Over 1,000 people showed up and showed out for a good cause at Parkway’s Tricentennial Poor Boy Feast on October 30, 2018. We celebrated the City of New Orleans’ longevity and growth with a free 300-foot poor boy for the community, cold drinks, a costume contest, a fundraiser for The Al Copeland Foundation, and lots of good cheer to go around.
How We Did It
This was our first time putting together something of this scale at Parkway, and our first time using our spacious customer parking lot for something other than parking! But it went off without a hitch:
People came out in droves; it was beautiful. The weather was perfect, there was no ruckus or trouble. Everyone was real happy to be there – lots of togetherness. It was a feeling like I haven’t felt in a long time. It was the feeling like after the storm, when we re-opened the restaurant [Parkway]. It had a real New Orleans feel to it. There were lots of locals in attendance, people I hadn’t seen in a while. The neighborhood needs more things like this. We were all happy that there was more than enough to eat for everyone, and it was this feeling you get once in a while when something is just perfect. – Justin Kennedy, General Manager and Head Chef, Parkway Bakery and Tavern
Parkway team members showed up on their day off to meet the challenge of cooking 200 pounds of shrimp as quickly as possible, and assembling 300 feet of poor boy in an open parking lot – in front of over 1,000 people and local media. “We pulled it off,” said Justin. “I could tell that they [Parkway team members] at first were like “I don’t know if I can do this,” but then when they started doing it, you could tell they really loved it just as much as the people who were watching them. It was really cool.”
WGNO News with a Twist’s Wild Bill Wood was there to capture it all:
It was a great feeling to see so many people coming together to celebrate New Orleans food, culture, and community.
We celebrated that our 300-foot poor boy feast was happening just one day before Halloween with a little costume contest.
People showed up with all sorts of great looks, and in the end we gave away several $100 gift cards to Parkway and Copeland’s.
We are so grateful to everyone who came together to help make this event possible:
Leidenheimer Baking Co donated all the iconic and delicious French Bread that makes everything at Parkway taste terrific.
Blue Plate Mayonnaise donated all the mayo that went on the 300-foot poor boy! That’s a lot of mayo.
M&M Processing donated over 200 pounds of shrimp – the heart of our 300-foot wonder!
Coca-Cola donated the cold drinks that our 1,000+ guests enjoyed with their meal.
NOLA Brewing Company donated a special pour that was available for purchase, and all proceeds from that went to the Al Copeland Foundation. We were grateful for another opportunity to help the ACF raise funds for cancer research before our annual ACF fundraiser in November, #IDidItForTheTurkey:
I was blown away not only by the sight of the 300-foot Parkway Bakery Shrimp Poor Boy, but all the time, hard work and passion that went into creating this incredible 300th birthday celebration for our beloved New Orleans. Justin and the entire Parkway Bakery team truly embody the spirit and heart of New Orleans not just today, but every day. They are a family and the Al Copeland Foundation is honored to be part of that family. This incredible Parkway family helped raised over $1,000 to help save lives and end cancer for members of our community. We can never say thank you enough. – Kathleen Gross Thomas, Director, Al Copeland Foundation
We appreciate all the love and support we received from local media prior to the event, such as from WVUE FOX 8 News, helping us to spread the word about ACF and #IDidItForTheTurkey!
Many thanks to our friends at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival for helping us get the word out, and to BMF for helping us & our media partner DCAP MEDIA promote our #IDidItForTheTurkey fundraising efforts this year!
View all photos from Parkway Tricentennial Poor Boy Feast event in our Facebook album.