Meet the 2017 Gumbo Teams

SeafoodGumbo_1_.jpgTennessee Equality Project welcomes 16 teams to the TEP Gumbo Contest presented by Hilton Memphis on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 4:30 to 7 PM. Teams will compete for awards in the Judge's Choice, People's Choice and Best Vegetarian/Vegan Gumbo categories in TEP's annual Mardi Gras party. One team will also receive an award for best team spirit. Meet the official panel of local Memphis foodies who will judge the contest. 

You'll find familiar and new teams among this year's contestants. Some teams have competed in all seven contests. Registration became competitive as teams scrambled to fill all 16 slots in the contest for 2017. Only a few teams on the waiting list were able to register due to a couple of last minute cancellations. TEP is grateful to all the teams for their commitment to gumbo excellence and full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families in Tennessee.

Get ready to let the good times roll and may the odds be ever in your flavor!

Table Team Team Leader Team Mates
1 The Gumbros Jason Houston Christy Tweddle, Paul Linxwiler, Curtis Davis Jr.
2 UnRouxly Stephanie Wilbanks Chris Curle, Dana Wilbanks, Erin Lynch, Stephanie Wills
3 Roux So Nasty Laura Goodman-Bryan Jakatae Jessup, Susan Moskop, and Rebecca Paulk
4 Mumbo Gumbo Stephanie Wills David Maddox, Lindsey Flores, Cameron Sasser, Gene Slater, Cindie Slater
5 The Memphidanos Tracey Yarbro Ronnie Harris, Amy Holland
6 Big Easy 4 U Lexie Carter Randy Wade, Wade Carter
7 Hoist Memphis Kevin Wheet Mark Keidaish, Ken Briggs, Jesse James, Micah Parker, Bobby Phelps, Justin Gill
8 Thomas Meat and Seafood Chris Hughes Bill Stegbauer and Jennifer Hughes
9 One Gumbo To Roux Them All Mark Jordan  
10 Who Dat Crunk Vegan? Bianca Phillips Andy Eiskamp, Patrick Hessler
11 Roux-thless Dames Leigh Chiles Liz McKee, Sydney Alexander
12 Gumbo Friends V. Adrian Mehr Lin Turner, Blake Burr, Susan Penn, Julia Dennis, Jean Thompson, Glenn Althoff, Elizabeth Firestone, Dreia Spies, & Jo Neimeyer
13 Bayou Bengals Juni Ganguli Laurie Hall
14 FIRE IN THE HOLE Steve Murphy Joey Betterton, John Mullins,
15 The Magnolia Blossoms hugh busby Lee Goins
16 Breakin' The Rouxles Don Gaines Kenzie Campbell, Stephanie Crowdis



Leftover #turkey and #andouille #sausage #gumbo 🍗🍲. Best post-Thanksgiving meal evah! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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