In celebration of September as NationalÂ Rice Month, the Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers sponsored the 20thÂ Annual RiceÂ Cook-Off on Wed., Sept. 20 at the Port of Lake Charles. The Port hostedÂ the event and sponsored the awards luncheon. Family and ConsumerÂ ScienceÂ students from seventeen area middle schools and high schools participated inÂ the event.
First place for the âBest Dishâ category went to Briley KentÂ (Shrimp and Rice Salad) of Johnson Bayou School; second place went to LillyÂ JonesÂ (Louisiana Risotto) of Moss Bluff Middle School; third place was awardedÂ to Claire Leonards (Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole) of Bell CityÂ HighÂ School; and âMost Heart Healthyâ dish went to Tonika Phillips (Caribbean ShrimpÂ and Saffron Street Tacos) of Dequincy High School. FarmersÂ Rice Milling Co.,Â Inc. sponsored rice cookers for each contestant.
The production, milling and exportation of rice have majorÂ economic effects on Southwest Louisiana, and the event helps to educate localÂ students inÂ health and nutrition issues facing Southwest Louisiana families.
For more information, contact Michelle Bolen with the PortÂ of Lake Charles at 337-493-3501.