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Our first Fest

Frank from HoumaFrank from Houma Posts: 5,755
edited 11:45AM in EggHead Forum
This was our first fest and we had a blast. Thanks to BGE for putting on a first class event. Considering the challenging weather the day before, they did an outstanding job getting everything ready the next morning. Especially enjoyed meeting a lot of folks from the forum. Didn't take a lot of pics, but here are a few. Had my head down and behind up most of the day and some more at the after party.


Special thanks to Spring Chicken and Spring Hen for taking us under their wings on our first fest






  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    Thanks for the wonderful gift, hopefully we'll get to spend more time with you in the near future
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Frank, you are one special dude. First off the wine cork hot pad was beautiful, but nothing on earth could compare to the fillet of blackened redfish you plunked down in frot of me. Besides letting Kim and Max have a little taste, I ate the whole thing! We will go fishing one of these days. -RP
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    Pleasure meeting you even after not being able to pronounce your city. :(
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Great meeting you and your lovely wife, Thank you so much for remembering about the "blackened red fish magic", will put it into good use in no time. All the best!!
  • My bride says next fest we have to cook less so we can do some visiting.
  • Always ready Randy. Have to build up my stock of redfish before the next fest. :laugh:
  • drbbqdrbbq Posts: 1,152
    It was nice to meet you Frank and the Redfish was the best thing I ate all weekend. And that's saying a lot!
    Ray Lampe Dr. BBQ
  • Whoa bubba! Thanks. Nice visiting with you and we'll see you down the road.
  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    That is a very hard trait to learn, we cook all day at our local fest..."Eggfest" in Waldorf....but when traveling we are limited to how much we can matter what, you will always miss something, just part of the reality....Glad you had a good time, and again Thank You.
  • frank, it was great to meet you !!! ...and THANKS so much for the wine cork trivet. .. my wife absolutely loves it!!!!!!.. . i'm gonna have to contact you about possibly getting you to drink some more wine and make a second one for her best friend for christmas. .. .
  • BTW - 90% of the folks mispronounced it. No problema senor.
  • You will enjoy the seasoning and thanks for the tequila sampler. We'll have a little tequila bandera. :)
  • Drinking wine and woodworking - two of my favorite pastimes. But not at the same time. :laugh:
  • SSN686SSN686 Posts: 3,202
    Morning Frank:

    Sorry I didn't get to talk much with you, but the time spent was great (almost as good as that redfish!). Look forward to seeing y'all again next year or at one of the other Fests. Remember the Florida Fest is in March!!!!

    Have a GREAT day!


    Brandon, FL


  • We might make the trip just for some shrimp burgers.
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Watching you work that redfish was a memory for me to keep. You had a line all day long for that delicacy.

    Enjoyed meeting you!
  • Spring HenSpring Hen Posts: 1,568
    Oh I have competition for your shrimp burgers...what have I done???? The minute I saw Maria's eyes light up with glee on that first bite I knew I was in trouble. I guess from now on I will have to hover over the mini right when they come off the grill....hee....hee....
    Covington, Louisiana USA
  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    Frank, it was great meeting you in person. Your blackened fish was one of the biggest hits of the fest! I thank you for my cork trivet!
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    And the other thing, not many people attend their first Eggtoberfest and cook, let alone cook probably the best product of the fest. Congrats man! -RP
  • It was fun - nice meeting you Fidel. I'm pushing a cart full of stuff including hanging clothes down a hallway and from behind I hear "must be Frank in Houma". I turn and ask Fidel "how did you know". Answer, "The LSU shirt hanging on the rack was a dead give away".
  • Pleasure meeting you and your family as well.
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Ha! I forgot about that.

    Glad I got to set up next to you and the times.
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    Frank, we really enjoyed your redfish. It was delicious, so moist and the spices were just right. We don't have any redfish up in Wisconsin but I'm sure catfish would work ok.
    It was great getting to meet you. Hope to see you again. What's your next fest?
  • Will likely do Austin and prolly Florida.
  • Frank, Nice to have met you. Wish I had the opportunity to dig into the Reds. I know some folks (me included) who'd love that recipe.

  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
  • Very nice meeting you Frank. Thanks for taking some time and talking with myself and my girlfriend. I really appreciate the insight into the industry that you shared with me. Unfortunately I didn't do much eating at the fest just cooking, so I missed out on the Redfish, but I will be sure and get some next year. Thanks again.
  • So simple.

    1) Catch a legal sized redfish (best part of the recipe)

    2) Filet the redfish

    3) Season both sides with Paul Prudhomme's Blackened redfish seasoning

    4) Get a CI pan real hot - dome was running 450-500 during the fest

    5) Drop a couple Tbsn of butter in the pan and follow with the fish

    6) Turn after 4-5 minutes and cook the other side for about 4-5 minutes (time depends on how thick the filet is)


    Will work with any non oily fish. Better with a fish that will not fall apart during handling. Blackening fish was first made popular by Chef Paul. I have tried a couple different knock offs on the seasoning and have tried mixing my own with recipes from the web - I always return to the original.
  • How many are there in Florida?
  • reelgemreelgem Posts: 4,256
    Thanks Frank! I know you can't beat Paul Prudhomme. We make pilgrimages to New Orleans just to eat at his restaurant and Central Grocery for the muffaletta's. Regarding the ? about FL eggfests. I think there is only one and that's in Ocala. I know Poolman would know that. I don't think there's a question he can't answer. He's quite knowledgeable and very helpful.
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