Baton Rouge Lenten tradition under way

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Posted: Feb 26, 2010 11:03 AM by John Pastorek
Updated: Feb 26, 2010 11:36 AM
Source: WBRZ News 2

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Topics: St. James, church, Lent, gumbo, Episcopalian, lunch, Baton Rouge

St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge is serving up a Lenten tradition - gumbo.

Hundreds of people lined up at the church hall, which has been transformed into a gumbo hall, to get a taste of this famous Lenten recipe.

On Fridays during Lent, volunteers serve up gallons of seafood or chicken and sausage gumbo to church members, downtown workers, and the homeless.

"The secret is in the roux," said gumbo cook Darrow Jackson, who stirs up 30 gallons at a time in a huge cooker.

The tradition began back in the 1950s when St. James served gumbo to raise funds for church improvements, like a heating and air conditioning system.

"The money we raise supports our various ministries," said Marsha Wade of St. James.

The gumbo is available for dine-in or take-out Fridays during Lent at the historic church located at 208 N. 4th Street in downtown Baton Rouge.

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