Tennessee Equality Project 2013 Gumbo Tasting Competition Invitation, Rules and Entry Form

Dear Gumbo Tasting Contestant: Tennessee Equality Project is proud to host its 5th Annual Mardi Gras Party and this year’s third Gumbo Tasting Competition on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM at Earnestine & Hazel's at 531 South Main Street in Downtown Memphis. The ingredients of gumbo are as diverse as the LGBT and allied community and we will celebrate this in Mardi Gras style. Funds raised in the competition will benefit TEP to advance and protect the equality of LGBT people and their families in Tennessee. Please review the following competition rules and Gumbo Tasting Entry Form for 2013. We hope you are as excited about the event as we are. Please send your completed entry form by Feb. 1, 2013. Registrations are limited and will be assigned on a first-come basis. Judging Criteria. The Gumbo Tasting Competition shall be blind judged on the following criteria by professional chefs, restaurateurs, foodies, and other public figures in the Memphis area: AROMA: Gumbo should smell appetizing. CONSISTENCY: Gumbo should be a smooth combination of ingredients and roux. TASTE: Gumbo should taste good. AFTERTASTE: Gumbo should leave a pleasant taste. First, Second and Third Place winners will be declared for Professional Judges and for People’s Choice awards. Upon receipt of your completed Entry Form, you will be assigned a team station. Laissez les bons temps rouler! The Shelby County Committee Tennessee Equality Project
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Competition Rules

1. All contestants must pre-register for the Gumbo contest prior to February 1, 2012 to guarantee space in the competition. The team registration fee is $25. 2. We welcome all sorts of gumbo. True Gumbo is defined as any kind of seafood or shellfish, cooked with various spices and vegetables, cooked in a roux and served similar to a soup or stew. However, we only require that you prepare a roux to call your entry a gumbo. Non-seafood and vegetarian gumbo shall be accepted. 3. All Gumbo must be prepared in advance for the competition. There will be no kitchen facility available to cook or prepare Gumbo on site. Gumbo teams must provide their own source of heat to keep your Gumbo warm. Due to the age of the building, Earnestine and Hazel's does not have many available electrical outlets. Electric heat sources will not be available. We recommend you use Sterno or “canned heat”. Teams must take precautions in preparing Gumbo. If you prepare, cool and reheat your Gumbo before the competition, please make sure that you refrigerate your Gumbo by dividing it for rapid cooling. Failure to do so increases the risk for food poisoning. 4. TEP will provide standardized serving utensils, bowls and white rice during the tasting. 5. Gumbo teams may be of any size. At least one team member (but no more than 3) must be available to serve their team’s Gumbo at their station during the tasting competition. Teams are responsible for arriving 1 hour early for the event (3:30 PM) to set up their stations. 6. Each team must cook a minimum of two (2) gallons of gumbo – once first Judge’s tasting is completed, each team must reserve additional gumbo for People’s Choice judging. 7. On the day of the competition, each team shall be assigned a serving station at a table no less than two (2) feet and no more than three (3) feet wide (teams must plan to fit into their assigned space. Teams shall be assigned a number and given official bowls for serving Gumbo. Teams must post the major ingredients used to make your Gumbo at your station. A container with your team number will be provided at your station for People’s Choice voting. Station decoration and Mardi Gras attire are encouraged. 8. Event staff shall assist teams in preparing five (5) numbered bowls issued to them and delivering a small serving of their Gumbo to the Judge’s Panel area beginning at 4:45 PM. 9. People's Choice Gumbo is judged only by public vote. The gumbo with the most votes becomes the winner. Each taster will be given one voting ticket. When tasters finish sampling gumbo, they will place their ticket in the station container in front of their favorite gumbo. Tickets will be counted to make awards for First, Second, and Third Place. If you have the most gumbo and friends at the cook off, you might get the most votes! 10. The decision of the Judges is final and will be announced on stage at 6 pm. 11. Beer and other non-alcoholic beverages will be sold by Earnestine & Hazels during the event. IDs will be checked. 12. When the tasting competition is closed at 6:30 pm, each team is responsible for clean up of their area and removal of everything brought to the event. 13. Registered gumbo teams shall be given 3 general admission tickets for tasting other gumbos for the People's Choice Award. Individual team members beyond the first 3 team members must purchase general admission tickets ($10/person) to participate in the People's Choice tasting. Gumbo team members are encouraged to participate in the judging for People’s Choice Awards. ACT NOW TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A SPACE IN THE GUMBO TASTING! SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY FORM BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1. Spaces for team registration are limited and are assigned as Entry forms are received.


STEP 1: Complete the registration form below and click "submit". STEP 2: Pay your $25 registration fee (you'll be prompted with a message containing a link to http://tepmardigras2013.bpt.me to complete payment)


All slots for gumbo teams have been filled. No new registrations can be accepted. Please join us on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 PM for the TEP Gumbo Contest. TEP encourages you to purchase your tasting ticket for the People's Choice competition at http://tepmardigras2013.bpt.me. Tickets are just $10.

By clicking "Submit," I, as team leader, have read and understand the rules of the competition and agree on behalf of my team to follow them.

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