by Steven Doyle photo by Robert Bostick
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, Chef Tim Byres of Smoke, Chicken Scratch, The Foundry, Bar Belmont and Outpost American Tavern and Jim Gossen, President and CEO of Louisiana Foods, host the first annual Salute to King Creole Crawfish Festival at Chicken Scratch and The Foundry. Celebrating all things Louisiana, guests can “laissez les bon temps rouler” with crawfish tastings, drinks provided by Stoli Vodka and Peticolas Brewing Company, and live entertainment from the Zydeco Stingrays on The Foundry’s outdoor stage.
Beginning at 4:30pm, revelers are invited to let the good times roll with Creole tastings created by the joined forces of Jim Gossen and Chef Tim Byres. Tastes will be served throughout the compound at separate stations including a Gumbo Station, Oyster Station, and of course, an authentic Crawfish Boil Station filled with farm-raised Louisiana crawfish gussied up with special herbs and spices. Besides the good eatin’, festival-goers will enjoy cocktails provided by Stoli and beer provided by Dallas’ own Peticolas Brewing Company.
In addition to the Louisiana chow-down, local artist John Arseneau of Elm St. Tattoo will be slingin’ ink on all in favor of a custom-made, Creole-themed tattoo, and Fort Worth’s favorite zydeco-rock band, the Zydeco Stingrays, will be performing throughout the day on The Foundry’s rustic stage.
“Jim Gossen is King Creole. When I think of seafood from the Gulf Coast I think of Louisiana Foods. I’m thrilled he is joining us to kick off the season,” said Byres.
Native to Louisiana with Cajun roots, Jim Gossen has been an innovative and tireless leader for the recovery of and improved sustainability of the Gulf’s seafood industry. Working for the industry as President and CEO of Louisiana Foods of Houston, Texas, Gossen has supported the diverse cultural heritage of the seafood industry, promoted sustainable fisheries through innovative marketing and has been an ambassador for the regions fishermen.
As a founding member of Foodways Texas, an organization that promotes the cultural importance of the Gulf and the food that surrounds that culture, Gossen’s participation in the Salute to King Creole Crawfish Festival pays homage to Foodways Texas’ mission to “preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas.”
For $15 per person ($20 at the door) guests will enjoy all-you-can-eat gumbo, oysters and crawfish as well as a cash bar stocked with Stoli Vodka and brews from Peticolas Brewing Company. Tickets may be purchased online at their website. Chicken Scratch and The Foundry will remain open and will continue serving their regular menu to those not participating in the Salute to King Creole Crawfish Festival.