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By The Skanner News
Published: 12 July 2006

The taste of Southern Louisiana will come to Portland when the Martin Luther King, Jr. Loaves & Fishes Center hosts an Authentic Creole Jambalaya Dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.
The culinary team for this event includes Loaves & Fishes Centers board member Teletha Benjamin and Loaves & Fishes Centers Executive Director Joan Smith, both of whom have connections to Southern Louisiana.
The pair will use a traditional Creole-style recipe passed down in Benjamin's family. The Creole Jambalaya event is the first of its kind for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Loaves & Fishes Center, which has been serving the nutritional needs of seniors in Northeast Portland for more than 10 years.
"The daily menu at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center has evolved over the last year to include a variety of soul food entrées," said Center Manager David Lomax. "The food has received such good reviews that we decided to make it available to the general public for one special night. We guarantee a sumptuous feast to delight the tastebuds!"
The menu includes authentic Creole-style jambalaya (a non-seafood version is available), along with bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets are available from the center.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Loaves & Fishes is at 5325 N.E. MLK Blvd. For more information, call Lomax at 503-988-5211.
Since 1970, Loaves & Fishes centers have provided a nutritional and social lifeline for seniors through 28 meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and Meals-On-Wheels delivery to homebound seniors. With the help of more than 6,700 volunteers, the nonprofit, nonsectarian agency now serves 4,300 meals daily and more than 1 million meals each year. Loaves & Fishes Centers' vision is that no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation.

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