(February 21, 2017) – Kick off Mardi Gras week with the Cajun Cook-Off at the Figge Art Museum on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. sponsored by KWQC-TV and the Quad-City Times.
Eight chefs from the area will be cooking Cajun and Creole-inspired cuisine for guests to sample and vote on their favorite dish. This year’s participating chefs include Chef Paul Inskeep from the Figge Cafe, Chef Aaron McMahon from Davenport Country Club, Chef Jason Stewart from Zeke’s Island Café, Chef James Steffen from Crow Valley Country Club, Chef Greg Sanders from Thunder Bay, Chef Patrick Trainor from Biaggis, Chef Douglas Lear from Bass Street Chop House and Chef Eran Salzmann from ZBest Café.
Guests are invited to get into the Mardi Gras spirit by sampling each tasty dish, having their photo taken in the Mardi Gras themed photo area, partaking in a cash bar including the “Cajun Storm” specialty cocktail and casting votes for their favorite dish of the evening. The winning chef will receive a People’s Choice plaque and bragging rights.
“The eclectic menu items are not dishes you typically see in the Quad-Cities area, which is exactly what makes this event so great,” said Marketing Coordinator Natalie Dunlop. “From jambalaya crawfish fumet, Tasso cured pork belly, smoked collard greens and spicy crab egg rolls to King cake dobite, chicken andouille jambalaya, bayou shoots with pineapple mango salsa and Cajun style okra with remoulade sauce, guests will not be disappointed.”
Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a live auction where they can bid on a private in-home catered event for up to eight guests, a wine dinner for ten, a 7-night river cruise on the American Queen or American Empress Steamboat, 4-course dinner for four, hotel stays and more with all proceeds benefiting the Figge’s education outreach programs and major exhibitions.
Ashley Holden, morning reporter with KWQC-TV, will serve as emcee for the evening and professional auctioneer Curtis Dosland will run the live auction.
Tickets are available online at www.figgeartmuseum.org for $30 until February 24 or $35 after and at the door. Proceeds from the event will go towards education outreach programs and major exhibitions.