Cooking for a Cause



It's a Party!  "Come Pass a Good Time"

Celebrate New Orleans cooking with Chef Ric Orlando and learn how to make his super authentic "Everything Gumbo".

This is the real deal baby!  Slowly cooked, dark and earthy, OMG-delish stew.  This is a dish you can mess around with your “Everything”. Got a little Gator, cooked duck or a leftover lobster? Throw it in!

But it is not a party without cocktails.  Learn how to make the classic Sazerac to enjoy with your gumbo.

When you buy your tickets, we will send you a shopping list so you can purchase the ingredients.  On the day of the event we will send you a Zoom invite.  Cook along or just drink Sazeracs and follow along and cook gumbo when you feel like it.

Tickets are $50 with 100% of the net profits being donated to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. 

Grab your beads, and help us work together to combat hunger, and "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (Let the good times roll)!


In the media, Ric’s Potato Latkes Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network and he also won on Chopped twice including the elimination round of the inaugural Chopped Champions. In the 2013 World Food Championships, Next Top Product Category, his meatless Eggplant “Meatballs” won the top prize for the Northeast region.


He also has appeared on NBC TODAY show, PBS’s Simply Ming, Live From Darryl’s House on MTV, Home Matters on Discovery, as well as many scores of regional media appearances. He regularly guests on WAMC Public Radio’s Food Friday call in show.


Ric produced, wrote and starred in the 13- episode regional Public Television series Ric Orlando's TV Kitchen and wrote the companion book We Want Clean Food. He has done a TEDX talk. All available on his YouTube and InstagramTV channel chefricorlando

After 25 years as the Upstate regions favorite chef, Ric now owns the
Ricter Scale Brand of creative seasonings and condiments. Flavor Maker Spices are the exact seasoning used in his award winning New World Restaurants and Ric-ter Scale sauces are his special unique blends with a devoted following.

The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley’s mission is to alleviate hunger and prevent food waste.  The Food Bank is located in Cornwall-on-Hudson and distributes food to more than 400 organizations in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Sullivan counties. 


It is a branch of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and a member of Feeding America, the national food bank network.  Last year, the Food Bank provided 22 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and other agencies feeding people in need.  

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Ric Orlando's
Flavor Maker Spice &
Ric-ter Scale Brand Sauce

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