Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hot Memphis 4 to perform at TEP Gumbo Contest

Tennessee Equality Project is pleased to announce that the Hot Memphis 4 will perform at the TEP Gumbo Contest on February 8, 2015 at Bridges. Past attendees will recognize many of the performers from last year's event including Jeremy Shrader.

Tap your foot to their New Orleans jazz on the video below and on Soundcloud. I dare you to avoid thinking of Mardi Gras!

There are so many ways to support the TEP Gumbo Contest and have a great time:
  1. Become a Sponsor
  2. Reserve a VIP Table with you and your closest friends
  3. Enter the Gumbo Competition with your team
  4. Purchase general admission tickets
  5. Volunteer for the event (and get in for free!)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Utopia sponsors the TEP Gumbo Contest again!

TEP welcomes Utopia Animal Hospital as a MEDIUM level sponsor of the TEP Gumbo Contest. Utopia is an Equality Means Business partner with Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, and this is their second year as a host sponsor of the event.

Visit to Utopia's website to learn more about the enlightened care they provide to pets in Memphis.

Learn how you, your business or your organization can become a sponsor of the TEP Gumbo Contest at this link.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcome to the TEP Gumbo Contest website

Tennessee Equality Project is actively planning for the most exciting Mardi Gras Party in Memphis for 2015.

TEP offers many ways to participate in the celebration: sponsorship, compete in the contest, taste the gumbo, join your friends at a VIP Table, or volunteer. Check out our updated website and mark your calendar for Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4:30-7 PM. We'll see you at Bridges!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Next Gumbo Planning Committee on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014

Interested in planning for the best Mardi Gras party in town?

Tennessee Equality Project invites you join Shelby County's Gumbo Planning Committee meeting. Volunteers are needed to plan for the TEP Gumbo Contest, live music, decorations, awards for Champions of Equality in West Tennessee, and much more.

When? Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6 PM

Where? Pyro's Fire Fresh Pizza, 2025 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104

Arrive a few minutes early, order dinner and join us in the conference room. Contact Jonathan Cole at 901-301-3306 for more details. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Updates for the TEP Gumbo Contest are coming soon

Look to this site in the coming weeks for new information on the TEP Gumbo Contest.

Save the date of Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4:30 to 7 PM.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with TEP at Bridges again!

Contact Jonathan Cole at or 901-301-3306 for more information or to sign up for the Gumbo Planning Committee.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 gumbo contest

People's Choice Awards
1st Place: N'awlins Best led by Reginald Milton
2nd Place: Gumbros led by Christy Tweddle
3rd Place: Roux McClanahan led by Celtic Crossing

Judge's Choice Awards (See all scores below)
1st Place: Krab Krewe led by Deane Mitchell
2nd Place: N'awlins Best led by Reginald Milton
3rd Place: Gumbo Go Go's led by Melissa Thornton

VIP Table Spirit Award
Table Captain Ginger Leonard

Gumbo Team Spirit Award
Dat Gumbo led by Stephanie Wilbanks

Congratulations to all the winners. Every team is a winner for equality. Many thanks to the teams, tasters, judges, sponsors, and volunteers who made the 2014 Gumbo Contest and Mardi Gras Party a smashing success.

Team Name
Krabe Krewe
N'awlin's Best
Gumbo Go Go's
Dat Gumbo
Fortunate Family Roux Krewe
Wild Magnolias
Mumbo Gumbo
Let Love Lead
Roux McClanahan
Cajun Napalm
Who Dat Crunk Vegan?
Idlewild Gumbo Buddies
High Cotton Brewing Co.
Krewe of Roux
Cast Iron Commandoes

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

TEP to offer Giving Circle Prizes to New Donors at Gumbo Contest

At this year's Mardi Gras Party and Gumbo Contest, participants who commit to becoming new one-time or sustaining donors to Tennessee Equality Project will be eligible to win special prize packages. New donors or current donors who increase their commitment to TEP at the gumbo contest will be included in drawings according to their level of commitment within TEP's Giving Circles:

  • Governor Circle ($1200 or $100/month): $100 Gift Certificate to Chef Gary Williams' DeJavu Restaurants + 2 tickets to Playhouse on the Square (POTS)* performances OR a $100 Gift Certificate to Chef Kelly English's Restaurant Iris or The Second Line + 2 tickets to POTS performances*
  • Lt. Governor Circle ($900 or $75/month): 6 tickets to performances at POTS*
  • Speaker Circle ($600 or $50/month): 4 tickets to performances at POTS *
  • Senator Circle ($300 or $25/month): 2 drawings for 2 tickets to POTS*
  • ANY Circle: Two season ticket memberships for 2014-2015 to Theater Memphis (12 tickets in all excluding A Christmas Carol). Must be present at the end of the contest to receive this prize. 
We are grateful to each of the above businesses for supporting the TEP Gumbo Contest and Mardi Gras Party in 2014. We are also very excited to offer these items in the contest drawing for new or increased contributions to TEP and TEP Foundation. Those who win these event-specific prizes will also receive the benefits that come with each Giving Circle (Click here for Giving Circle benefit description).

The above prizes are only available to those attending the TEP Gumbo Contest at Bridges on Sunday February 23 from 4:30 to 7 PM who make new commitments to TEP or TEPF. Purchase your tickets today for the best Gumbo Contest and Mardi Gras Party in Memphis at

*All Playhouse on the Square tickets for the 2013-2014 season are good through July 31, 2014.