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San Jacinto College
College to host Mardi Gras community cook-off
News Release
Friday, January 28, 2011

HOUSTON – San Jacinto College North will host a Community Cook-off on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a Mardi Gras theme.

The cooking contest includes three categories: gumbo, jambalaya, and desserts. Registration is now open for cooking teams interested in participating, and the entry deadline is Feb. 28. The winning cook-off team in each category will receive a trophy and a cash prize. The entry fee is $35 per category for each team. To register, please call 281-998-6150 extension 7526, or email

“We are planning to also have a culinary student category for SJC culinary students, and we are inviting other culinary schools in the Houston area to participate in all categories,” commented SJC culinary arts instructor Sean Perrodin.

The panel of judges will include SJC employees, students, and community members. The event is free and open to the public, and vendors will be on hand selling food, beverages, craft items, and other goods and services. There will be a $7 charge to sample any of the food prepared by the cooking teams. Proceeds from the cook-off support the College’s student-operated culinary arts club.

SJC students will perform live music, under the direction of Dr. Randy Snyder, the North campus music department chair.

The site for the cook-off will be Parking Lot C, located adjacent to the Slovacek Student Center on the east side of the campus. The North campus is located at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston.

Other activities will include a crawfish eating contest, and a “kiddie carnival” where children can make Mardi Gras masks, draw on a coloring wall, romp around in an inflatable jump room, and enjoy other fun activities.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s workforce training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit, or find us on Facebook at

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