Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Lets just say that since moving to Louisiana, I haven't met a gumbo I didn't love. That said, I can't think of very many times that I was more excited than when I heard that Volunteers for Youth Justice would be holding their first ever Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators.
I knew I was ready to get my gumbo on, I just needed to find the perfect team to teach me the ropes. It took some work and cajoling, but I found them in Davis Cormier and Joe Boone, who decided to take part in the event, coming all the way up from Cajun Country in south Louisiana.
I had (kind of) made gumbo before, but my new gumbo experts told me I had been going about it all wrong, right from the beginning. I had forgotten the key ingredient in my roux, patience.
Just seeing how much love and time my "Gumbo Swing Kings" were putting into their gumbo, I knew it was going to be way better than anything I had ever made. Although, to give myself credit, they have been eating gumbo their whole lives, as opposed to my 6 month history.
When they finally decided the time was right for me to try their masterpiece, I was more than ready. I even went back for seconds.
I would have eaten all ten gallons, but I knew I needed to leave at least a little for other people to sample it.
Gumbo festivals like this are another reason that I love the Ark-La-Tex!