Jambalaya Cook-Off • Saturday, February 21, 2015
Admission is free, with samples available for 75¢ and portion sizes for $3 and $5. Professional judges will award cash prizes for the top three finishers and you get to vote for your favorite jambalaya dish to determine the People’s Choice Award!
And don’t miss the King Cake! We’ll have free samples for you to taste, and Louisiana native, Scott Salmons will entertain you with its history. Come grab some beads (we’ve got you covered) and enjoy the party!
Location & Parking: The Culinary Center in Lincoln City, 801 SW Hwy 101, on the 4th Floor, North, above the Driftwood Public Library and City Hall. Parking is available on the third floor of City Hall, accessible from SW 11th Street (look for the signs and attendants!).
11:00am – Doors open and People’s Choice voting begins
12:30pm – Learn about the history of King Cake from Scott Salmons
1:30pm – People’s Choice voting ends
1:45pm – Winners announced
2:00pm – Cook-off ends
All Day – Court Jester Hat Making Workshop (while supplies last)
All Day – Live Zydeco-style music
The inheritance of voice and place makes for a powerful union. Though acoustic in nature, Mark’s music is strangely expansive – it’s original in sound, soulful and groove oriented. His presence is warm and unpretentious. Poetic, yet simply profound, here’s someone faithfully doing what he’s supposed to do. He performs with that conviction night-in and night-out. When you see him, when you hear him at work, you’ll understand why friends are talking – about ‘the real’ Mark Alan.
Chef Rob Pounding (Host Judge)
The founder of the Culinary Center as well as owner and Chef of the Blackfish Café in Lincoln City. Rob has spent many years developing working relationships with various gardeners, farmers and fisherman on the Oregon Coast and has been an active supporter of sustainable agriculture and organic farming for commercial applications in Oregon. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
A local Chiropractor in Depoe Bay (since 1991) and our Louisiana Native. Scott grew up in Southwest Louisiana (where his family still lives) eating the best Cajun food from old family recipes. “Contrary to popular belief, we do not eat armadillo. Not sure why exactly – too much gator, I guess. Laissez les bon temps roulez!” (translation- Let the Good Times Roll!)
Mayor Don Williams
A long-time Cook-Off participant, competing and winning as the former owner of Nelscott Café. In addition to operating several franchise restaurants, the Williams’ recently purchased and are remodeling property in the Taft District of Lincoln City that will include a small banquet room and commercial kitchen for his soon-to-start catering and food production business.
Try it at Home
You be the chef! Try one of our past award winning Jambalaya recipes in your own kitchen.
For a list of past winners of the Jambalaya Cook-off, click here!
Check out other Lincoln City festivals and events coming up soon! Click here for details.