Grab a bowl and gather 'round the gumbo pot! It's time for Gumbo Giveback, this year's fundraiser to benefit the Crescent City Farmers Market. The event, which is sponsored by the International Association of CulinaryProfessionals, kicks off Saturday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Girod Street and Magazine, with live music and some of the city's best chefs stirring up big pots of the signature Louisiana dish.
Join us for this rare opportunity to sample Seafood Gumbo, Duck Gumbo and traditional Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo prepared by a stellar trio of guest chefs: Chef Paul Prudhomme, of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen; Darin Nesbit, executive chef at Bourbon House and Palace Café; and Chef Donald Link of Herbsaint and Cochon. We will have a traditional Louisiana crawfish boil, Cafe Brulot courtesy of CDM Coffee distributor Reily Co., and Mojo Catering will be preparing Gumbo Z'Herbes, shrimp and grits and more. It's also a chance to celebrate New Orleans' culinary history and mingle with food lovers from all over the world while supporting marketumbrella.org's efforts to grow the region's food community and create vibrant public spaces centered around our shared love of fresh, local food.
The International Association of Culinary Professionals, which is holding its annual conference in New Orleans April 15-19, is a non-profit professional association made up of some 4,000 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, cookbook authors and cooking instructors from more than 35 countries. We are proud that the IACP has recognized our role in the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and that the group has chosen to close out its meeting with a "give back" bash to benefit the Crescent City Farmers Market.
Tickets for the event are $95 per person, and can be purchased online at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Web site, www.iacp.com. Please join us for great food, live music and a night of celebrating the best in New Orleans cooking. The Crescent City Farmers Market has helped local farmers, fishers and food producers rebound since the devastating 2005 hurricane season and helped establish and encourage other regional markets. Get your tickets for the Gumbo Giveback and help us keep the momentum going!