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Join us for
Louie's 18th Annual Charity
Gumbo Cook-Off & Crawfish Boil!

Get your tickets to the battle of the year. 

Sunday February 25, 2024 you have plans! 

Join us for Louie's 18th Annual Charity Gumbo Cook-Off & Crawfish Boil!

A full day of fun with your favorite local Kalamazoo area establishments battling for best GUMBO.

  • Sample your way through gumbo from local participating establishments and vote for your favorite!

  • Feast on Louie's crawfish boil !

  • Enjoy LIVE MUSIC inside and outside during the entire event.

  • Full bar inside, bloody Mary bar, beer and liquor bars outside as well in an enclosed heated tent.

**Pre-sale tickets SOLD OUT **

Walk up day of tickets = $30 at the door CASH ONLY.
21+ event.*(see gumbo FAQ doc at the bottom of this page)

PRO TIP: Bring a muffin tin for gumbo samples and cash for outdoor bars!

All ticket sales go to these amazing local charities; 


Audrey Hensley Family Foundation and 

Chefs Therapeutic Riding Center

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Audrey Hensley Family Foundation

   The Audrey Hensley Family Foundation was created in order to make something good come out of her very sudden, tragic, and senseless death. Her family's intent is to continue to spread her light and love by supporting causes that were important to her. Some examples include funding opportunities for kids to play soccer at the Portage Soccer Club who may not be able to afford to, providing scholarships for graduating Portage Northern seniors planning to attend MSU, and donating to causes like food pantries and animal shelters. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what the Hensley’s hope to do with the foundation. 

Audrey Hensley, a vibrant young lady who touched the lives of everyone around her, was a shining example of kindness and generosity. Audrey Hensley, age 22, passed away on November 24, 2023.

Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center

Opened in 1969 as the first therapeutic riding center built especially for the purpose of serving those with special needs in North America, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center serves riders of all ages who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities. Cheff’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals who have special needs through equine assisted services while leading the industry in education.

Participating Restaurants: 

Beer Exchange Kalamazoo, Bell's Brewery, Green Top Tavern, Joe Schmoe's Bar & Grill, Jungle Bird, Kalako Street Cuisine and Events, Kalamazoo Country Club, Kalamazoo Pit Posse representing Richland Pub, Lou's Market & Deli, Main St. Pub, McGonigle's Irish Pub, North 11, Old Burdick's, Old Dog Tavern, Principle, Rustica, Rugger's Up & Under, Saugatuck Brewing Kalamazoo, Sly's Seafood & Co., Totally Brewed Cafe, Waldo's Campus Tavern, and Wax Wings Brewing. PRO TIP: BRING A MUFFIN TIN TO CARRY GUMBO SAMPLES!

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Doors open at 11am Gumbo 12-5pm.


The Bronk Bros.:11:45-1:45

JR Clark Band: 2:30-4:00

OCD/C : 4:15-5:30


Jeff Mueller: 11:00-12:15

The Incantations: 12:30-2:00

Mike List: 2:15-3:30

Carrie McFerrin & her McFerrinheits : 3:45-5:00

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Bell's Brewery, Pro Services, I.H.S. Distributing, Green Leaf Hospitality, 1st Source Bank, Wings West, Matt Coon Farm Bureau Insurance,  Rentalex, Republic, Game-One, Liv La Mode, Stuffed Brain, Vintage In The Zoo, Viavi Flower Farm.

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Guest Judges
Terry Hagen - Chef at highly rated restaurants around the US and retired owner of local Oakley’s and Bravo! Restaurants. 
Jessica Harthorn - evening anchor for WWMT-TV Newschannel 3.
Cody Piechocki - Kalamazoo Growlers Manager.

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Walk up day of tickets = $30 at the door CASH ONLY.

Frequently Asked Questions
doc below

Scorecard, if you wish print at home to help you cast your vote!

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