Gather ‘Round for Southern Goodness — It’s National Gumbo Day
Celebrate National Gumbo Day with a batch of spicy, oh-so-good stew that satisfies the stomach while warming the heart. After all, there’s nothing quite like a warm, hearty meal shared between friends — especially on a brisk October evening. Plus, any holiday that honors food is a holiday worth celebrating in our book!
Originating in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, this comfort food is now a nationwide favorite. Traditionally, there are two variations of gumbo: Cajun and Creole. A staple in New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana, Creole gumbo often consists of shellfish and tomatoes, while the spicier Cajun gumbo common in the southwestern region often calls for chicken, duck, or sausage along with vegetables such as onion and bell pepper.
The very best part about this staple Southern dish? It’s made for family-style sharing, prepared in one large pot with plenty of robustly flavored goodness to go ’round the table. Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel completes the meal, served chilled to complement the heat while bright flavors balance the spice. A hot meal, chilled wine, and loved ones are the fixings of a fine evening on National Gumbo Day.