Special to the Review
The Athens Review
Saturday February 9, is Mardi Gras at St. Stephen’s. Chicken Gumbo, Pork Jambalaya, Beans and Rice, Salad, Cornbread and assorted Pies will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Although translated Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is moved to the Saturday before to not compete with other local churches’ food celebrations that Tuesday.
Why Mardis Gras? Traditionally many homes reduced the servings of butter, sausage and other meats, as well as sweets, so these ingredients needed to be used up before the following day, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
What is the difference between Gumbo and Jambalaya? According to many cooks, Jambalaya combines vegetables, protein and rice cooked together in a stock and served with most of the liquid cooked off, while in Gumbo the protein and vegetables are cooked and served in a roux thickened stock with rice on the side.
At St. Stephen’s all the dishes are mild but additional heat seasoning is available per taste. Three kinds of cornbread are served: Yankee Mild, Texas Hot and Ragin’ Cajun.
Eat in or take out. Tickets are available in advance and at the door for $6.
Call 903-675-1639 for information on this event.