Everything you need to know about Taste of Gumbo’s food options, times, lineup

Published 12:18 am Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Fourteen food services and caterers are confirmed as participants for the 33rd Taste of Gumbo this weekend at the Bob Bowers Civic Center.

The fundraiser for Rotary Club of Port Arthur is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We are grateful to the participating restaurants that will provide the delicious gumbo, including: Chick-Fil-A, Edith’s Place, Texas Roadhouse, Floyd’s, La Suprema, Schooner’s, Hospitality Center, The Avenue, Neches River Wheelhouse, Cedric Sullivan Catering, Nachos Queen, Rao’s Bakery, Larry’s French Market & Cajun Restaurant and Seafarer’s Center,” Dr. Johnny Brown, aka “King Gumbo,” wrote in a news release. Employees from Texas Gas Service also will bring their gumbo.

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“This event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors: Dillard’s Department Store; Lowe’s of Port Arthur; Walmart – Twin City and Memorial, Regina Rogers, Fred Vernon, Mid-America Contractors; BBVA Compass Bank, Motiva Refinery and B & B Ice and Water Company. We welcome any additional sponsorship support,” Brown wrote.

He added The Rotary Club of Port Arthur is a service organization that encourages and fosters the ideal of service to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional individuals.

Taste of Gumbo brings “to the table” people from diverse neighborhoods and backgrounds to enjoy the opportunity to fellowship and dine together for the benefit of others needing assistance, he wrote.

All proceeds will benefit charitable organizations and community programs such as the Salvation Army, Capland Speech Therapy Center, Community Care-Prayer Outreach, and college scholarships for Port Arthur students.

Tickets are available via the Port Arthur Rotary Club Taste of Gumbo Facebook page and by purchase from club members for $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

“In addition to enjoying gumbo, we will be entertained by a band made up of Rotary Club and community members, led by Dr. Barry Davis,” Brown wrote.

“Children can have fun playing games such as Megatronix’s Laser and Archery Tag. Participants of all ages can visit the photo booth. The day’s activities will include a silent auction with great items, including both a 55-inch and 65-inch TV.

“To top it all off, you can purchase $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win a $600 pit boss charbroil grill.”

For additional information or to become a sponsor, email treasurer Debra Poindexter at 1516dgbb@gmail.com or Brown at johnnedwardbrown@aol.com.