Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Wars Weekend Mini-Con and Food

For the past several years, our local club has a 3-day mini-convention on the Veteran's Day weekend. Beginning tonight and ending at 5PM Sunday many club members will be putting on games.Including me.

Tomorrow afternoon I am running a Big Battle DBN tournament set in 1809. The players will be divided into 2 teams France and The Coalition. Then they go at it...each player will play in 3 battles. The battles are scenarios pre-set by me - not the standard "even-steven" stuff.

One of the draws I planned for players of the tournament is food. Another hobby of mine is Cajun cooking (being from New Orleans of course!). So, all of the players in the tourney get a free Cajun dinner. After all of the players are served, if there is any left over, the other club members can go at it after making a small donation to the club.

The menu? Chicken and Andouille Gumbo and Mini Muffalettas - with Olive Spread, of course. That way we can all enjoy a bowl of soup and a sandwich. A friend of mine is allergic to bell peppers so I made this batch of gumbo with out them...instead of the Trinity (bell peppers, onions and celery) I used the Mirepoix (onions, celery and carrots).

We New Orleanians are pretty obsessed with food, so of course, I have pictures to post! Enjoy them with your eyes, I'll be enjoying it with my mouth tomorrow!

Gumbo on the burner
Nice boil going on

Mufalettas and Olive Spread

Mufalettas and Olive Spread

A preview of tomorrow's dinner!

Hot sauce and file and I am ready to go!


  1. One word to describe it,

  2. Oh how I miss the Gumbo Ya-Ya at Mr B's in NOLA!

    I commend you on the proper serving style - keeping the rice separate until the last moment. The Yankees I live with up here in Maryland can get that concept and just throw the rice in while cooking - sacrilege!

    Your muffalettas look straight out of Central Grocery.

    I am jealous!!!

  3. Nate, I look forward to both eating and gaming with you tomorrow. If only we could wash it down with a Dixie beer!

  4. Miles, really, while cooking? Jambalaya, sure...but Gumbo? It is - as you have said - sacrilege!

    I only wish I had had the time to bake some real muffaletta bread - I had to "improvise" with some good rolls.