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Brother Martin Alumni Cook Up the Competition at Our 2021 Crusader Cook-Off

The Crusader Cook-off & Homebrew Competition returned on Sunday, October 24th as alumni, family, and friends enjoyed delicious food and drinks in the backyard and the Terrace. Patrons were treated to 18 dishes and 8 homebrews prepared by competitors. The Crusader Cooking team prepared and served chicken, coleslaw, baked macaroni, hot dogs, sausage, and fries. Laine Buquoi and Melissa Gallagher coordinated desserts. The Class of 2001 sponsored and served in the Beverage Tent featuring Coca-Cola products and an impressive selection of beers. Eddie Gonzales ’77 emceed the event and Team Serious About Cooking served as a DJ. Guest judges, a video game theater for the kids, and the inaugural Crusader Cornhole Tournament all added to the fun. The Laketilly Marinators & Hydrators Team #1, featuring Rob LaFleur ’92, Bob Vorhoff ’82, Ricky Schaefer ’87, and Danny Fulham ’93 took home first place with their Taco Pain Perdu.

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Results

1st Place
Laketilly Marinators & Hydrators #1 - Tacos Pain Perdu
Rob LaFleur ‘92,  Bob Vorhoff ‘82, Ricky Schaefer ‘87, Danny Fulham ‘93

2nd Place
Tailgators - Sticky Sweet & Spicy Chicken
Chris Laiche ‘90, Lance Ranlett ‘91, George Malek ‘92, Kevin Mmahat

3rd Place
Rhumb Line - Chicken and Alligator Sauce Piquant
Lee Cotaya, Matt Cotaya ‘06, Will Stall ‘07, James Casadaban ‘06

People’s Choice
Rhumb Line - Chicken and Alligator Sauce Piquant
Lee Cotaya, Matt Cotaya ‘06, Will Stall ‘07, James Casadaban ‘06

Homebrew Champion
Roux & Brew - Bottomless
Andrew Woodroof ’03

Homebrew People’s Choice
Dead Liver Society--Uncle's Dunkel
Casey Rowe ’86 and Daryl Hope

 

Sponsors

Master Chef Sponsors
Fast Plak, Inc. – Debbie and Roni Sumich
Sal Maffei, Jr.

Top Chef Sponsors
Class of 2001
Rich Family – Ray ’85, Thomas ’87 and Kevin ’96
Sysco - New Orleans – Ray Yakelis ’06
The O’Connor Insurance Group, LLC – Joey O’Connor ‘85

Sous Chef Sponsors
Coca Cola
Lee Cotaya
Christine and Milton Dureau ’69 CJ
Mike’s Hardware & Supply – LaFleur Family
Tim and Beverly Napier
Short Stop Poboys – Russell Hendrick ’70
Raymond and Cissy Yakelis

Appetizer Sponsors
Ryan Carlisle ‘01

Bryan Oubre ‘97

 

Donors

Brother Martin Bookstore
Coca Cola - Darren Martino
Sheila and Ron Messina ’63 SA
Ray Rich ’85, Kevin Rich ’96, and Thomas Rich ’87
Rock’n’Bowl and Ye Olde College Inn
Paula and Paul Trentacosta

 

Cooks

Kenny’s Favorite - Corn, Shrimp & Crab Bisque
Bryan Oubre ’97

Class of ’81-Crimson - Piggy on a Pirouge
Mark Buchert ’81, Jean Robert ’81

Class of ’81-Gold - Crawfish Pasta
Mark Buchert ’81, Frank McCaskell ’81, Scott Shea ’81, FJ Hebert ’81

Laketilly Marinators & Hydrators #1 - Tacos Pain Perdu
Rob LaFleur ‘92,  Bob Vorhoff ‘82, Ricky Schaefer ‘87, Danny Fulham ‘93

Laketilly Marinators & Hydrators #2 - Luau-Laya
Lee  LaFleur ‘94, David Klein ‘90, Kevin Kernion ‘98, Greg Phillips

Divine Mercy Men’s Club - Shrimp Tacos
Gary Buquoi ‘90, Brian Hymel, Scott Smith, Tommy Lynn

Grilluminati - Shrimp & Grit Fritters
Bobby Clay ‘04, Brian Mendelson, Rusty Maureau, Chase Dennies ’05, Kenny Rittler ’04

Cash Money Grillionaires - Crawfish Grilled Cheese
Bobby Clay ’04, Stephen Maher ’02, Wes Blanchard 

Rhumb Line - Chicken and Alligator Sauce Piquant
Lee Cotaya, Matt Cotaya ‘06, Will Stall ‘07, James Casadaban ‘06

Brew Crew - Boudin Corn Balls
Lou Provenzano ‘90, Chris Marino, Taylor Marino, Dax Barrett 

Class of 1986 - Chicken Alfredo Fries
Johnny Blue ’86

Tailgators - Sticky Sweet & Spicy Chicken
Chris Laiche ‘90, Lance Ranlett ‘91, George Malek ‘92, Kevin Mmahat

Roux & Brew - Kogi Dog
Andrew Woodroof ’03, Jack Uhle ’03, Taylor Gilbert ’03

Team Serious About Cooking - Corn Maque Choux
Robert Hymel, Jay LeBlanc 

Team ’91 - Armodillo Balls
John Muller ’91, Jason Nastasi ’91, Nick Maggio ’91, Terry Rhoton ’91

Hot Boudin, Cold Cous Cous - Shrimpcargeaux
Joey O’Connor ’85, Nick Macaluso ’85, Will Ott ‘18, Darrin O’Connor ’89

Brother Martin Wrestling Team - Crawfish Pasta
Duffy Rousselle

 

Brews

Maffbrau - Cow Tipper Stout
Sal Maffei

Sean’s Pinched Beans - Coffee
Troy Tomlinson ‘88, Morgan Legendre

Dead Liver Society - Uncle’s Dunkel and Rowes EPA
Casey Rowe ’86, Daryl Hope

Bucktown Kick Acid - Amber Ale and Dark Shadows Twisted Amber Ale
Jerry Muller ‘73, Becky Muller

Roux & Brew - Mango Wheat, Que Pasa, and Bottomless
Andrew Woodroof ’03

 

Cook-Off Judges

Scot Craig ’80 - Owner/Katie’s Restaurant/Francesca’s

Mike Gulotta ’98 - Chef Proprietor/MoPho and Maypop

Chris Franklin ’00 - Chief Meteorologist/WWL-TV

Vance Vaucresson ’87 - Owner - Vaucresson Sausage Company

Eddie Jacobs ’81 - CEO & Chief Operating Officer/NOLA Hotel Group

Tina LaBeaud - Director of Food Service, Culinary Crusaders

Kristen Preau - CEO/Owner, Jambalaya Girl New Orleans Food Products

Tom Branighan, Jr. ’05 - Chef/Partner, MaMou

 

Homebrew Judges

Glynn Romagosa and Roddy Palazzo ’95

 

Committee

Erica Bonvillian

Laine Buquoi

Erin and Joe Caruso ’79

Brian Castanza

Melissa Gallagher

Sheila and Ron Messina ’63 SA

Cindy & Jerry Moll ’73

Beverly and Tim Napier

Jennifer Pellegrin

Robbie Rabb 

Beth and Patrick Scariano ’94

Roni and Debbie Sumich

Paul and Paula Trentacosta

Cissy and Ray Yakelis

Marie and Steve Yost

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