Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ready for Taste of Gumbo?

Ready for Taste of Gumbo, Etc.?
Who isn’t?
This is one event Port Arthur folks support spoons at the ready. The Rotary Club of Port Arthur is rounding up restaurants and other groups for the 26th annual Taste of Gumbo. Dr. Mark Porterie is King Gumbo and he says he loves to eat it, but doesn’t make it. He did serve time at his mother’s side stirring the roux until it was just the right brown, he said.
Steve Megas of The Schooner said the Nederland restaurant team loves dishing out gumbo to their regulars, who always show up at Taste. They also love that the $8 ticket helps Rotary give to good causes, he said.
Serving  will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.
Remember, the Etc., part means that groups who aren’t necessarily famous for their gumbo will be serving up some other treats. I guess that’s for those who don’t care for gumbo, but I just don’t know any of those people. Get your tickets at the door. Children 5 and younger will be admitted at no charge.
Floyd’s, Holiday Inn Park Central, Chick-fil-A and Medical Center of Southeast Texas will be among participants, Porterie said.

It’s easy being Super Green
Some people aren’t hiding their healthy habits or trying to make good-for-you food taste like something else, but sometimes a sweet boost can sure dress up something simple like . . . grass. Wheat grass, for instance. Amazing Grass has put out Green Superfood whole energy bars that have earned their oats, barley, etc. I like the sweet and savory almond, though chocolate chip coconut is no slouch. They’re not unlike a green, figgy type candy you know you like. If you want your bars to read cold processed, soy free and vegan on the label, you’ll feel real good about the tasty boost Amazing Grass is offering.

United Way gets barbecue bonus
The Golden Triangle Chef’s Association is gearing up for the 2013 Bar BQ Cookoff to benefit United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County. It will be May 3-4 at Port Neches Park. To cook or eat, contact or call (409)363-9529 or (409) 988-3355.

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