Fat Tuesday Festivities with a French Quarter Flair

Mardi Gras is just around the corner, taking place on March 1, and what better way to celebrate this lively holiday than partaking in delicious food and revelry around the Tri-State? Let the good times roll this Fat Tuesday with traditional cuisine and an abundance of beads from these local spots.

Gumbo for a Cause
Eat gumbo with gusto for Fat Tuesday. Foster Care in the US, an Evansville nonprofit, will host a gumbo and cornbread fundraiser to raise money to complete a new housing facility. Orders must be placed by Feb. 26 and can be picked up on March 1 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Encounter Church at 317 Main St. Meals are $14 for a single person and $25 for families and can be ordered with or without shrimp.


King Cakes from Donut Bank
It’s not Mardi Gras without a traditional purple, green, and gold king cake. The sweet surprise behind these cinnamon or strawberry cream cheese-filled pastries often involves a tiny figurine hidden inside; the first person to find it after the cake is cut wins a prize. Try one of these figurine-free oversized rolls for yourself at participating Donut Bank locations for $16.95 through March 1.


Knob Hill Tavern Cajun Fest
The Fat Tuesday celebration is running through March 1 at Knob Hill Tavern’s 2022 Cajun Fest. Feast on popular Bayou bites such a jambalaya, Creole catfish, crawfish etouffee, oysters, and po’ boy sandwiches. If you’re feeling the Cajun spirit, try the tavern’s fried alligator appetizer or French Quarter muffuletta.


Mardi Gras at Mo’s House
Stop by Mo’s House through the end of February for a taste of one of its signature Mardi Gras cocktails, such as the Purple Knight made with Buffalo Trace bourbon and house-made blueberry sage syrup, or a New Orleans Hurricane with rum and passion fruit syrup. For every Mardi Gras drink sold, Mo’s House will donate $1 to Young & Established to help the Evansville nonprofit purchase a washer and dryer for students at Benjamin Bosse High School.


NOLA style Mardi Gras at Amy’s on Franklin

Specializing in New Orleans-style cuisine, you can celebrate Mardi Gras at Amy’s on Franklin with soft shell jumbo crab sandwiches, spicy soul chicken, and shrimp cocktails. Try more of their midwest comfort food at their location on 1418 W. Franklin St.


Mardi Gras for Paws
Starting today and continuing through March 1, Stockwell Inn is celebrating Fat Tuesday with its popular annual Mardi Gras menu. The Inn will serve a crawfish dinner, boudin balls with hot pepper cheese, oysters, red beans and rice, gumbo, Cajun hushpuppies, drunken chicken, po’ boys, and white chocolate bread pudding among the décor of beads, tinsel, masks, and glitter. Beads will be sold for $5 and $10, with proceeds supporting Stockwell Inn’s next-door neighbor, It Takes a Village No-Kill Rescue.


Mardi Gras Madness
Ozanam Family Shelter will host a night of Cajun fun on Saturday, Feb. 26 with a dinner and auction at VFW Post 1114, 110 N. Wabash Ave. Tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds will benefit the shelter’s programming and initiatives.


Bayou Bites at Mojo’s Boneyard
Mojo’s Boneyard Sports Bar & Grille is back serving its special Mardi Gras menu through March 1. Grab a bite of Mojo’s homemade Cajun crawfish boil, red beans, gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, oysters, and Cajun barbecue shrimp. Jam out while you chow down this Saturday with a live performance from Nashville guitarist Leilani Kilgore.


Mardi Gras Jazz Gala
The Gibson General Health Foundation at Deaconess Gibson Hospital in Princeton, Indiana, will celebrate the lead-up to Lent with live entertainment, bountiful food, and an auction at the Gibson County Fairgrounds’ Toyota Events Center. Funds collected from the event will support health care initiatives for Deaconess Gibson Hospital patients and their families.


Stock photo from Creative Commons.

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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