In Louisiana, the crawfish are called mudbugs--a terribly fitting sobriquet with BP's oils fouling the Gulf Coast. Yet Bayou fishermen are quick to point out that, as with crawfish, much of their products are safe because they're not actually from the Gulf. Their PR struggle is a major one for a profession still trying to financially recover from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. If you want to help them out, Landmark Bistro in Marshall, Minnesota, will be serving its rendition of the classic crawfish boil as part of the Dine Out for the Gulf Coast benefit. Here are the details:
More than 100 restaurants and eateries across the nation will be participating in the benefit, which runs today through Saturday. Proceeds will go toward the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, which makes emergency grants to nonprofits helping victims of the spill--including fishermen.
Chef Elizabeth Lindemer says she's making the dish with her own version of Old Bay seasoning, served with a whole crawfish and red potatoes. Fifteen percent of the profits from that dish--which includes a tap beer of your choice--will go toward the fund. Marshall is a trek from the Twin Cities, about 150 miles southwest. But the crawfish boil is rare in L' Étoile du Nord, and eating it will give you a chance to effectively and legally vent your anger at BP with kitchen utensils.
Landmark Bistro 100 West College Drive, Marshall 507.337.6600