‘Gumbo Bowl’ to aid Alabama tornado victims

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In light of the catastrophic tornados that ripped through Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 27, 2011, chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto along with former Alabama Football All American and All Pro Miami Dolphins legend Bob Baumhower have joined together to raise money for tornado relief.

The chefs have created this charitable event to assist those in communities still suffering and rebuilding from the tragic losses. On Nov. 5, 2011 – the day of the much-publicized grudge match between the highly ranked University of Alabama and Louisiana State University football teams – the chefs will kick off the first-ever LouisiBama Gumbo Bowl at the University of Alabama, next to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The 116-year-old rivalry between the two schools will be set aside temporarily as Louisianians and Alabamians come together in friendship to raise money for Nick’s Kids Fund and Caring Days Adult Day Care, two local nonprofit organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the greater Tuscaloosa community to restore areas and services that were hit hard by the tornadoes.

The centerpiece of the day-long Gumbo Bowl extravaganza will be the creation of the world’s largest pot of gumbo by chefs Folse and Tramonto, along with Baumhower and his executive chef, Steve Zucker. The team will create a monster pot of gumbo, using a 300-year-old cast iron pot from the sugar cane fields of south Louisiana. The recipe calls for 750 pounds of shrimp, 450 pounds of catfish fillets, 100 pounds of claw crabmeat, 50 pounds of white crabmeat, 200 pounds of alligator meat, 25 pounds of Louisiana crawfish tail meat, 200 pounds of diced onions, 75 pounds of diced celery, 100 pounds of diced green bell pepper, 150 pounds of sliced okra, 50 pounds of dehydrated garlic and 20 pounds of butter. After simmering for three hours, the pot will be weighed via a forklift, and the world record will be confirmed by Guinness World Records.

Then, the delicious, steaming contents will be doled out to hungry football fans during the spirited pregame tailgate.