Posted: Friday, 09 May 2014 8:24AM
New Orleans may make mudbug history
What should be 'The World's Largest Crawfish Boil' will be held Saturday in Champions Square, next to the Superdome.
This year is Zatarain's 125th birthday, and they're celebrating with the biggest crawfish boil New Orleans and the world has ever seen.
Zatarain's General Manager, Michael Morse, says they've ordered 25-thousand pounds of mudbugs for the boil. And, they'll be bargain priced to benefit a great local organization.
"We are selling three pound servings of crawfish for three dollars a serving," says Morse. "And all the money raised is going to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank."
The event, itself, is free and live music will be provided by New Orleans funk-rock bands Big Sam's Funky Nation and Flow Tribe.
Morse says they actually hope to set a couple of records.
"We're going for the largest number of mudbugs boiled in a day and the largest number of attendees at a crawfish boil in one day."
The 25,000 pounds of mudbugs they've ordered should set that first record, and you can help establish the second. Just by peeling some tails and enjoying the local music, you can be a part of history.
"There is a Guinness record for largest attendance, held by an LSU alumni group in Southern California," Morse says. "We want to bring the record here and have the record remain here in New Orleans...or, at least, in the Gulf South region."
They'll start serving them up at noon Saturday, and Morse suggests you get there early.
"They'll start boiling roughly about 5:30 Saturday morning and we'll keep going until we've boiled them all and consumed them all."
The event is planned to run until 6 p.m.
Some 1,500 pounds of Zatarain's Crab Boil will make the mudbugs especially tasty, and Morse hopes plenty of local folks will help themselves to a taste, while lending a hand to help others.
"We're going to feed a couple thousand people on Saturday, but we're going to raise enough money to feed a couple hundred thousand people through Second Harvest and the great work that those folks do."
Zatarain's has been a local fixture since its founding.
"Our manufacturing plant is in Gretna, and has been since the mid 60s," Morse says. "We started 125 years ago, uptown on Valmont Street."
Morse says the crawfish boil and celebration is their own special way of saying thanks to the city and people that have been jazzing it up with Zatarain's ever since.