Mardi Gras translated to English means "Fat Tuesday".  Mardi Gras, an annual celebration, is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of solemnity and penance for Catholics.  Lent ends on Easter Sunday.  Because many of the Acadians (Cajuns as they became known) who migrated to South Louisiana in the mid-1700's were and still are catholic, they celegrated, and continue to celebrate Mardi Gras as part of their culture.  In addition to the well known New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, many of the small towns and cities across Louth Louisiana celebrate Mardi Gras with a series of balls and parties several weeks prior to the actual Mardi Gras day.  Unfortunately, due to COVID, many celebrations were cancelled last year and this year.  But, there's always next year!  Mardi is Tuesday March 1, 2022.  Anyone in for a trip to South Louisiana to celebrate?

Cajuns are know for the joie de vivre (joy of living) and like to eat and drink anytime of the year! An abundance of Gulf of Mexico seafood and locally caught fish and crawfish, paired with locally grown and raised meats and vegetables provides the basis for wonderful Cajun dishes such as gumbos, etoufees, jambalayas, and shrimp, crab, and crawfish boils.

Food and wine pairings: Creamy etoufees, crab or shrimp bisque, crawfish or shrimp boils call for a Bookshelf Wines Dichotomy (white pinot noir). The crisp, fruity flavors bring out the best of Louisiana seafood seafood. Seafood gumbo pairs well with Dichotomy as well as our 2018 Chardonnay or Viognier. Spicy jambalaya calls for Bookshelf Wines Zinfandel. Try red beans and rice with our Pinot Noir.

Dessert: King Cake of course!  Pair King Cake with a slightly sweet wine like our Sweetness to get the most flavor the cake.

Allons manger!  Let's eat!