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Ministry with Community hosts 5th annual Gumbo Cookoff


This Sunday, Kalamazoo area residents have an exclusive opportunity to sample gumbo and other Cajun cuisine from some of the best chefs in the area. Ministry with Community's 5th annual Gumbo Cook Off will be held on March 7th at Louie's Trophy House and Grill in downtown Kalamazoo. To top if all off, 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the organization's mission, which is providing a daytime shelter and other helpful services to homeless individuals in Kalamazoo.

In an interview with the Kalamazoo Gazette, Ministry's deputy director Rob Oakleaf stated that the cook off is the organization's "rowdiest" fundraiser, which "captures the spirit of Mardi Gras and Louisiana." Attendance is expected to be record-breaking for the event, which attracted 1,200 people last year, and extra heated tent space will be available outside Louie's.

As an added bonus, all tickets to the event will feature unlimited tasting. Guests will be able to enjoy as much Cajun cuisine as their stomach desires, prepared by top chefs from Mangia Mangia, the Radisson, Fandango, Food Dance and more. Blues bands will be on-hand for live music throughout the evening, which promises to be a fun and lively event.

A contest for the best gumbo will be held, with the winner announced at 5pm. There will also be tons of door prizes available which were generously donated by several local businesses. Some of the prizes include an iPod nano, massage treatments and hotel stays.

If stuffy, gala event fundraisers are not your thing, but you still want to support our local community, buy tickets for the Gumbo Cook Off today. It's not only the biggest event of the weekend in this area, it's also an excellent way to give back to a non-profit whose work is vital to our city.

Ministry with Community’s Gumbo Cook Off
When: Sunday, March 7, 3pm - 7pm (Winner to be announced at 5 pm)
Where: Louie’s Trophy House and Grill, 440 E. North Street in downtown Kalamazoo
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
For more info: or 269.385.9359

Tickets can be bought at several locations, including:
J. Rangel Salon
Louie’s Trophy House Grill
Natural Health Food Center
Mangia Mangia
Ministry with Community
Oakwood Bistro
Sticks & Stones

Hint: Buy your tickets in advance to save $5!

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