City’s top restaurants, hotels to compete in United Way, Royal Sonesta’s 18th annual Got Gumbo? Cook-Off

Proceeds benefit a gumbo of services

United Way of Southeast Louisiana presents its 18th annual Got Gumbo? Cook-Off on Thursday, March 8, at Royal Sonesta New Orleans. We’ve invited the New Orleans’ most talented chefs to put up their dukes, or rather, their dishes in our annual parade of gumbo.

Competitors will vie for best traditional gumbo, best exotic gumbo, and best seafood gumbo. All ticketholders can vote for the people’s choice awards of best gumbo, best dessert, and best table “float” decorations. 

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 30, for $30 in advance at through Wednesday, March 7, and $35 at the door.

Participating restaurants include: 1718 Events at Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Corporation Bar & Grill, New Orleans School of Cooking, 5 Fifty 5 New Orleans Marriott, Charlie's Restaurant, Creole Cuisine Special Events and Catering, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, Desire Oyster Bar, M Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Morton's The Steakhouse, New Orleans Steamboat Company / Steamboat Natchez, NOPSI Hotel Catering, Public Service at NOPSI Hotel, Restaurant R'evolution, Silk Road, Sodexo at Tulane University, and more.

While the competition is all in good fun, the cause is serious. To put it simply, United Way supports the programs that support 43 percent of the population living in or near poverty in our seven-parish service area; Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes.   

The event’s emcee and Krewe de Gumbo panel of celebrity judges and will be announced in the coming weeks.  


About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
For more than 90 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA.