The Glass Onion Gears Up for Mardi Gras

To celebrate Mardi Gras, The Glass Onion is offering a free slice of king cake to costumed diners tomorrow night.

Also in honor of the holiday, the West Ashley restaurant is serving po boys, gumbo, crawfish etoufee and sazeracs. Its standard Tuesday night fried chicken will be accompanied by red beans and rice. And co-owner Sarah O’Kelley promises there will be beads.

The Glass Onion is located at 1219 Savannah Hwy.

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 captain@charlestonmardigras.com or call 408-5261.