The Gumbo Academy | Nov 3-5, 2017


The Gumbo Academy | Nov 3-5, 2017


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Instructor: Bettie B. Champion

($242 tuition + $76-266 lodging & meals package of choice)

The goal of the Gumbo Academy class is to teach people about their costal food heritage and particularly the art and culture of making traditional seafood gumbo. The ingredients of gumbo come from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and the farmlands of the South. Our ancestors were influenced by people from many nations to create the signature dish of the Gulf Coast--Seafood Gumbo.

In this workshop, we will begin with simple ingredients and create seafood gumbo from scratch. The workshop will include a lecture covering the history of gumbo. Students will learn how to prepare seafood stock, chop vegetables, and create a roux. We will also cover canning tomatoes and freezing vegetables, so you can have "farm fresh" ingredients for gumbo year round. Each student will take home approximately one gallon of gumbo. 

Class Level: Multi-Level

Required Class Materials: Each student will need a 10-12" cast iron skillet, wooden spoon (preferably slotted), 1.5-2 gallon stainless steel or non-stick stock pot, sharp knife for chopping vegetables, 4-6 plastic quart containers, and an ice chest for taking your gumbo home. 

Bettie Champion has lived on the Gulf Coast most of her life, with a brief stint in Montgomery, AL. As with most people, she has worn several professional hats--from medical technologist, computer aided designed business owner, church secretary, and finally an amateur chef. It was at her time as secretary at Government Street United Methodist church in Mobile that Ms. Champion began making gumbo as a way to help raise funds for the church. In 2011, Ms. Champion received a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts to develop a course to educate people about their Gulf Coast food heritage and teach people how to make seafood gumbo using fresh Gulf shrimp and crab. The gumbo Academy was born and has educated over 125 students with hands-on experience. Learn more about the Gumbo Academy on Facebook

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