Meraux Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Cook-off for the Coast: Wild Game Edition

Culinary Competition Free and Open to the Public, Offers Unique Dining Experience

The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation will be hosting the second annual Cook-off for the Coast on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Docville Farm (5124 E Saint Bernard Hwy, Violet, La. 70092).

Cook teams will prepare dishes of wild game from Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, which attendees can enjoy. Proceeds will benefit the St. Bernard Parish 4-H’s and Nunez Community College’s work on coastal restoration.

“If it flies, walks, crawls, or swims along our coast, cook teams will be serving it up!” said Blaise Pezold, the Meraux Foundation’s coastal and environmental program manager, who is helping organize the event. “The Cook-off is a tasty way for families to enjoy a Saturday while supporting a worthwhile cause.”

Headlining the entertainment will be The Michot Melody Makers, an electric string band pushing the boundaries of Cajun traditional music. Abita will be providing beer. Admission to the Cook-off is free.

The event is being presented in partnership by the Meraux Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Vanishing Paradise, and the St. Bernard Parish Coastal Department.

The cook teams will provide sample dishes that highlight the bounty of coastal Louisiana in one or more of the following categories: Water (fish, shellfish, reptiles, etc.), Air (duck, etc.), Land (game, deer, wild boar, etc.) and Best Overall. Judges will select winners in each category.

Applications are still open for Cook teams, but space is limited. There is a $50 registration fee, and anyone interested in should contact Pezold at 504-264-8125 or

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