March Madness Oyster Slurp-fest at Mignonette
UPDATES: After today's Round one and Round Two, the FINAL March Mollusk Madness Match-up scheduled for April 4th at 6 pm. will pit the two New Orleans oyster lovers, Paula Echevarria and Steven Scharf (aka The Chowfather). Paula is the favorite to win, having slurped down 80 oysters in about 2 minutes during the first two rounds. It was shucking amazing!
Spring has sprung and March Madness is upon us and Mignonette wants in on the action! Chef Danny Serfer has stacked his bracket with the top seeded writers, local foodies and basketball experts to compete in Mignonette’s first-ever Mollusk March Madness. Mignonette will pit contestants against each other in pairs and give each a platter of shucked oysters. With 60 seconds on the clock, the slurp-fest will commence! Whichever pair has devoured the most oysters moves onto the next round, and so on.
Beginning Monday, March 21st at 6pm, Mignonette’s Elite Eight will compete. Keeping in step with the NCAA, the Final Four will go on to the next day, Tuesday, March 22nd and the Championships will be held the following, Monday, April 4th at 6pm.
“There’s one thing I’ve always been good at,” Chef Danny Serfer says, “and it’s not sports. But I take my sport-adjacent activities very seriously. Both of our restaurants – Mignonette and Blue Collar - have Fantasy leagues, and my partner Ryan and I consider it serious business. This year, instead of filling out our brackets like the rest of the world, we’re making this about slurping oysters. We’re changing the game.”
233. That is the number of oysters World-Record holder, Colin Shirlow, slurped in four minutes. Can our Miami Elite top that number????
The projections look good for Mignonette’s record-hopeful participants.
MIAbites's contributor and Check, Please! Associate Producer Paula Echevarria and The Chowfather himself, Steven Scharf, have a New Orleans competitive advantage under their belts. Carla Torres talks a big game and will be going head-to-head with sports-radio king Jonathan Zaslow. Lee Klein squares off against Gio Guitierrez of ChatChow/Instagram fame.
PR maven Larry Carrino will pair up against Ale Cangas from The Hungry Post in the final match up of the Elite Eight. Their names will be featured on the restaurant’s marquee and blank brackets will be provided at the restaurant. Any guest who fills out their bracket correctly will win a half dozen oysters, which they can consume at their leisure.
The smack-talk has begun. Who will be this March’s Cinderella story? Come out to Mignonette at 6pm on Monday, March 21st to see the action! And remember, winner takes all. The glory, the bragging rights and a Kobe-apology-sized trophy.
Let the SLURPING begin! And of course MIAbites will be routing for our own Paula Echevarria to go all the way!
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