In 1703, the settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile, later Mobile, celebrated America’s very first Mardi Gras. Meaning “fat Tuesday” in French, the holiday falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and while historically a religious celebration, today it has taken on a much more laidback and revelrous tone.
You probably know Mardi Gras as the parade-filled, purple, green, and gold, boozy holiday. That’s the one we’re celebrating! We’re focusing on the “Fat Tuesday” part and we’ve rounded up our favorite dishes and delicacies to help you celebrate this holiday properly.
If you had to make a list of the most iconic New Orleans foods, we guarantee gumbo would top the list. Did you know it’s the state of Louisiana’s official cuisine? The dish combines the culinary practices of many cultures including French, Spanish, German, Filipino, West African, and Choctaw. Restaurant Revolution’s take on the Cajun-Creole meal is the most over-the-top version you’ll ever taste. With the Gumbo Fest package, you’ll receive 12 servings of gumbo including their classic chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, a fresh seafood gumbo and their signature Death by Gumbo which incorporates whole stuffed quails! You can feed an entire party with this creamy gumbo or save it all for yourself.
To really embrace the “Fat” part of “Fat Tuesday,” you really have to multitask. Knock out three birds with one dish with Gourmet Butcher Block’s All-Madden Turducken! You won’t believe your eyes when you see this turkey stuffed with a duck and then, stuffed with a chicken. In addition to three tasty birds, you’ll also find layers of sausage stuffing and cornbread dressing. This 17 lb masterpiece is an impressive feat that is sure to make you feel stuffed, too.
Since Mardi Gras falls in the middle of winter, it’s the perfect time to indulge in some hearty soups. Restaurant Revolution offers a spectacular Custom Soup Pack that lets you select your favorites to be shipped directly to your front door for Mardi Gras. Choose from a creamy Truffled Lobster Bisque, Roasted Portabella Bisque, Shrimp, Corn & Crab Bisque or Chicken & Andouille Gumbo. These classic soups are sure to warm you up and fill you up!
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It’s not truly Mardi Gras without a King Cake! Maurice French Pastries serves a Traditional New Orleans King Cake with flavorful cinnamon-infused hand-braided brioche bread, glazed with a creamy icing, before being topped and iced with purple, green and gold sugar. Maurice French Pastries also offers a traditional French King Cake filled with rum-flavored almond filling and topped with a golden king’s crown. Restaurant Revolution’s take on the King Cake features either Traditional Cinnamon or a unique Cinnamon-Praline flavor. Will you be the lucky reveler to find the baby hidden in the King Cake? If you are, expect prosperity and good fortune to come your way this year!
No matter how you choose to celebrate Mardi Gras, your festivities aren’t complete without these delicious picks. Head to FoodyDirect for more New Orleans Mardi Gras classics, as well as tons of other delights, delivered right to your front door to fill your belly.