Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen will be celebrating Mardi Gras all month long starting now till Fat Tuesday on March 5th so bring your krewe to Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen and enjoy specials you can’t get any other time of year!  We were invited to Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen to experience their Mardi Gras menu offerings and learn more about their upcoming Family Gras events.

Family Gras will bring a number of fun activities to the restaurant’s multiple locations, including live music, balloon artists, and more.

March 2:
Winter Park – Live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Balloon artist from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
Altamonte Springs – Live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Brandon – Live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Balloon artist from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

March 3:
Altamonte Springs  – Balloon artist from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

March 5:
Winter Park – Live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Happy hour all day, and extended outside party/seating.
Altamonte Springs – Live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Happy hour all day, and extended outside party/seating.
Brandon – Live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Happy hour all day, and extended outside party/seating.

Mardi Gras menu offerings:

Muffuletta Spring Rolls – Stuffed with salami, mortadella, ham, swiss & provolone cheese, olive garden.  Side of creole dijonnaise.

Fried Green Tomato & Crawfish – Hand-battered green tomatoes, popcorn-style crawfish & remoulade sauce.

Shrimp & Andouille Cheddar Grits – Sautéed all-natural Gulf shrimp.  Andouille sausage, sweet onions over cheese grits & finished with red wine gravy.

Pan Seared Lump Crab Cakes & Grits – Hand-made with fresh crab. Served over cheddar grits with a side of remoulade.

Pastrami Po Boy – Hand-carved pastrami, peppered bacon, swiss cheese & fully dressed (lettuce, pickle, tomatoes, mayo)

King Cake – The traditional Mardi Gras cake by Ole Hearth Bread. Limited daily supply.

Mardi Gras Cocktails:
The No Call Vodka – blue curaçao, cranberry, pineapple & grenadine, crushed ice.
King Cake Martini – Three Olives vodka, Goldschlager, in a sugar-rimmed glass.
Bananas Foster – Captain Morgan, banana liqueur, caramel swirl, half & half, crushed ice.

New Orleans will always have my heart.  During the Vietnam War back in 1975, my mom’s family escaped on their family’s fishing boat and sailed to the states where they lived in a refugee camp in Pennsylvania until they got sponsored by a Catholic church in Baldwin, Lousiana and lived in a little neighborhood community.  In 1979 they moved to Henderson, LA and lived in a trailer park. Imagine a family of ten living in a tiny 3-bedroom trailer.

My mom met my dad at a New Orleans National Catholic church convention in 1984 (my dad had escaped the Vietnam War ALONE.   He jumped the fence at the U.S. Embassy and hopped into a helicopter on the LAST day of the Vietnam war and left his whole family behind in Vietnam starting a life for himself in the states with nothing but the clothes on his back; his testimony is crazy) and then they got married and moved to Florida and opened up their own restaurants.

Growing up, my parents would take my siblings & I on 12-hr road trips back to the trailer park to visit my grandparents until my grandparents eventually moved into a house in New Orleans where we got to visit the French Quarter, eat beignets, and appreciate the culture.  I am grateful for places like Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen in Winter Park that pays tribute to my mom’s hometown traditions.

For more information, please visit: tibbys.com/mardi-gras-celebration/