Cajun Country Rice, Camellia Brand, and Savoie’s Foods are celebrating all things red beans and rice-through art! The brands recently announced to commemorate this iconic Louisiana Monday meal that there will be an art competition focusing on all things red beans and rice!
The three companies will host an art competition titled Monday’s Favorite Meal: Red Beans and Rice Art Competition. They hope that through the competition, it will inspire the younger generation to learn more about the classic Monday tradition, and bring it back to the minds of adults.
Red beans and rice as a dish has been around for centuries, originally arriving in Louisiana from Haitians fleeing the revolution in Saint Domingue. The reason that the dish became a popular Monday dish is that there was always leftover ham bones from Sunday dinners. Not wanting to waste this flavorful ingredient, many New Orleanians threw it into a pot with red kidney beans, and simply left the mixture to simmer on low heat. It was a convenient way to have a delicious home-cooked meal that allowed people to do other chores while cooking at the same time!
As for the competition, it is open to fifth graders and up across Louisiana and will run until March 22. There will be three groups: students grade 5-8, students grade 9-12, and adults. Once you’ve decided which group you are in, create an art piece that captures your interpretation of a red beans and rice Monday moment. Upload two or three photographs of your completed artwork to enter. The contest is for Louisiana resident and students must be registered in a Louisiana school. It is open to all art mediums with the exception of photography. Mediums include two or three-dimensional, digital art, sculpture, watercolor, acrylic, oil, mosaic, fabric art, etc.
For more details, visit MondayTradition.com/Contest/.