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Greater New Orleans Area 
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July/August 2011

Red Beans ‘n Rice Cook-Off a Recipe for Success


Reagan Welch, left, Riley Howell and Caitlin Bologna of the “Kids Wanna Help” Lemonade Brigade, which won the People's Choice Award.


United Way serving St. Tammany's Seventh Annual Red Beans 'n Rice Cook-Off was a winning recipe this year, with the parish once again holding two separate cook-offs, one in the East and one in the West. The events jump started the parish's 2011-2012 Campaign Season. For only $8 a person, attendees enjoyed all the red beans and rice they could eat and much more.



In the East
The first installation of the seventh annual Cook-Off was held in East St. Tammany on Monday, August 1st at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Slidell. Chris Kaufmann, St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1 Chief of Administration, and Slidell Police Captain Kevin Foltz served as co-chairmen of the event.

Les' Silver Slipper team celebrates their first place win.

Celebrity judges for the Eastern event included Rene Arcemont; Dale Kimball; Shelly Brown; Nolan LeFort and Carol Wolfram (Best Beans), and Debbie LeFort and Mary DuBuisson (Best Booth). WWL-TV4 Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo III served as Honorary Chairman.

Best Beans:
First Place – Silver Slipper Casino “Les’ SilverSlipper”
Second Place – City of Slidell
Third Place – Slidell Firefighters Association
People’s Choice (Most money raised) – Kids Wanna Help

Best Decorated Booth:
First Place – Slidell Police Association “SPA GAS”
Honorable Mention – Northshore Harbor Center ­

The Capital One Bank team celebrates their first place win.


In the West
The West St. Tammany portion of the Cook-Off was held on Monday, August 8th at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church in Mandeville. Stephen Krentel, Deputy Chief STP Fire District #12, and Fire Chief STP Fire District #4 Merrick Tassin served as co-chairmen of the event.

Celebrity judges included Dennis Bechac; Gordon Booie; Liam Dixon; Zondra Jones and Joe Omner (Beast Beans), and Nancy Forrest; Joshua Richardson; Lynn Ruffin and David Spear (Best Booth). Covington Mayor Mike Cooper and Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere served as honorary chairmen.

St. Tammany Parish Fire District #12 won both second place in “Best Beans” AND the first ever “Best Fire Beans” Award.
The New Orleans Hornet's Honey Bees, Hugo and the Buzz Patrol were also on hand to pass out souvenirs and take pictures with the guests.

For the first time this year, the seven fire districts from Slidell, Mandeville, Madisonville, Covington, Folsom, Bush and City of Covington vied for the title of “Best Fire House Beans” at the West Cook-Off. The winners, STP Fire District #12, chosen by a panel of judges, earned an artist-decorated firefighter’s helmet, which they will keep until passing it on at next year’s event.


Best Beans:
First Place – Capital One Bank
Second Place – St. Tammany Parish Fire District #12 (Covington)
Third Place – Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West
People’s Choice (Most money raised) – Lakeview Regional Hospital

Best Decorated Booth:
Safe Harbor’s “Who Bean in My Garden” won best booth decorations.
First Place – Safe Harbor’s “Who Bean in My Garden?" Honorable Mention – Lakeview Regional Hospital


A Winning Recipe

Both events combined raised over $13,700.  The money raised will support the local nonprofit community partners who participated in the agency fairs, and the St. Tammany Crisis Response program, which provides counseling, information, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services. Additional information is available at www.itsoktotalkaboutit.org.

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See full coverage from these events in the Times Picayune/Nola.com:





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serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines,
St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa 
and Washington Parishes
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