ADHT To Host Gumbo Cook Off On Saturday

August 7, 2013

The Bermuda Foundation of the ADHT hosting their 1st Annual ADHT Conference Cook Off on Saturday [Aug 10] at Landfall Restaurant in Hamilton Parish starting at 6.30pm. This year the theme is “Gumbo and Good Times”.

As the 9th ADHT International conference will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana, on 9th – 12th October 2013, they will be featuring a signature Louisiana dish – GUMBO. Five local chefs will showcase their culinary skills by preparing their own version of “Louisiana Gumbo”. The Winner will be awarded the prestigious title of “Bermuda’s ADHT King or Queen of Louisiana Gumbo” for 2013, along with media exposure and bragging rights.

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The evening is designed to bring a little bit of Louisiana to Bermuda, so in addition to the Gumbo, the restaurant will be decorated in the Louisiana style; guests, who will be provided with Louisiana mementos will be able to stroll to the various chef stations to sample the gumbo and at the same time listen to jazz, blues and rock and roll from the area and there is a cash bar available. Live music will be provided by Hiram Edwards and friends; Phiemma Caisey will be singing; Bim Bademosi will be on keyboards and DJ Humpty will provide dancing music. It promises to be an exciting evening.

In the style of the Food Network channel, guests will sample the various offerings by the chefs and will use their Mardi Gras style coins to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Whichever chef ends up with the most coins will be awarded the People’s Choice Award. In addition there will be a professional judging component where Chef Herbie Bascome, Culinary Lecturer Tenika Eve and Catering Manager Desmond Townsend will choose the Winner who will be crowned the Bermuda King/Queen of Louisiana Gumbo.

A spokesperson said, “We must give special thanks to Hunt’s Food and Supplies who have donated the major food items to the chefs. This ensures that costs for this event are kept to a minimum and that all proceeds can be applied to the Youth Development Fund.”

The Cook-Off is being held to raise funds for the ADHT Youth Development Programme. In addition to sending a student to the 2013 ADHT conference to be held in Lafayette, Louisiana this year, in the future money from this fund will be used to develop an ADHT colouring book for 4 – 7yr olds showcasing the various ADHT sites. Plans are to provide this book free of charge to students in this age group.

This year’s Cook-Off has special significance as the ADHT is partnering with CedarBridge Academy [CBA] to assist the school in sending up to six of their students to this year’s ADHT Conference.

At a recent presentation by the ADHT a teacher from CBA saw the connection between what the ADHT is doing and the goal of her Preserving Our Heritage course which “seeks to teach students to not only appreciate their local heritage but also the importance of documenting and preserving it using modern technology”.

She felt that the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference would allow her students the unique experience of seeing how a cultural concept that started in their small island country was spreading across the Diaspora, hopefully engendering in them a sense of national pride. In keeping with the goal of the course students would have the opportunity to talk with persons from across the Diaspora about how other countries “preserve their heritage”.

The spokesperson said,”We welcome interested partners like CBA who share our goals of educating the community, especially young people, about Bermuda, Africa and the Diaspora. ”

The African Diaspora Heritage Trail [ADHT] is an international cultural initiative that promotes socially conscious travel to sites identified as relevant and important to the global narrative of the people and culture of Africa. It is designed to educate and safeguard the core values and creativity of African cultures and history in each of the host countries.

Tickets are $25 when bought ahead of the event or $30 at the door. Tickets are available from 27th Century Boutique, the chefs themselves, members of the committee or by emailing maxine@adht.bm to reserve a ticket.

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