Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a proclamation that Monday, March 22, 2021 will be Red Beans and Rice Day across the state of Louisiana. Three iconic local brands, Cajun Country Rice, Camellia Brand, and Savoie’s Foods team up to put red beans and rice on every table in the state to spread the love.

All three brands are partnering with Second Harvest and Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to make donations, based on purchases of Cajun Country Rice, Camellia Beans and Savoie's Smoked Andouille Sausage.

We are thrilled that Gov. Edwards has seen fit to help us shine a light on this iconic Louisiana food and its nearly 200-year history.  We want to do our part to make sure as many people as possible can join in the meal on March 22 and beyond.  - Freddie Lafleur, CEO of Savoie’s Foods

The history of red beans and rice goes back to the 19th Century in New Orleans and families serving pork at Sunday lunch and then looking for an easy meal on Mondays, the traditional wash day.

Here in New Orleans, we’ve been at red beans and rice on Mondays for a long time. We know some folks across the state do the same, but we invite everyone to join us. There’s value beyond words in sitting down at the table with your family to a delicious home-cooked meal of red beans, rice and sausage.   - Vince Hayward, CEO of L. H. Hayward & Company, owner of Camellia Brand, based in New Orleans.

Governor Edwards said in his proclamation that red beans, rice, and sausage is homegrown Louisiana comfort food. And that it is. Choose the delicious trio and on March 22nd gather with the family to enjoy some red beans and rice that is Louisiana-grandmother approved.

As part of the proclamation, there is a ‘Red Beans, Sausage and Rice Art Competition’ that is open to 5th graders and up across the state of Louisiana and runs through March 22nd. This is a great way to educate the younger generation and an effort to bring the Monday tradition of red beans and rice back. . For more details on the art competition, click here.

For recipes and to lear more about Red Beans and Rice Mondays, click here. Hopefullym every table in Louisiana will have Red Beans and Rice on their table on Monday, March 22nd!

 

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