Oak Cliff Boils Up 500 Pounds of Crawfish for Mardi Gras Party

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Worth the effort.
The key to enjoying crawfish, according to chef Michelle Carpenter, is patience.

Carpenter, of Zen Sushi, is advising attendees at Mardi Gras Oak Cliff's first-ever crawfish boil this Sunday to accept there's no quick way to peel a mud bug. Carpenter, who's preparing 500 pounds of crawfish for the event, would know:

"My father's family is from Louisiana," she explains. "Growing up, this is what we did. It's definitely a family affair."

Oak Cliff has sponsored a Mardi Gras parade for three years running, but the boil marks the neighborhood's first serious foray into Cajun cooking. An admission wristband, which entitles its wearer to one pound of crawfish, costs $15; additional crawfish can be purchased for $8 a pound.

"At this point, everyone should be online, buying their wristbands," Carpenter says. (Go here to buy wristbands online.)

The feed's set to begin at 3 p.m. near the intersection of 7th Street and Bishop Avenue in the Bishop Arts District. The Mardi Gras parade, which will proceed down Davis, "will pass right by," Carpenter says.

There will be beer available, of course, and Carpenter says she's planning to make jambalaya as a side dish.

"If they don't want to invest time in peeling those crawfish, they can have something quick," Carpenter says.

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Rob Shearer
Rob Shearer

And the beer will be $4 for a 20 ounce cup. I'd say that's a great deal! Come on out Sunday... the party will start at 3pm and go until we run out of food and beer!

Kudzu
Kudzu

Just a comment, and it is a cool thing you are doing for charity. Good job. I refuse to eat crawfish in Texas anymore unless I make it. You all ruin it sprinkling your seasoning ON the crawfish. So weird. It's supposed to be in the seasoning of the water.

Thu-Ha Nguyen
Thu-Ha Nguyen

Spot on reply, Rob. As an Oak Cliffer and proud Winnetka Heights business owner of StudioAt219.com who has seen our nieghbourhoods grow over the last 7 years into an ever more cohesive community of bourgeoning artists, hard working local businesses, nationally ranked 'cool' hang out spots and an all-inclusive pioneering spirit I am more than delighted to spend my local dollars supporting grass roots events like sucking the heads of crawfish boiled by the stellar Michelle of Zen in hopes that another absolutely amazing street arts program beautifies my neighbourhood.$15 is a steal of an investment.

Jenna
Jenna

Kudos to ZEN and Michelle for giving up her time, staff, and i'm sure some of her own expense for a good cause! This is for charity, this is not the Dallas State Fair!

Rob Shearer
Rob Shearer

As one of the event organizers, I can tell you that the proceeds (after expenses of buying the crawfish, etc) will go to the community. In the past we've donated thousands to the music program at Sunset High School, funded a public mural project on 7th Street, bought new football jerseys for the Adamson High School football team, etc.

Can you buy crawfish cheaper somewhere else? No doubt about it. Will you get a parade and a street festival in the heart of one of the coolest parts of Dallas? Nope... this is going to be a great event and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

As for the beer - expect beer in the $3-$5 range.

don
don

@CheeryBitch

You probably don't EVEN want to know what the beer is probably going for...

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

$15 for one wristband/pound and $8/pound thereafter? Is she nuts!?! I'm from Louisiana, and I know how big of a rip-off that is.

ZEN Sushi
ZEN Sushi

The proceeds are going to a local charity selected by GoOakCliff. We're sorry that wasn't clarified.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Ah, yes, that does make a difference. Thanks for adding that note. :)

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