Updated: Feb 16
Your guide to gumbo, paczkis and all other things gluttonous
Mardi Gras, which is French for "Fat Tuesday", is the celebration and practice of eating rich, fatty foods the night before Lenten season of sacrifices and fasting begins. Most importantly, it's a dang good time.
We can't claim a New Orleans level of party, but even during a pandemic, Marquette County does a pretty good job. Here's some things you can do to celebrate this Mardi Gras.
One of many long-standing Mardi Gras traditions is the paczki, a polish doughnut that truly encapsulates the meaning of the day. Pronounced "poonch-key", these bad boys are jelly-filled and even richer than your average doughnut. People have been eating them on Mardi Gras since the 18th Century, and you aren't going to let that tradition die, are ya? Here's who is making paczki's around the county:
Huron Mountain Bakery
Both the Marquette and Ishpeming locations will have paczki's on sale. A post on the bakery's facebook page claims that they will sell out, so calling to place an order is encouraged.
Varieties: Bavarian, Chocolate Bavarian, Cherry, Apple, Prune, Strawberry, Red Raspberry, Black Raspberry, Lemon, Blueberry
To contact the Marquette Store, click here
To contact the Ishpeming Store, click here
Econo Foods - Marquette
The Econo Foods Bakery will be slingin' paczki's all day long. Advanced orders are welcome, but they will also have grab-n-go boxes all day.
Varieties: Cherry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Lemon, Prune and Bavarian Cream.
Super One Foods
You can also find the sacred pastries at both the Marquette and Negaunee locations of Super One. Find them sugar-coated, glazed or iced.
In case you aren't just going to eat doughnuts on Tuesday (but we won't tell)..
Get the Traditional Fare!
In previous years, Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery has gone all-out with a buffet on Mardi Gras. Unfortunately, that tradition has to take the year off.
No worries though, Lagniappe is still open for the holiday, featuring the full menu AND brunch at lunch. If you haven't checked out the brunch menu.. it's about time you do.
On Dinner Special: Molasses brined Fried Chicken special with Sweet Potato Spoonbread and Collard Greens! On Dessert Special: King Cake Cheesecake Parfait featuring Cinnamon Swirl Cake, Cheesecake Pudding, Whipped Cream, Mardi Gras sprinkles, and of course a baby on top! Don't forget about hurricanes and probably enough Mardi Gras beads to pass out to everyone in the Upper Peninsula... this is the place to be on Mardi Gras.
The Courtyards Neighborhood Cocktail Bar (and more!)
Especially this year, with 25 percent capacity at bars and restaurants, having space to celebrate is a good thing! You can also check out Lagniappe's sister bar/restaurant, The Courtyards! You can find the specialty cocktails and food to help you celebrate!
At The Courtyards, you'll find Second Line T-Boys and Tapas: A stationary food truck serving food from INSIDE the bar! Second Line has a full menu of T-Boys (smaller Po' Boys) and Tapas that features some Cajun Creole Classics, as well as some new creations inspired by Cajun cuisine.
Mardi Gras Lunch Special at the Marquette Food Co-op!
The Marquette Food Co-op staff has a full menu of Cajun classics for you today. Here it is:
Cajun Chicken with Mardi Gras Salsa
Dirty Rice and Beans (Vegan)
Cornmeal Grits (Vegetarian)
Vegan Etoufee (Vegan)
Veggie Gumbo (Vegetarian)
BBQ Cauliflower (Vegan)
As always, make sure to shop local this Mardi Gras!