Asheville Mardi Gras’ Cajun Cookoff paired costumes with cameraderie at the Millroom on Sunday, Jan. 25.
The fundraising event, benefiting the Mardi Gras parade and Queen’s Ball (to be held Sunday, Feb. 15) as well as MANNA FoodBank, saw Cajun and zydeco fusion band Bayou Diesel playing to a decked out crowd in a venue brimming with colorful costumes.
“The MANNA FoodBank collection barrel was overflowing by the first hour,” says Xpress distribution manager Jeff Tallman. “It was a rousing success all around.”
Over two dozen entrants participated in the event’s culinary challenge. Awards, chosen by popular vote among attendees, included chef Amy Fariss of Nine Mile (first place), chef Jonathan Santiago of Biltmore Village Inn (second place) and chefs Matt Grush and Chris Hall.
Event photos by Jeff Tallman.
Nine Mile receiving their 1st place award.
Augusta Wind and Hobbit Hawes announce the Cajun Cookoff winners.
Leland and Andria Davis
Susan Sertain & Glen Davis
Festive dresses in the dance line led by Asheville Second Line marching band
Former Asheville Mardi Gras queen Sheila Ann Thiboeaux (right)
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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL
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