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N’awlins comes to Natchez Friday

Enjoy the French Quarter? Jackson Square? Rex, Comus, Momus and Proteus?

Antoine’s, Galatoire’s, Commander’s Palace and Camellia Grill? Those Superbowl Saints?

Well, this Friday you’ll probably find a bit of each at our own Natchez Convention Center when United Way of the Greater Miss-Lou hosts its sixth annual jambalaya cook-off with a salute to everything great about the Crescent City.

Fifteen cooking teams representing Miss-Lou organizations will be in full regalia trying to outdo each other while producing the best Jambalaya in the Miss-Lou for their hungry fans.

And the public will benefit from the heated competition, with a complete scrumptious jambalaya lunch being offered for a donation of only $6.

Not sure of which recipe suits your taste buds?

Well, for an additional donation of $1 per sample, you can purchase a tasting cup before making your final choice.

“Rosco” from 95 Country and Vidalia Convention Center’s Sherri Rabb will serve as host and hostess, and there will be live music by “Barefoot Tendencies” to keep toes tapping.

Of course, the New Orleans’ themed “fun raiser” is for a good cause and a great way to kick off the United Way’s 2010 fall campaign.

United Way agencies will be on hand to tell their stories regarding the valuable service and support their efforts provide to local residents in need.

In that regard, the United Way of the Greater Miss-Lou has always focused on critical issues, like education, employment and housing.

It takes the whole community working together to reach our goals in these areas, which include helping children and youth succeed, strengthening and supporting families and promoting independence and economic self-sufficiency.

Each year, the annual jambalaya cook-off has sold out, so get there early — the Natchez Convention Center doors open at 11 a.m.

You’ll be treating your taste buds to some great local fare while helping support those who need it most.

Terry Trovato is a board member of the United Way.

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