Krewe of Charleston Announces Gumbo Cookoff

There are nearly half a dozen significant holidays between now and Mardi Gras, but the Krewe of Charleston is encouraging home cooks to start planning their gumbos.

The group is staging a Gumbo Cookoff on Feb. 9, in conjunction with its Grand Finale event at the Charleston Area Convention Center. “The rules are simple,” Krewe captain Donnie Bulliard writes. “Gotta be from scratch and made with fresh ingredients.”

Prizes will be awarded for the Best Chicken and Sausage Gumbo; Best Seafood Gumbo; Best Presentation; People’s Choice and Best in Show. To register, e-mail or call 408-5261.