We're delighted to have been featured in Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)'s beautifully crafted 2013 Annual Report. It's a real privilege to work in such a collaborative and blossoming community.
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Be sure to stop by our booth at the Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality Expo in New Orleans this weekend!
Every year, companies come to New Orleans to exhibit their products and services to an audience of thousands of restaurant owners and operators.
The EXPO is a must for restaurant owners, managers, buyers, hotel food and beverage directors and many others. It’s the only place in Louisiana to gain valuable industry knowledge and shop hundreds of companies under one roof.
Kajun Kettle will be sampling 6 new items at the show.
Kajun Kettle will be at the A Tribute To Toussaint premiere at NOMA on Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Seventh Annual Sync Up Cinema Conference Film Screening at , 1 Collins Diboll Circle. Once the credits roll we will be sponsoring the reception and serving warm bowls of Crawfish Monica!
The documentary features the 2013 New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) benefit concert in celebration of Allen Toussaint's 75th birthday, that featured performances by Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Cyril Neville, Joe Stampley and Joe Henry.
Food has a direct connection to the heart. Last month we received a text from Katherine D. of East Alton, Illinois on Valentines Day, whose Crawfish Monica Kit was delayed due to severe snowy weather. Katherine and her fiance were planning to have a delicious Crawfish Monica kit on the Feast of Saint Valentine and a little snow storm wasn't going to stop them! As the sun set, the Illinois natives embarked on a winter's journey to get their much anticipated meal. They finally came upon the delayed delivery truck and made the handoff in person. They say food tastes better when you work hard for it. I'm sure that was the best bowl of Crawfish Monica Katherine has ever had! We tip our hat to the happy couple!
At 4 AM one cold winter morning recently, my husband, daughter, friend and employees arrived at the Capitol building in Baton Rouge, lit their boiling pots and tilt skillets, and started cooking lunch for 2,500 marathon runners…. Heating bags of Kajun Kettle Foods’ Crawfish Etouffee base with Crawfish to temperature, we stored them in our cambros to lock in the heat. By the time the first runners came though at around 8:30, we were ready for business, serving up steaming bowls of delicious Crawfish Etouffee (made with Louisiana Crawfish supplied by the Louisiana Seafood marketing Board) topped with steamed rice…People-watching was great- lots of babies and dogs showed up to greet the hundreds of fit-looking athletes that made it through, boasting medals around their necks to trumpet their achievements. We served our dish past 2:30 Pm, to make sure that every last runner coming through was fed… a good way to spend our Sunday!!
Kajun Kettle was recently featured in New Orleans City Business, the business newspaper of metropolitan New Orleans, where we discussed our growth and how catering Jazz Fest has prepared us to be the official Emergency Feeder for the State of Louisiana. Reporter Jessica Gonzales sat down with owners Monica Davidson and Pierre “Pete” Hilzim to discuss the continued success of Kajun Kettle and Crawfish Monica. Click the file below to read the full Q&A.
Eating pork on New Year's is a tradition by the German and Pennsylvania Dutch; they believe it will bring good fortune all year if it is eaten for your first meal of the New Year. The meat represents luck. Pennsylvania Dutch superstition says that eating pork brings good luck because a pig roots forward to look for its food, while chickens scratch backward and cows stand still. Moving forward is definitely better, especially these days.
During the Civil War black-eyed peas were considered animal food. The peas were not worthy of General Sherman's Union troops. When Union soldiers raided the Confederates food supplies, legend says they took everything except the peas and salted pork. The Confederates considered themselves lucky to be left with those meager supplies, and survived the winter. Peas became symbolic of luck.
Corned beef and cabbageCorned beef and cabbage on New Year's is associated with the fortune you should hope for in the coming year. Beef or pork is the meat of choice because unlike chickens these animals do not scratch in the dirt for their food. It's said that if you eat chicken on New Year's Day you are setting your destiny for the coming year to scratch in the dirt for your survival, which sounds pretty awful if you ask us.
Ring-shaped cakes and other baked goods symbolize wholeness and the completion of a full year's cycle. In Greece, there's vasilopita, a round, anise-flavored cake with a coin hidden inside; in Mexico, they make rosca de reyes, a sweet, ring-shaped bread that's studded with dried fruit and baked with a tiny figurine of baby Jesus inside; and a long-held Dutch tradition is to feast on puffy, doughnut-like fritters called oliebollen, which are filled with apples and raisins and dusted with powdered sugar.
We're proud to announce that Pierre Hilzim, head of Kajun Kettle and creator of Crawfish Monica, was awarded the Lindy Boggs Hunger Awareness award from Bread for the World on December 8th. The award honors those who have made a significant difference in ending hunger and poverty in metro New Orleans.
This year, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) Small Business Award went to Kajun Kettle Foods, Inc. The local food manufacturer has been in business in Jefferson Parish for 32 years. In 2013, the company boasted 34 employees and a 20-percent increase in sales growth. The company continues to introduce their products into undeveloped markets, both in Louisiana and five adjoining states. Over the years, Kajun Kettle has been dedicated to improving the community. The company donated over $1.8 million to local charities and serves as an Emergency Feeder for the State of Louisiana, assisting in the aftermath of a catastrophic event.
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© 2013 Kajun Kettle Foods, Inc.
© 2013 Kajun Kettle Foods, Inc.