Northwestern Elementary School kindergartners got a taste of Louisiana on Feb. 11 through funds the students donated to buy food for a taste fair.
The event was based on Johnette Downing’s song and book, “Today is Monday in Louisiana,” which takes children through a culinary calendar that brings a meal a day to the table representing Cajun, Creole, African and French foods from Louisiana.
As the song and story go, on Monday, there are red beans to eat, Tuesday brings Po-boys, while Wednesday is gumbo day, and so on.
Students got to sample red beans and rice, po-boys and gumbo, as well as jambalaya, fried catfish, crawfish, beignets and king cake.
Zachary Mayor David Amrhein donated the catfish and beignets, and fried the foods with help from several city employees. Parent volunteers served the food.
On Feb. 12, the students were visited by Downing.
Teacher Jessica Gafford said all of the food was purchased locally, with the exception of some of the king cakes, which were donated by Tucker’s Seafood.