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In Shreveport? Watch football, eat gumbo, help Fisher House

December 26, 2018 - 11:30 am

You’ve now got an even better reason to go watch Duke take on Temple in Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Dec. 27 in Shreveport.

You’ll get to be a part of Guinness World Record history, enjoy some great gumbo and help Fisher House Foundation all at the same time.

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar is teaming up with world-renowned Louisiana Cajun and Creole chef, John Folse, who will attempt to set the Guinness record for the largest pot of gumbo.

“Jeff had the record for the largest pot of gumbo and I guess over the past five years, somebody else came and took that recognition,” said David Coker, president of the Fisher House Foundation “The goal is to get the record back.”

Fisher House Foundation is a national nonprofit best known for the 79 comfort homes it operates in which military and veteran's families can stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving care at a VA medical facility far from home.

“This is a way where someone can pay it forward and do something for someone who has served our country,” Coker said.

At the heart of the Fisher House Foundation is expanding the number of comfort homes it operates, he said.

“This is an event that is going to allow us to bring a much-needed resource to veterans being treated in New Orleans,” Coker said.

Walk-On hopes to raise $50,000 for the Fisher House Foundation as a result of the event.

“The donation is great, the real key is the awareness that comes with it,” said Coker.

Coker said the gumbo is not like anything you can find on a store shelf.

“It is custom made,” he said. “There is going to be 6,500 pounds of gumbo served in eight-ounce bowls and sold for $5.”

If you’re going to the game, tailgating begins at 9 a.m., and gumbo will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m.," said Coker.

“If they are not absolutely happy before the bowl, they will be absolutely happy after the bowl,” he promised.

Fans who will not be attending the game in person can still donate here.

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