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February 11, 2010 17:20 ET

New Orleans' Chef John Besh Helps Zatarain's Throw World's Largest Mardi Gras Party

More Than 1,000 Party Hosts Rallying to Set Fat Tuesday Record

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) -

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In an effort to assemble the world's largest Mardi Gras celebration, Zatarain's is hosting more than 1,000 organized house parties from coast to coast this Fat Tuesday, February 16. Zatarain's, the brand serving up New Orleans-Style food for more than 120 years, wants to help America embrace the fun and excitement of Mardi Gras, no matter where in the country you are -- from Jackson Square to Jackson, Wyoming.

"Having celebrated Mardi Gras my whole life, I'd like to think I know a thing or two about throwing a great Fat Tuesday party -- though I've certainly never seen one quite like what Zatarain's has planned. I'm excited to be part of the fun by sharing my own versions of traditional New Orleans cuisine like dirty rice and gumbo. Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without them." -- New Orleans Chef John Besh, Author of My New Orleans: The Cookbook

While the French Quarter may be most commonly associated with Mardi Gras revelry, the majority of the traditional New Orleans celebrating actually takes place in people's homes with friends, family and -- of course -- food. Centered around New Orleans essentials like jambalaya and red beans and rice, food has the place of honor at any Mardi Gras celebration. This year, in collaboration with HouseParty, Zatarain's is spreading the merriment beyond the Big Easy by hosting parties in more than 1,000 homes across the country.

Currently, world records are held for the largest tea party, karaoke party and virtual Halloween party, but nothing yet has been set for a Mardi Gras celebration.

Celebrating New Orleans Style

Party hosts will enjoy feasting on flavorful Zatarain's dishes while sharing their fun and festivities with other hosts across the U.S. through pictures and videos. Those not signed up to be "official" hosts can still join in the revelry by throwing an authentic New Orleans party.

This Fat Tuesday, help Zatarain's throw the world's largest Mardi Gras celebration by planning your own bash. You can also visit Zatarian's for essential recipes, tips, crafts and entertaining ideas, become a Zatarain's fan on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@myzatarains). Let the good times roll.

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