By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Restaurants | Issue: February 2009
Rachel Richard and Teresa Rutherford welcome you to Hebert’s Mardi Gras open house party February 24 from 4 to 7 p.m.
If you can’t make it to New Orleans to celebrate, join one of Tulsa’s best Mardi Gras parties on Tuesday, February 24 at Hebert’s Specialty Meats. Owner Ed “Cajun Ed” Richard invites everyone to come to the big red house at 2101 E. 71st St. from 4 until 7 p.m., as they bring the food and spirit of New Orleans to Tulsa.
Enjoy free samples of authentic Cajun foods – etouffee, red beans and rice, gumbo and other favorites. Wash it down with free tastes of beer, like you would expect to find in the French Quarter.
Whether you call it Mardi Gras or its English translation, Fat Tuesday, this event marks the beginning of Lent. Late 17th century explorers first celebrated this French holiday on the banks of the Mississippi River, near New Orleans. It was their last opportunity to eat, drink and be merry before a six-week period of abstinence began the following day. Through the years, the observance of Mardi Gras has evolved into a playful celebration for both the religious and non-religious.
If you’re planning a party of your own, Hebert’s has a vast selection of Cajun market items. You’ll find Tabasco products, Community Coffee, Zatarain’s, Zapp’s potato chips, Jack Miller’s BBQ sauce, Tony Chachere’s, and many other favorite seasonings and condiments to make for a memorable feast.
Hebert’s has all your Mardi Gras party supply needs, including king cake mixes, ready-made king cakes, and traditional Cajun seasonings and condiments.
Hebert’s also offers a large menu of prepared Cajun foods such as shrimp and crawfish dip, andouille sausage, and corn maque choux. And of course there is Hebert’s deboned chicken and famous turducken, with your choice of delicious stuffing.
Fresh meats, including crawfish, are also available. “But you’ve got to order early,” says Cajun Ed’s daughter Rachel. “Fresh crawfish is really popular for Mardi Gras, and it will go fast.”
To give your party a festive look, Hebert’s has all kinds of traditional and unique party supplies and decorations: paper goods, serving ware, table runners, centerpieces, wreaths, beads, feather masks, Venetian masks, totes, hats, hurricane mix, drink holders and lively CDs, to name a few.
No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without a king cake. Hebert’s has king cake mixes that include a “baby,” representing the Christ Child, in each box. Or, as a new feature item this year, you can buy a ready-made decorated king cake. Tradition calls for the person who gets the piece with the “baby” to have good luck all year and to provide the king cake for the next Mardi Gras party. Enjoy a plain cake or go for extreme decadence with Bavarian cream filling or bourbon sauce filling. Every bite is worth the calories. But who counts calories on Fat Tuesday?
Let the good times roll at Hebert’s Specialty Meats February 24 from 4 until 7 p.m. If you can’t make it, call in your order at (918) 298-8400. Or visit their website at www.cajuned.com. Don’t forget that Hebert’s has Monday through Saturday lunch specials and Café Du Monde beignets and café au lait from 10 until noon on Saturdays.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.