Posted on July 31, 2014 to News & Events
Among many things, we look forward to the Nappies every July, when the readers of Lagniappe choose their Mobile-area favorites. What began as a biweekly publication in July 2002, the Lagniappe has become Mobile’s independent weekly newspaper, served to more than 80,000 readers every week. The Lagniappe is locally owned and focuses on highly localized content for the citizens of Mobile and neighboring communities including Daphne, Fairhope and Gulf Shores.
Each summer the Lagniappe invites citizens to cast votes within categories that include Style, Services, Music, Arts, Media, and our personal favorite: Cuisine. With thousands of votes counted, Wintzell’s is thrilled to have won the 2014 Nappie for Best Gumbo. “This is a tough category,” writes Lagniappe cuisine editor Andy MacDonald. “Everyone thinks their gumbo is the best.”
MacDonald’s July 24th column “The Dish” gives special recognition to Wintzell’s: “Congratulations, Wintzell’s. You’ve honed it for many years.” Thanks, Andy, and kudos to the entire Lagniappe staff for keeping things funky, year after year!
And a very special thanks to our fans who voted and made this possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Our award-winning gumbo
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Posted on July 30, 2014 to News & Events
How many jumbo fried shrimp can you eat in five minutes? Six competitors asked that of themselves as they geared up for what we hope will be an annual event: The Be Good for Something Shrimp Eating Competition. The event, hosted by the Downtown location on Saturday, July 26, drew dozens of spectators and supporters.
“Be Good for Something” plays off the name of our partner sponsor, Good People Brewing Company, the oldest brewery in Alabama. Founded in 2008, the Birmingham-based brewery offers five year-round brews and four seasonals. Wintzell’s paired with Good People to raise funds for the Mobile Law Enforcement Agency, which supports the police department as a dire need fund.
The fundraiser consisted of three parts. Beginning July 1st, fans were encouraged through social media to donate to their favored team. Throughout the month of July, Wintzell’s raised $700, beating out Good People. Then, on the 26th, Wintzell’s three-person team went head-to-head against Good People’s in a shrimp-eating showdown. Team Wintzell’s came up short here, eating 92 fried shrimp against Good People’s 108. In accordance with the rules, Wintzell’s made a $250 donation in Good People’s name. And finally, Wintzell’s extended proceeds from guests’ purchases that included either fried shrimp or Good People products.
All in all, Wintzell’s and Good People raised $2500 for Mobile’s police department—a triumph for a first-time fundraiser! You can check out Fox10’s coverage of the event by clicking here.
Competitors from Wintzell’s, the Mobile Police Department, and Good People Brewing Company
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