Thursday, August 6, 2015

Save the date for the next TEP Gumbo Contest on Jan. 24, 2016


Mark your calendar and lock in the date for the next TEP Gumbo Contest; Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Learn about sponsorships at this link.

Register your Gumbo Team HERE.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Team Scores from the 2015 TEP Gumbo Contest



On behalf of the TEP Gumbo Contest Planning Committee, we thank each team for entering the 2015 competition. While we present the team scores below for comparison, we believe that each team is a winner for equality in Tennessee. Happy Mardi Gras! We will see you again in 2016!

TEAM #
Team Name
Team Leader
Judge's Choice Score
Judge's Choice Place
People's Choice Vote
People's Choice Place
1
Krewe of Roux
Nathan Tipton
44
10
25
4
2A
The Gumbros
Jason Houston
45
9
24
5
2B
The Gumbros
Jason Houston
37
12
21
7
3
Shrimp Ts
Carla Lewis
78
3
19
8
4
N'awlin's Best
Reginald Milton
94
2
26
3
5
Rouxin' on the River
Melody Bourell
98
1
44
1
6
UnRouxly
Stephanie  Wilbanks
33
13
23
6
7
Fortunate Families ROUX CREW
Deb Word
73
4
17
9
8
P.E.P.
Jennifer Keane
65
6
8
13
9
Momma's Sassy Pride!
Chris Waugh
25
15
0
14
10
Mumbo Gumbo
Susan Bransford
58
7
19
8
11
Who Dat Crunk Vegan?
Bianca Phillips
43
11
21
7
12
The gumbo Friends
Adrian Mehr
45
9
11
12
13
Roux-Volution!
Gregg Overman
66
5
28
2
14
You will "roux" the day...
Bob Barnett
27
14
14
11
15
Big Daddy
Scott Blake
49
8
16
10

Ties are noted in ITALICS




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Meet the TEP Gumbo Contest Judges

Everyone attending the TEP Gumbo Contest will have a chance to taste and vote for their favorite gumbo in the People's Choice Competition on Feb. 8, but the gumbos will also be evaluated objectively by a diverse panel of individuals selected by the Gumbo Planning Committee in the Judge's Choice Competition.

Each judge will score each gumbo on a 1 to 5 point-scale for aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste. The points awarded by each the judge will be added (Highest possible score of 100.

The 2015 TEP Gumbo Contest judges are:

State Representative Raumesh Akbari won a special election in House District 91 in Shelby County in 2013 and was re-elected in 2014.










Davin D. Clemons is the LGBT Liaison for the Memphis Police Department, a co-host of Relationships Unleashed on KWAM 990 (Broadcasts every Saturday at 5 PM), and a minister at the Cathedral of Praise Church in Memphis.

John Klyce Minervini is a food writer for the The Memphis Flyer and blogger of the Memphis food scene at The Fork.

Tawanda Pirtle is co-owner and operator of Pirtle’s Fried Chicken in Memphis with her husband Cordell. Pirtle’s has served fried chicken in the Bluff City since 1957.

Judge Paula L. Skahan was appointed to Criminal Court, Division 1 by the Governor of Tennessee in December 2004 and was elected to continue in this position in 2006 and 2014. She is the first openly-gay official to be appointed and elected in the State of Tennessee.








Join these judges in tasting great gumbo on Sunday, February 8 from 4:30-7 PM at Bridges. Tickets available in advance online and at the door. $25 for age 21 and up and $15 for under 21. Children age 5 and under admitted for free with adult guardian. 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

TEP to Honor Champions of Equality at Gumbo Contest

Tennessee Equality Project Foundation is pleased to announce four Champions of Equality from West Tennessee. Such awards are given to individuals whose work and advocacy advance or protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families in Tennessee.

Champions of Equality from left to right: Chef Kelly English, Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove, TN State Senator Lee Harris, and Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham.
Chef Kelly English. As a business owner, Chef Kelly publicly opposed the “Turn the Gays Away” bill initially sponsored by a State Senator from Shelby County in early 2014. He sent a clear message that treating everyone equally is good for business in Tennessee.

Councilwoman Janis Fullilove. Councilwoman Fullilove was the first sponsor of the employment non-discrimination ordinance considered by the Memphis City Council in 2010 and ensured that the employment non-discrimination ordinance which passed in 2012 included gender identity (in addition to sexual orientation).

Senator Lee Harris. As a Memphis City Councilman from District 7, Senator Harris successfully sponsored an employment non-discrimination ordinance enacted by the Memphis City Council in 2012. His leadership attracted support from social justice, labor and business organizations for the legislation.

Sheriff Bill Oldham. As Shelby County Sheriff, Sheriff Oldham demonstrated commitment to ensure that all Shelby County Sheriff officers receive LGBT Cultural Competency training in 2014. His leadership demonstrates a commitment to serve and protect all people in Shelby County.
TEP Foundation will recognize the above champions of equality at the TEP Gumbo Contest on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4:30 to 7 PM at the Bridges Center in Downtown Memphis. Purchase your tickets to this event at http://tepgumbocontest.blogspot.com/p/gumbo-tasting-tickets.html to help celebrate the achievements of these champions, enjoy great gumbo, and tap your foot to the New Orleans jazz of the Hot Memphis 4.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New sponsors added this week!

We are excited to announce many new sponsors of the TEP Gumbo Contest: 

  • Southland Park Gaming and Racing
  • Ray Rico Freelance
  • High Cotton Brewing Co.
  • High Speed Delivery
  • Sache
  • Architecture, Incorporated
  • Holland & Associates, PC, 
  • Jabberblabber
Opportunities for sponsorship of the contest for businesses, organizations and individuals are still available. Look for details at this link.

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!)