It sounds like an odd combination, but the idea of gumbo and chili on the same menu is growing on me. Saturday, April 2, the University of South Alabama College of Medicine will be having its Gumbo/Chili Showdown at Ladd Stadium.

Teams of five will be competing to see who has the best bowl of gumbo or chili (not a hybrid form of the two) to raise money for the Reagan Robinson Young Scholarship fund. The event begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the USA Jaguars’ spring football game.

Tickets to the event are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Entry includes a cup of each team’s pride as well as fun and games for the kids and live music leading up to the game at noon. Kids 10 and under get in free. To order tickets or to receive more information about forming your own team of five, contact gumbochili@gmail.com.

St. Paddy’s celebration to bring lots of food and fun

When the greenest holiday falls just after midweek it can almost be a blessing for celebrants who crave a double dose. Here’s to hoping your liver can handle it!

With St. Patrick’s Day cranking up Thursday of next week, Callaghan’s will be the logical spot to start the celebration. Get ready for Irish music all day as well as corned beef and cabbage. I can’t wait to see that countdown clock roll over. As they say, you can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning. The party begins in the OGD Thursday for the die-hard Irish. The weekend Irish will have to wait for Saturday.

The schedule is full Saturday, March 19, with the Azalea Trail run stirring up some appetites followed by the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off in Cathedral Square presented by Cunningham Bounds from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The success of the inaugural event last year brought it back again for more punch, as teams are already fired up and ready to knock your socks off. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Child Advocacy Center (www.cacmobile.org), both Mellow Mushroom Mobile locations and BugMaster locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Price is $15 on the day of the event.

Go easy on yourself, though. Like Mardi Gras, this day will be a marathon, not a sprint. Following the Cajun Cook-Off it’s a return to Callaghan’s for tons of live music beginning at 11 a.m. and stretching on for the street party nobody in this city should dare miss. “Saints preserve us and protect us. We’ve been drinking whiskey ‘fore breakfast!”

St. Mary’s announces date for Crawfish and Bluegrass
It’s one of the most important food events of the year as thousands of pounds of crawfish sacrifice their lives for the bellies of Mobile’s hungry. The St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza is coming to the campus at Old Shell Road April 16. Mark your calendars as we get ready for our city’s largest boil. More details are coming soon.

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