Check out this great article by Brandon Robert of the Nola Defender. He got first hand experience of what it takes to serve up Crawfish Monica to so many wonderful people at Jazz Fest.
By Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The Times-Picayune on April 25, 2013 at 10:08 PM, updated April 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM
In the early 1980s, Pierre Hilzim created a spicy cream sauce, tossed it with pasta and crawfish tails and named it for his wife, Monica. It was a loving tribute.
And a profitable one.
In the years since then, the couple estimates they've served more than 1 million bowls of Crawfish Monica, arguably the New Orleans Jazz Fest's most famous food.
The recipe is a trade secret of Kajun Kettle Foods Inc., Hilzim's, and his wife, Monica Davidson's food production company, located in an 86,000-square-foot facility in Elmwood.
The couple founded Kajun Kettle in 1981. Today it produces more than 160 sauces, soups, entrees, salad dressings and side dishes for restaurants and packaged food brands.
Crawfish Monica is the company's star. And Jazz Fest is its biggest stage, but not it's only one....
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Crawfish Monica and Other Jazz Fest Wonders
by Amanda Raborn on April 16, 2013
If you’ve been to Jazz Fest, I’m certain you’ve eaten Crawfish Monica and then immediately wanted to meet the angel who created this simple yet delicious dish. Well, now is your chance. On this episode of GoNOLA Radio, our hosts speak with Pierre Hilzim and Monica Davidson, the President and Vice President of Kajun Kettle Foods, Inc. to discuss their 30th anniversary of serving their food at Jazz Fest as well as their delicious signature dish and its origins.
Hear some of Monica and Pierre’s special Jazz Fest anecdotes from hearing Bruce Springsteen’s extended sound check to serving Crawfish Monica to Paul Prudhomme all before even getting to the unique cultural experience Jazz Fest offers. Whether you’re browsing the art marketplaces or observing the Mardi Gras Indians, this festival lets the world in on sacred New Orleans culture. And of course, you’ll hear about the fantastic local artists as well as headliners that everyone will love!
So sit back, turn up your speakers and get in the Jazz Fest spirit with this episode of GoNOLA Radio! Find the unparalleled Crawfish Monica at Jazz Fest in Food Area II.
GoNOLA Radio is a free New Orleans podcast hosted by Sunpie Barnes, Lorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko about the food, music and culture of the Crescent City. Subscribe to GoNOLA Radio on iTunes or download to your mobile device on Stitcher. GoNOLA Radio features music by Cale Pellick.
(Thanks to GoNOLA Radio, visit them and listen to the podcast. Article is from their website at http://www.gonola.com)
A TRIBUTE TO TOUSSAINT
April 30, 2013
NOAAHH benefit concert honoring co-founder Allen Toussaint's 75th birthday.
A star-studded lineup paying tribute to the man and his influence on the music world.
Harrah's New Orleans Theatre
8:30PM - 11:PM
Reserved Seating tickets are $250 and $300.
For ticket information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patron Party for Sponsors - 6:30-7:30
For Sponsorship information contact Claudette Hymel-Grilletta at email@example.com.
Visit the NOAAHH website for more information and for information on how to get involved with New Orleans Artists Against Hunger at http://noaahh.org/
This is Crawfish Monica®’s 30th year at Jazz Fest. Come and help us celebrate our birthday at home and on the road!
Kajun Kettle Foods will be celebrating this momentous milestone with two encore festival appearances nationally as well as online giveaways. Enter to win your free goodies online, from a Crawfish Monica® dinner for 30, to our hats and special commemorative t-shirts! To enter, you can logon at: www.crawfishmonica.com. We will announce when the contest is open! Keep watching for it!
Over the years, we have sold about one million bowls from our booth, and given away well over $2 million in charitable food donations. Some of the recipients have included NOAAHH, Each One Save One, WYES, STAIR, and countless others.
Additionally, after Katrina, we set up a ‘food station’ in Kajun Kettle’s factory, where we prepared hundreds of thousands of free meals. They were then delivered throughout the Greater New Orleans Area with the help of scores of Chef Volunteers from around the country.
So, when you buy a bowl of Crawfish Monica®, you not only get a delicious dish, you also help support our city’s recovery.
Crawfish Monica® will also be at festivals in Brooklyn and Chicago this year! After 30 years of fun, feeding and frivolity in the Big Easy, Crawfish Monica® is celebrating by going on the road.
There will be encore appearances at two more Fests: Googa Mooga Brooklyn, May 17th-19th after Jazz Fest and at Googa Mooga Chicago in August 23rd-25th. Check it out at www.googamooga.com. Tell your friends in Brooklyn and Chicago to come and try the dish called “One of the Festival’s Culinary Masterpieces”, “The Grande Dame of Jazz Fest foods, “A little bit of heaven on earth” “(among) the Best of Louisiana’s Culinary heritage” and our favorite commentary, “ It was so good. Like, I’ll never forget it good”.
Join us at our three locations this year and help us celebrate our 30th Birthday!!!
Kajun Kettle Foods ~ 405 Alpha Dr ~ Destrehan, LA 70047 ~ 800-331-9612
© 2013 Kajun Kettle Foods, Inc.
© 2013 Kajun Kettle Foods, Inc.