Red Beans & Rice Cook-off draws crowd
By Ellis C. Cuevas
Apr 22, 2014, 18:00
Hancock Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr’s office won the judge’s overall prize at the 2014 Red Beans & Rice Cookoff.
Hundreds turned out on Monday for the 25th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall.
After the event, co-chairmen Jimmie Ladner, Jr. and Ernie Zimmerman announced the winners.
The People's Choice Overall winner annual display trophy went to the Sportsman's Club.
The Judges Overall Award went to Hancock County Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr's office; the Business Award went to the Silver Slipper Casino; Restaurant, Dempsey's; Organization, Hancock County Republican Women; Corporation, Sabic; and the "Ms Beam Haven" group award wen to Tax Assessor-Collector Jimmie Ladner's office.
The Showmanship went to the city of Waveland.
Other People's Choice Awards included: Restaurants, Dempsey's; Organizations, Coastal Conservation Assoc.; Government, Tim Kellar, Hancock County Chancery Clerk; and Business, Butler-Snow Corp.
Top Corn Bread honors went to Hancock County Justice Court Judge Jay Lagasse.
The Red Beans judges were Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame, Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer and Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller.
The Corn Bread judges were Darlene Underwood, Katie Stewart and Ellis C. Cuevas.
"We are very thankful for the 20 teams of cooks, who participated in our Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off, as well as our volunteer judges," Jimmie Ladner said. "We are also grateful to the general public who attended and voted for the People's Choice Awards. It is through the efforts of everyone, that we have worked for the benefit of the American Cancer Society."