Order Super Bowl Gumbo

By STAFF REPORTS,

It’s almost time for the Super Bowl and you know what that means – gumbo. If you’re a Pine Belt resident, then you’ve probably come to expect the famous gumbo prepared by the Gumbo Gourmets at Hattiesburg’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

This year’s pre-sale has started with pickup scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Parish Hall of the church. The cost is $14. This will be the last sale prior to Thanksgiving.

There are times the sale has been so popular they had to stop taking advance orders before the published cutoff date.

The Gourmets have been making and selling their famous gumbo for more than 21 years.

“We started in very small batches and mostly sold to church members, but it quickly grew to the greater Hattiesburg area,­” said a spokesperson for the group.

The original fundraiser came about as a means to support the church youth group, who was planning a trip to Kentucky to assist in rehabilitating homes. Today, proceeds from the gumbo sale support the Outreach efforts of the church.

The church’s Outreach efforts support the Hattiesburg area and as far away as orphaned children in Uganda.

The church counts on the gumbo sale to enable them to carry out the church’s Outreach programs.

“It’s a perfect blend of a great product and the community’s support, which makes for a great blessing,” said the rector. “The community’s support is validation for what we do. The sale has grown a great fellowship.”

The gumbo, which sells for $14 a quart and just needs rice added to it, is offered twice a year – a couple of weeks prior to Thanksgiving and again prior to the Super Bowl, with many people purchasing during both sales to stock their freezers for the coming year until the next sale.

The recipes’ secret ingredients includes the Cajun trinity and the talent of the Church of the Ascension family.

In their recipe, the gourmets use several hundred pounds of chicken, sausage and shrimp to make the many quarts of gumbo, minus what the cooks sample. There’s also crushed and diced tomatoes and okra with a number of cases of the green stuff going into the making.

Because of the popularity of the gumbo, pre-orders are taken via the church’s website (see Gumbo under the About Us tab) or you can call the church office. 

They do urge that you pre-order because they do typically sell out.

The Parish Hall is located on the 36th Avenue side of the church. To pre-order, call the church, (601) 264-6773.­