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FRESH Point of View: Mardi Gras in November – at FRESH!

This Saturday, Nov. 19, we want to invite you to ”laissez les bon temps rouler.”

Wait, let me translate that for you: Let the good times roll – at our Mardi Gras in November event, with plenty of New Orleans-inspired food, music, and fun.

Yes, we know the REAL Mardi Gras won’t start for another three months. But, much like New Orleans, we at FRESH like to seize any excuse to throw a party. And really, can you blame us for not wanting to wait three more months to enjoy some great gumbo, perfect po’boys, grilled oysters, and raging-good Louisiana-style music?

Our Mardi Gras goodies will be a mix of Cajun specialties (the traditional country food of the Acadian people of rural Southern Louisiana) and Creole dishes (the upscale city food of New Orleans, a mix of French, Spanish, German and pretty much everything else.)

The fun will be going on all day, all over the store:

Seafood specials: Our seafood manager, Chef John Peters, is a Louisiana boy who’s cooked in great New Orleans restaurants, including the legendary Commander’s Palace. So you know he knows his way around Gulf Coast seafood. We’ll have lots of specials in the seafood department all day, including fresh gumbo; barbecued oysters; oyster Rockefeller soup; Louisiana-style grilled fish; and a real Louisiana shrimp boil, complete with corn and potatoes.

Chef Kent Rathbun returns! Popular celebrity chef Kent Rathbun will be back in the Fresh Taste Kitchen from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., for cooking demos, delicious samples, and all-around entertainment. (Fun fact: You probably know Kent for his Texas restaurants, especially Abacus and Jasper’s, but he cut his culinary teeth at the famous Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans back in the day!)

King Richard and the Bayou Boys: Led by “King” Richard Doredant, a singer/songwriter and guitarist from New Orleans, the boys do Texas-style blues and roadhouse rock with a definite N’awlins influence. Hey, one of their original songs is called “Crawfish.” Enough said. They’ll be rocking out on the patio from 6-9 p.m.