Let the good times roll…

King Cakes, a traditional Fat Tuesday food

King Cakes, a traditional Fat Tuesday food

 

Fat Tuesday has come and gone, and lent is under way, but the memories of the food served at the annual fundraiser for WMPG radio will linger through the season of doing with less. For most of us, these days are symbolic rather than literal, but it’s fun to observe the last feast day before the forty days of “fasting,” of whatever type you might choose.

And the winner is…..Bayside Bowl for their shrimp and sausage gumbo.

Team Congress Bar and Grill, winner of last year's competition

Team Congress Bar and Grill, winner of last year’s competition

          We had a great time and tasty New Orleans-style dishes at the Woodbury Campus Center on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine (USM), and here are the photos I took of all the hard-working jambalaya-slingers.Surprisingly, USM’s Aramark Dining Services’ jambalaya was among the most delicious. Other vendors whose foods we tasted were Gritty McDuff’s, Congress Bar & Grill, Po’ Boys and Pickles, Bayside Bowl, and if there were others we missed, I am truly sorry. Our loss. But there’s always next year.

Chef Ian serves up Gritty's Cajun Gumbo

Chef Ian serves up Gritty’s Cajun Gumbo

Gritty's Cajun Gumbo sign

Gritty’s Cajun Gumbo sign

Dining Services employees served up great jambalaya

Dining Services employees served up great jambalaya

The guys from Bayside Bowl had a mean King Cake

The guys from Bayside Bowl had a mean King Cake

Po' Boys and Pickles Team

Po’ Boys and Pickles Team

Cajun music enhances the food mood

Cajun music enhances the food mood

Time to vote for your favorite vendor

Time to vote for your favorite vendor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Cone

About Kate Cone

Kate Cone has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, is a freelance writer and the author of "What's Brewing in New England: A Guide to Brewpubs and Microbreweries," published by Downeast Publications in 1997. She is currently updating What's Brewing with a second book about New England craft beer to be published in 2015.