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. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Purchase your TEP Gumbo Contest tickets in advance

Buy your tickets online in advance.
We'll  hold them for you at will call. 
The TEP Gumbo Contest at the Bridges Center on Feb. 23, 2014 from 4:30 - 7 PM is less than one month away. 

Gumbo tasting tickets for may be purchased for $25 per person ($15 for persons under 21 years old) in advance or at the event. Tickets include:
  • gumbo tasting
  • voting in the People’s Choice Competition
  • live music from the Mighty Souls Brass Band 
  • beer or soft drink ticket 
All participants will be required to present a valid, government issued Photo ID to consume beer at the contest. 

Buy your tickets at this link!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

All Gumbo team spaces: SOLD OUT

To all the gumbo teams:
"May the odds be ever
in your flavor!"
All 16 team slots for the TEP Gumbo Contest have sold out! Those who wished to compete but did not register will have to wait until 2015 to demonstrate their culinary prowess. 

We are deeply grateful for the new and returning teams who will make the 2014 competition a memorable and tasty event. The Gumbo Contest Planning Committee invites you to sample some of the best gumbo in Memphis and Shelby County on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4:30 PM at the Bridges Center. 

We encourage gumbo teams to invite their friends and supporters to TEP Gumbo Contest. Your friends and family may help you win a coveted People's Choice Award. General Admission tickets include a ticket used to cast votes for the best gumbo and may be purchased for $25 (21 and over) or $15 (under 21). Click HERE to buy tickets. 

The TEP Gumbo Contest still has room for advertising space for the event poster, program and slide presentation for Host Sponsorships. We still have a VIP Table left for a HOT level sponsor ($500 or more). Click HERE to become a Host Sponsor.