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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Great Gumbo

With Mardi Gras just around the corner it’s time once again time to celebrate one of favorite seafood specialities – glorious gumbo!

Gumbo is a stew that originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. It consists primarily of a strongly-flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and the Cajun holy trinity of vegetables, namely celery, bell peppers, and onions.02102012_AP070130034617-600

The Destin History and Fishing Museum recently held its 10th annual Gumbo Contest at the Destin Community Center. More than 500 people attended the event with Dewey Destin’s Bayside winning the People’s Choice Award. A team of judges named the following winners in the restaurant division:

• 1st Place: Boathouse Oyster Bar & Grill

• 2nd Place: Back Porch

• 3rd Place Old Bay Steamer

According to organizers, the competition was very close in the individual category. Taking home top prizes were Matthew Sparks, first place; William Braddock, second place; Louis Burkart, third place; and the People’s Choice individual award – Dale Olds.

We think you will find delicious gumbo at many of Destin’s restaurants. Proceeds from the event, which saw the assistance of more than 50 volunteers, will help pay for the upkeep and expansion of museum programs and exhibits. The Destin History and Fishing Museum, located at 108 Stahlman Avenue, is one of our favorite community museums. We recommend you stop by and explore the history of the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village during your next visit to Destin, Fl.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Kendra Veach


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