About Twenty Folk who recently relocated to the Austin Convention Center from New Orleans are gathered with the Austin Kos group for Gumbo and Jambalaya prepared by Karry, a chef at Pascal Manales restaurant in New Orleans, using pots borrowed from Wink, a local Austin Resturant. He started cooking yesterday so that we could enjoy this feast tonight, complete with pound cake for dessert.
We're going to take turns saying a few words...
When invited to comment, Karry said, "Nawwwww."
Roderick (9 years old) says:
how are y'all doing?
My name is Lawrence. I'm 18 years old, and I had fun at the Gumbo Bash.
Well I'm Karyn and it has been a pleasure to be invited to such a shin dig! If the people here at this small gathering of friends represent the great state of Texas then it's as awesome as I imagined it would be.
Orlando who is 17 years old "says I want to play in the NFL!"
My name is Angie I am grateful for the gumbo and jambalaya and the kindness of all the People in Austin Texas I really miss home but I am grateful that I am here with my family
Edwima says just be thankful and grateful.
Veronica (78) says, "I want to thank all of you people for being so nice, and it's so truly appreciated. I haven't laughed or smiled in a couple of weeks as I have here tonight. I had a wish for gumbo and it came true! It was delicious! And so was the jambalaya."
Troy says, "Like the tree in front of my house in New Orleans, I bent but I didn't break. And I'm being propped up by the people of Austin. And I will bear fruit again."
Ari says, "The city of Austin is so nice out here. I give my blessing to them for helping our people out when we didn't have anything. And I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And I love them. And I'll always keep them in my prayers."
When the Saints Go Marching In has followed Louis Armstrong's rendition of Down By The Riverside on the Sound system - "Ain't Gonna Study War No More."
This is Refinish69(Steve). Tonight was one of the best nights I have spent in years. I brought in my collection of teddy bears and collector Barbie dolls and watched the women of all ages smile from ear to ear as they selected babies to take with them and keep as keep sakes. The food was fabulous and the friends I made tonight will be friends for years. It is a fabulous feeling to see the survivors expressing their feelings, laughing, talking and even expressing anger at the situation. I feel blessed to have met these wonderful people. Tonight I feel the healing may have begun for some of my new friends.
This is roses. Oh, what a night! Truly the best gumbo and jambalaya I've ever had. Hard to describe all the emotions I feel. I'm just glad that these wonderful people that I've met from New Orleans are here with us and safe.
Ruffin of New Orleans says Good Night, Sleep Tight.