BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Preserve at Harveston, one of Baton Rouge's newest neighborhoods, held the first of what is hoped to be many Gumbo Cookoff events.
About 100 neighbors sampled a selection of gumbos prepared by various chef-residents. WAFB Anchor Andre' Moreau served as one of the judges for the inaugural event.
Six different chefs prepared gumbos, but the across the board was Ronnie Stevens. His gumbo earned first place in ballots cast by residents and first place in the eyes of judges.
Veteran developers Mike Wampold and John Fetzer began building The Preserve, located off Bluebonnet Boulevard about half a mile from Nicholson Drive, more than a year ago on one of the last remaining large undeveloped tracts of land in Baton Rouge. It features homes that honor the architectural heritage and natural beauty of South Louisiana.
The area features natural wetlands, lakes, an extensive system of nature trails and a club house and pool area which served as the location for the Cookoff.