Mardi Gras Madness

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to travel to New Orleans during Carnival season, you’ve most likely had a slice of King Cake. After all, hundreds of thousands of King Cakes are eaten in NOLA during this time of year leading up to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday which this year is on February 28. King Cake comes in a variety of styles and flavors, but the most traditional is a ring (to represent a king’s crown) of twisted bread similar to brioche topped with icing and sugar in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.

In south Louisiana, there are King Cake versions that are deep fried and filled with cream cheese or praline-flavored cream. There’s even a savory variety with boudin-filled bread topped with cane syrup and crackling crumbs. That’s certainly not traditional, but delicious nonetheless. Leave it to the Cajuns!

The best part of a King Cake is its taste but people often dig in for a second slice in search of a trinket, traditionally a small plastic baby to represent the Baby Jesus that’s hidden inside the cake. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations as King or Queen of the day. Usually, that person is responsible for providing the next King Cake or hosting the next Mardi Gras party.

If you are interested in making your own King Cake in celebration of Mardi Gras this year, try one of The Chopping Block’s favorite recipes. We also really enjoy downsizing the King Cake into smaller handheld treats, so also try these King Cake Cupcakes

If you’d rather taste authentic King Cake rather than make it, join The Chopping Block for our Mardi Gras Madness party on:

Friday, February 24


The Chopping Block at the Mart

This will seriously be the best Mardi Gras party in the Midwest! Our chefs will be demonstrating how to make a vast array of Cajun and Creole dishes such as Crab Cakes, Muffulettas, Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp and Grits, Crawfish Etouffee, Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, Jambalaya and an authentic Seafood Boil. You’ll get your hands just as dirty as they do down South! Enjoy learning how to make and feasting on all of this as you listen to the sounds of a live jazz band.

Of course, no Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without some classic Crescent City cocktails like the Sazerac, Hurricane and French 75. You can choose to add the alcohol onto your registration or not. This will be the most fun you can have outside of the French Quarter so join us!

Get tickets here

Laissez les bons temps rouler!


Andrea Miller is the Marketing Manager at The Chopping Block, Chicago’s premier recreational cooking school that combines entertainment and education. Andrea has worked for The Chopping Block for 15 years in various roles, including chef assistant, general manager and private event coordinator. She enjoys helping people overcome obstacles to get cooking at home! 

Posted By: Schulze

On: February 08, 2017