On the weekend of April 6 at the St. Paul’s School, the 4th annual Crawfish Cook-off took place on the school’s campus. About thirty teams, wielded nothing more than pots, propane, crawfish, special recipes, and good spirits, went hand-to-hand in fierce crawfish cooking combat.Teams prepared their best servings of crawfish to be sampled by judges of the American Culinary Federation of New Orleans, and, of course, the many guests that attend the event. The winner of this Cajun food battle, Wagner’s Landscaping, received a 5-Day vacation to San Destin, Fla., where they could relax in a three-bedroom condo right on the golf course with easy beach access.
But the cook-off wasn’t just about fun and games. The Alumni Association of St. Paul’s, in partnership with the Hope House Children’s Advocacy Center, raised money to build awareness of child abuse and for the hope and healing of those already affected by child abuse.
“The heart of the event is benefiting the Hope House,” said event coordinator Lee Pierre. “We would consider this year to be a huge success. The weather was perfect, and everybody seemed to be enjoying the many different flavors of crawfish available. We already received an email from a new team that wants to join next year.”According to Pierre, there may be minor changes to the cook-off that will take place behind the scenes for next year, but nothing major that would take away from the fun. The focus of the cook-off is to have everybody enjoy themselves.
“I thought it was pretty fun to be at. The food was good, the booths were cool, and everyone seemed happy to be there,” said sophomore Mitch Richard.
The scheduled date for next year is already about to be posted sometime in the near future. For information, there will be updates on the alumni facebook page.