Sun Belt Jambalaya Cook-Off

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Do you have the best Jambalaya or Tailgate Dish? Show us what you’ve got at the Sun Belt Saturday Jambalaya Cook-Off! 
 
Saturday, March 15
Lakefront Arena 
 
Teams enjoy Bucktown All-Stars, beer tickets, Basketball game tickets, VIP access to the sky box & a gift bag sponsored by the Jambalaya Girl of Cook Me Something Mister! 

 

Download Entry Form: Sun_Belt_Cook-Off_Form

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#NOLABound Tailgate Tour with Sun Belt Conference

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#NOLABound at UT Arlington

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Sun Belt Conference Basketball is #NOLABound!
 
NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference is bringing a taste of New Orleans to its basketball games in anticipation of the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships on March 12-16. The Sun Belt Conference wants everyone to live and breathe the spirit of New Orleans before they are #NOLABound for the tournament in March!
 
The #NOLABound Tailgate Tour presented by Cook Me Somethin’ Mister! and Blue Rhino will be making stops at various Sun Belt Conference basketball contests beginning in early January up until the final weekend of conference play. The New Orleans-themed gameday tailgate will give fans a preview of the spirited festivities surrounding the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships that will greet them upon arriving in New Orleans.
 
Help participate in the unprecedented buzz leading up to this season’s tournament as we get #NOLABound trending on your campus and nationwide leading up to the first tip of championship action in mid-March. To join the excitement leading up to the tournament and share with us your #NOLABound Tailgate Tour memories, use the Twitter and Instagram hashtag #NOLABound.
 
Cook Me Somethin’ Mister!, featured on Food Network’s “Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri”, and its homemade recipe of jambalaya will be the main attraction for fans to enjoy prior to the selected games as part of the #NOLABound Tailgate Tour.

 

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The sun is out & so is the @jambalayagirl! We’re at Moore Field @ULRaginCajuns fans, stop by our #NOLABound Tailgate! pic.twitter.com/OTYP1rhmWe

 

#NOLABound Tailgate Tour (All times C.T. unless otherwise noted)
Thursday, January 23 – University of Texas Arlington
Troy Trojans at Mavericks – 8:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, January 25 – Texas State University
Troy Trojans at Bobcats – 4:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, January 25 – Arkansas State University
UALR Trojans at Red Wolves – 7:05 p.m.
 
Thursday, January 30 – University of Louisiana at Monroe
Arkansas State Red Wolves at Warhawks – 7:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, January 30 – Georgia State University
South Alabama Jaguars at Panthers – 7:00 p.m. E.T.
 
Thursday, February 13 – South Alabama University
Arkansas State Red Wolves at Jaguars – 7:05 p.m.
 
Saturday, February 15 – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Arkansas State Red Wolves at Ragin’ Cajuns – 4:15 p.m.
 
Saturday February 15 – Troy University
Georgia State Panthers at Trojans – 7:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, March 6 – Western Kentucky University
UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at Hilltoppers – 7:00 p.m.

 

 

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Feature Story in Specialty Food Magazine

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Jambalaya Girl & Chef Paul Prudhomme host SBA Administrator

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Cook Me Somethin’ Mister and Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends hosted the SBA Administrator for a tour of Prudhomme’s facility, where Cook Me Somethin’ Mister Jambalaya is made in New Orleans. 
 
@SBAgov Admin Hulit gets a lesson in making  jambalaya kits from SBA assisted entrepreneur Kristen Preau ow.ly/i/4mbWx @jambalayagirl

@SBAgov Admin Hulit gets a lesson in making jambalaya kits from SBA assisted entrepreneur Kristen Preau ow.ly/i/4mbWx @jambalayagirl

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Jambalaya Girl Named Top 40 under 40

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Feature story in The Talon, Southern Miss Alumni Magazine

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Cook Me Somethin’ Mister wins Small Business Competition

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Capital One Bank, in partnership with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans Region (LSBDC GNOR) and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO), recently announced that Be Well Nutrition, Inc., is the winner of the “Greaux GNO” business plan competition created to help small businesses in greater New Orleans grow and create jobs. The healthy food and lifestyle company received the grand prize of $20,000 to expand its work using nutritious products for health-conscious consumers.
 
Second-place winner Cook Me Somethin’ Mister, a pre-packaged jambalaya distribution company, received $10,000. The company began as a fundraising venture to support those afflicted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
 
4D Supplements, LLC, won third place, receiving $5,000 to develop its healthy athletics supplement product line. Other finalists included Bonne Terre Landscaping; Dyverse City; Elite Custom Cleaning Services, LLC; Louisiana Sisters; Mondo Murals & Design; and Professional Design Group, Inc.
 
“Greaux GNO is just another example of how Capital One Bank is investing for good in the greater New Orleans community,” said Steve Hemperley, Southeast Louisiana Market President for Capital One Bank. “New Orleans is a thriving city for small business development, and we look forward to seeing this group of entrepreneurs implement their business plans and continue to grow.”
 
In the first and second rounds of the competition earlier this year, applicants attended a minimum of three seminars taught by Capital One’s partners at LSDBC and ULGNO and then submitted one-page letters of intent explaining how they would use the prize monies to grow their businesses if they were to win. In the third round, the applicants submitted full business plans with the assistance of Capital One bankers from greater New Orleans. The six finalists were chosen after a review of the business plans by Capital One Bank, LSDBC and ULGNO.
 
Through an approach called “Investing for Good,” Capital One Bank is committed to delivering core banking services along with specialized community development, philanthropic and volunteer support to generate lasting, local community impact and valuable business results. Activities like Greaux GNO demonstrate Capital One Bank’s long-standing commitment to small business and workforce development.
 
How can the LSBDC make your business a growing success? 
 
We offer business classes and consulting for local entrepreneurs and growing businesses. 
 
Call us today and make an appointment!
 
LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region
504-831-3730
lsbdc.gnor@lsbdc.org
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Jambalaya Girl on WLOX Gulfport, MS

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LSU vs Alabama Charity Tailgating Fundraiser

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What: Alabama fans and LSU fans unite their team spirit to raise money for the West Alabama Food Bank at a charitable tailgating party preceding the Alabama – LSU football game. Fans will be treated to sausage dogs from the Official Smoked Sausage for the Alabama Crimson Tide ‐ Polk’s Meat, Jambalaya from Louisiana’s own Jambalaya Girl of Cook Me Somethin Mister!, who will be cooking in her 100 year old, 30 gallon cast iron pot, and Coke products in exchange for any monetary donation made to the West Alabama Food Bank. Special guest appearances, including Big Al, and entertainment for the family. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the Food Bank.

Where: Cash Saver, 4200 McFarland Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

When: Friday, November 8, 2013 from 11 am until 6 pm (or dusk)

Who: West Alabama Food Bank, Polk’s Meat Products (the Official Smoked Sausage of the Alabama Crimson Tide), Cook Me Somethin’ Mister!, Cash Saver , Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, Coca‐Cola, Flowers Bread.

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Hurricane Katrina Survivor Returning to Louisville to Show Gratitude

Jambalaya Girl coming to Derby City to cook for firefighters and say “Thank You” for hospitality that led to the success of her now thriving business

New Orleans, La – August 29, 2013 –In 2005 the devastation of Hurricane Katrina forced New Orleans resident Kristen Preau and her family to evacuate to Louisville. Now, eight years later Preau, who cooks under the moniker of Jambalaya Girl, is at the helm of a successful business selling her family’s jambalaya rice mix. She knows she may never have accomplished that goal if it weren’t for the hospitality of the residents of Louisville.

Preau will be in Louisville to check on the five Kentuckiana area Sam’s Clubs that carry her product and to show her appreciation for all of the people who helped her. On Thursday, August 29, from 10:00 am until noon, she will commemorate the eight-year anniversary of Katrina by cooking her New Orleans’ Jambalaya for the Firefighters at Fire Engine #4 on 2620 Frankfort Avenue. Her cousin Jeff Schwoeppe is a firefighter at this station and many of the people working there helped her family by holding fundraisers and supporting them at a time when they were at dire straights.

“The city of Louisville and the kindness of its residents, especially the firefighters, gave us the opportunity to have a thriving business today,” said Preau, who is president of Cook Me Somethin’ Mister. “I owe my success in business to this town because they took my family in when we were displaced and I will never forget that.”

When Kristen’s family evacuated to Kentucky during Hurricane Katrina she and her father Paul began cooking jambalaya at tailgating events at universities across the Southeast, including U of L, to help rebuild New Orleans. Some of the first people she cooked for were her cousin Jeff and his firefighter friends. The experience was a revelation for Preau who realized that her love of cooking Jambalaya and her ability to give back to the community were the perfect recipe for a long-term business idea.

“That’s the moment it clicked for me that I could take this jambalaya recipe and turn it into a business,” Preau said. “I owe my success to a combination of a great recipe, an entrepreneurial spirit and the exceptional kindness of the people of Louisville.”

Preau, who transforms herself into Jambalaya Girl by sporting fork earrings, a ponytail and her customary green Cook Me Somethin’ Mister apron got her first taste of national exposure when she was featured on Guy Fieri’s Tailgate Warriors show on the Food Network. One of her biggest breaks however came in February of 2013 when Super Bowl XLVII was held in New Orleans. The former Katrina victim who sought refuge in Louisville beat out over 200 other chefs for the right to cook her Jambalaya for over a thousand guests at the NFL VIP tailgate party.

“That was a real honor and a validation for our company,” said Preau. “The response was amazing and it reinforced the fact that I made the right decision from a business standpoint.”

Preau received further validation of her decision when Sam’s Club recently signed a deal to carry her product in 22 Clubs across six states. She was extremely excited to learn that one of the states carrying her product would be Kentucky.

“The Louisville area locations are very dear to my heart not only because I lived there during Hurricane Katrina but because I have so many friends and family that live in that city,” Preau said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to come back to Louisville on the eight-year anniversary of Katrina.”

About Cook Me Somethin’ Mister

In addition to the 22 Sam’s Clubs, Cook Me Somethin’ Mister Jambalaya Rice Mix can be found in 103 retail locations throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Headquartered in New Orleans, you can order Cook Me Somethin’ Mister products at www.cookmesomethinmister.com.

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