Taste Creole on the Oregon Coast

Posted by The Oregon Coast / January 9, 2015

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Lincoln City, OR – Warm up your winter at the 7th Annual Jambalaya Cook-Off, a Mardi-Gras themed event featuring the comfort food of New Orleans, Jambalaya. The festivities will be held at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City on February 21, 11am to 2pm.

Jambalaya typically consists of rice, meat that can range between chicken, fish, or sausage, and a variety of vegetables including onions, tomatoes, peppers, and celery. The dish originates from the French Quarter in New Orleans, where immigrant workers tried to replicate Spanish paella. Lacking the ingredients needed to make paella, Jambalaya was created as an alternative.

The Jambalaya Cook-Off will feature professional chefs from around the Pacific Northwest competing for top honors and the People’s Choice Award. Patrons get to try each chef’s interpretation of this Creole comfort food and vote for their favorite. Attendance to the event is free and samples are available for $0.75 each. Portion sized servings of jambalaya can also be purchased for $3 and $5.

King Cake, which is associated with Mardi Gras traditions and is served throughout the Carnival season, will also be available to sample. Learn about the story of its origin and how this decadent dessert came to be. In addition to King Cake, there will be a variety of local treats available for purchase. Soulful singer/songwriter Mark Alan will provide music, setting the mood perfectly for an afternoon of Creole fun.

The Lincoln City Culinary Center presents four annual cook-offs: Jambalaya, Fish Taco, Wild Mushroom, and Chowder, each featuring some of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on the Jambalaya Cook-Off contact the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or visit http://www.oregoncoast.org/jambalaya-cook-off.

Thank you to the following Event Sponsors: Ace Hardware, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, The Coho Oceanfront Lodge, Ester Lee Hotel, Gomberg Kite Productions International, The Liberty Inn, Looking Glass Inn, The News Guard, Pelican Shores Inn, Shearwater Inn, Willamette Dental.

Lincoln City – A Great Place to Try New Things!

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