Last year’s was such a big success there’s no reason to think this year’s can’t be even better. The 2nd annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off presented by Cunningham Bounds is slated for Saturday, March 19, at beautiful Cathedral Square benefiting the Child Advocacy Center. Imagine 22 of downtown’s favorite restaurants meeting head to head in a battle royal with some mighty fine cuisine. Last year’s competitors brought their “A” game and served up some of the finest jambalaya ever.

Bud Light will sponsor the Zydeco Stage, featuring live music throughout the event. Other sponsors include Hancock Bank, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Wind Creek Casino Atmore, Greer’s and Conecuh Sausage.

Fox10 News is the TV sponsor, with chief meteorologist Jason Smith serving as the event’s honorary chairman. You’ll be hearing a lot from radio sponsor 92ZEW over the next few weeks.

The Cook-Off runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For more information visit or call the Child Advocacy Center at 251-432-1101.

Another Broken Egg hatches in Fairhope
If you have never been to one of the popular Another Broken Egg restaurants, you don’t know what you’re missing. I’m a fan. We’re only a few short weeks away from the first in this area, which will open Monday, March 7, in Fairhope at 300 Fairhope Ave. This will be the second location in Alabama and the 54th in the nation.

Leading up to the opening, the public will be invited to dine free of charge as part of three fundraising events. Donations to support these organizations can be made following the meal in the form of cash, check or credit card.

The first event is Thursday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for Ecumenical Ministries of Baldwin County (, who provide services locally to low-income families and individuals. The following day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the fundraiser is for the Baldwin County Humane Society (, a no-kill animal welfare adoption agency. And on Saturday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., donations will benefit the Eastern Shore Arts Center (, which connects people of all ages and disabilities with arts education, exhibitions and outreach activities.

Another Broken Egg Cafe originated in Mandeville, Louisiana. Each location operates daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closing only on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you’d like to know more about this operation visit