lot of great names in attendance by the way!
They even had hot sauces of your choice to the side, water to offer, and pretty beads. I ldo love a nice ambience when I dine.
Again, another eyecatching name. Also positioned perfectly as if to be a street sign along the walkway.
My husband was happy to be in town to enjoy the sunny goodness, away from temps of 22 below and frozen eyelashes in Alaska. We had a great time basking in the sun, agreeing to disagree on several of the tastings, and walking around holding hands for date night/gumbo judging.
Little Rock's River Market Pavillion is always a fun place for enjoying the outdoors. We've been here often for Farmers Markets, ice skating in the winter, and school field trips. Look at that beautiful blue sky!
Kevin and I took a moment to pose with Francis the crawfish. Hey, watch that claw!
The event lasted from 5 - 9 pm. It went by pretty quickly to me. Before I knew it, Melissa was up on the stage announcing the top 12, then Mayor Stodola took the stage later to announce the top 3.
Contestants also had the opportunity to win by Fan Favorite. The more people stuffed your jars, the more of a chance you have to win. Proceeds went to benefit The Allen School.
So now you've had a look at Jumbo Gumbo 2013. Next year, come on out and "Let the good times roll." You can have a quick sampling of each of competing teams' gumbo at their booth, or you can grab a handy muffin tin, fill it with rice, leave one space open for your drink, and walk around with plenty to eat. My advice is to get there sooner than later!
Congrats again to the Drake's Gumbeaux team!! We look forward to seeing you at Jumbo Gumbo 2014!