Dear Great Cajun Crawfish Boil...

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After hearing about your event which is being held Friday April 29th at Tempe's Kiwanis Park, we were sort of excited. Finally something out of the norm to entertain us on a Friday night.

 Then we did a little research and discovered this off-putting video from last year's event.



The last thing we want to do is discourage anyone from attending a charity event, so can we at least make a couple suggestions? 

First off. your DJ needs to stick to DJ-ing (which is what you hired him
for) and not post any more Youtube videos.  Especially not videos that
show off the extremely long lines at your event. Beside, shouldn't he be kicking out the jams at that unmanned DJ set-up? (Oh wait no. I forgot all you need to be a DJ these days is a laptop with an itunes playlist or an upgraded Pandora subscription.) Either way, these people look miserable and if we saw this we would have second thoughts about dropping $50 (Correction: The cost of the event is actually $40 , not $50. Sorry for any confusion.) to eat some crawfish out of kiddie pool.

Which brings us to number two, kiddie pools? Really? You people couldn't come up with any other ideas? That's mind blowing because if you do a google images search for "crawfish boil" a few great kiddie pool alternatives pop up....

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The most common method is to dump it all out on a newspaper covered table . Easy clean up. No kiddie pool required.

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Or you could always borrow a friend's boat. Arizona has the most boats per capital so you should have no problem finding one.

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How about a livestock trough? Clean, shiny and once again, not a trashy Wal-Mart kiddie pool.

Or if you are completely dead set on using something cheap and plastic, maybe invest in a couple of these adorable crab sandboxes. Not only are they cute but the sort or resemble the little crawfish.

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Just a thought.

Sincerely,

Chow Bella

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kkhkk1
kkhkk1

Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to damned, and no body to be kicked? From: http://xrl.us/bh8tjk

Guest
Guest

Since you decided to write a review without actually attending last year's festival, and actively discouraged people from attending this year's event, thought you might like to see what went down. http://www.facebook.com/photo..... Looks like a good time to me. Or are you going to find something else to whine about. Perhaps you don't think that it should have been a family event, maybe you don't like purple potatoes. After your articles of the past few months, you have zero credibility with the folks that read the blog. Thank goodness you work for free, otherwise, New Times might actually care about what you write and address your lack of ability.

MrsSchellenberg
MrsSchellenberg

I think that someone is just jealous that they can’t get their fat ass off the couch to go to a crawfish boil and have some fun... i was really upset that i couldn’t go this year because i couldn’t afford it but i will tell you this i will b flying back to AZ next year just to attend

cajun
cajun

how dare you comment on an event you did not attend, let alone one that was done for charity. I am so proud to be from Louisiana where we can get together to raise money for whatever charity, drink beer, eat crawfish or what-have-you from whatever vessel we choose (you show a picture of a perot as alternative?). I am proud to be from a state that people spend time and money to do good while still having fun. I am proud to be from a state that doesnt include you as one of our residents. Heaven forbid someone trying to spread a little sass in this culture void of an area. Next time you want blog (so pathetic) about an event attend it first. Thanks for your input now will you please refill my soda! (Waitress being your real occupation)

Kmathis
Kmathis

We were there and it was wonderful. We have certainly missed Southern hospitality we had grown accustomed to back home in La. What a treat to find spicy crawfish, cold Abita and sweet people in the middle of the desert. I guess the author has never been to a crawfish boil. If she had she would know that noone really cares what we eat our crawfish out of. Why all the fuss over the container anyway? She does realize crawfish live in the mud? Well maybe she doesn't, bless her heart ;o) Now I wouldn't say a crawfish boil is tidiest of culinary experiences, but the messiness is part of the fun right? I do hope the author will try and visit next year. Even standing in line is fun with a great group of people! Don't forget this event benefits many charities as well. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Conansland
Conansland

hahaha!!! yea you guys drop the ball on your wack ass DJ..crap!!!...no records??? a laptop?? what a joke!!!...if your dj is gonna use a laptop and not records,...then your crawdaddys might as well be frozen!!...don't cut corners on us...some of us are realy from the DEEP SOUTH..and we drink ABITAbitchass and know our muddbugs...AND OUR JAZZYCOONASSCOUNTRYTUNEES!!!..a laptop dj!!!,,,....get a band if your gonna hire a FAKE DJ!!!...ANY DJ THAT DON"t SPIN RECORDS??is a IPODJ....BET DAT!!!//_words from da SWISHATWISTA str8 outta da 850!! PENSACOLA,FL!!!!..not skimpee!!i mean tempe!!...CHHHUUURRRCCCHH!!!

Mrandle002
Mrandle002

you are a idiot... I am from new orleans and we use whatever will hold them..so how about you get a life and stop being a party pooper douche

Marc
Marc

Had you actually *gone* to the event you'd have something to actually write about, rather than making oh-so-witty comments on a year-old, 3-minute video found online.

"The last thing we want to do is discourage anyone from attending a charity event..." but that's exactly what you did. And it wasn't even original - your tone is sardonic ala "Friends" reruns from 15 years ago.

Get over yourself. You are not even a food critic, you're a food *blogger*, which essentially means that you have an internet connection and the email address of an editor at New Times who needs to fill space without actually having to pay for it. Props to you, though, you got a byline without even leaving your chair.

Me? I went to the Crawfish Boil. Ate some crawfish, some boiled shrimp, dirty rice, cole slaw, red beans and rice, andouille and Sno-Balls. Drank my favorite beer in the world. Shared some laughs with friends, met a couple of new ones. Threw a ball around with my kids on a beautiful Friday evening. Try to find THAT while sitting on your ass, searching Google for a way to not do your 'job'.

You have not only robbed people of the time it took to read your column, but yourself of the actual experience.

Shame.

Panagringarp
Panagringarp

Dear Person who chose to put down our wonderful event:First, may I say that rather than put something down about which you appear to know nothing, maybe you should make an effort to attend a crawfish boil and learn about other community traditions that take place in other states. This isn't about the DJ, long lines, etc., but rather about people getting together to have a good time and enjoy good food at an event put together mostly by volunteers who are willing to give of their own time to make this happen in a fun way for the community. Your put-down of the crawfish boil shows that you have no sense of community, just a false sense of superiority which is only derived by putting events about which you know nothing down. shame on you -- you must be a "journalist"!

Dcbro12
Dcbro12

Thank you to all who helped put on the crawfish boil! People here do not seem to get the point of a crawfish boil. Sure, you want good food, and yeah, live bands are cool. But I did not see anyone alone at this event, and I think Phoenix needs a bit more Southern Hospitality! I personally appreciated all the work that went into this, it brought me back to Lafayette for a few hours, and I met some amazing people who got to share such a great event with me. This event was the absolute epitemy of what a crawfish boil should be, and I once again thank all who put it on!

Suckonthis
Suckonthis

Lame article. I didn't see no kiddie pools. Hey how bout this why don't u do a crawfish event?

SoutherngyrlnAZ
SoutherngyrlnAZ

It is great to know that this event, while open to all Arizonians, was perfect for us southerners who now call AZ home. Great job guys! I and the friends I brought along with me look forward to next year. More crawfish for us!

Guest
Guest

Once again, more snarky comments from Ms. Armour. The event kicked butt last year, and, if instead of trashing it, you had actually checked in to it, you would have discovered that the problems with lines were fixed this year by providing more stations for both beer and food. Instead you chose to attack something without any provocation or investigation. I don't know what you do in real life, but you have no journalistic ability, no concept of how to do anything but denigrate people and events. This is a group of volunteers, none of whom run events for a living, putting on something fun and unique, and rather than applaud the effort, you use them as your target. Why don't you make some effort to do something, rather than just commenting on life as it passes you by.

Ali P
Ali P

They don't do live music b/c the park doesn't allow it after a certain hour, it is very close to a neighborhood.

Bryanpayne
Bryanpayne

Wow, they removed the video after it got linked. SUPER lame. Glad I skipped going.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I remember playing with my cajun/zydeco band, the Arizona Alligators, at one of those events about 10 years ago. How come they don't do live music?

Dcbro12
Dcbro12

Just to clarify, the food was amazing, and worth way more than $40, in my opinion. Thanks again!

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