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Krewe Members Receive Taste of New Orleans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
March 20, 2012



Throughout the week of March 19-25, the New Orleans Hornets are celebrating the contributions of people who arent technically members of the Hornets organization, but who are as important as anyone to the future success of the franchise. The seven-day period has been dubbed Krewe Member Appreciation Week, with an objective of recognizing and thanking the teams 10,000-plus season ticket holders.

The week tipped off Monday with an annual Taste of New Orleans event, in which over 1,000 Krewe members were guests of honor at the downtown Marriott hotel on Canal Street. The large group of Hornets fans sampled delicious food from an array of eateries that help give New Orleans its well-deserved reputation as one of the best places in the world to dine, including Acme Oyster House, Restaurant August, Mr. Mudbug, Eiffel Society, Muriels, Nuccios Italian & Seafood Restaurant, Byblos, Salu, City Greens and Oceana Grill.

Each Hornets player and coach was on hand to participate in the three-hour event, serving food to fans and interacting with guests through the evening. The event was capped by a contest of Family Food that pitted a pair of Krewe member teams that were captained by Carl Landry and Chris Kaman.

Although the Hornets do not have any Louisiana natives on their current roster, seven-year NBA veteran Jarrett Jack has a slew of family members who reside in the Pelican State. While growing up in the Washington, D.C., area, the 6-foot-3 point guard often traveled south as a youngster to visit relatives here. Jacks parents are both from Louisiana.

I was introduced to Louisiana food when I was a small kid, so Ive eaten all of the delicacies, from alligator to turtle to all different kinds of things, a smiling Jack said. When we came from D.C., I wasnt used to people catching stuff, skinning it, then cooking it. Eating things from rabbit to alligator, those were the craziest things for me to experience.

It hasnt been an easy year for Hornets fans, with the team experiencing continuous bad breaks in the form of widespread injuries, as well as a number of narrow defeats. For Jack, one of the teams captains, the 2011-12 season has continued to give him great appreciation for the support the Hornets receive in the Crescent City.

For you guys to come out and support us, we wanted to let you know that your attendance doesnt go unnoticed, the teams second-leading scorer said. We know that we are privileged to have you as fans. You could support any other team in the world, but you choose to support us. Were very, very appreciative and very grateful for that.

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Hornets Players Favorite Foods
Al-Farouq Aminu: Pasta
Gustavo Ayon: Any type of Italian
Marco Belinelli: Lasagna, tortellini
Eric Gordon: Salmon, steak
Xavier Henry: Hot wings
Jarrett Jack: Macaroni and cheese
Chris Kaman: Mediterranean or Mexican
Carl Landry: Pizza
Emeka Okafor: Any New Orleans cuisine
Jason Smith: Any type of Mexican
Lance Thomas: Hibachi
Greivis Vasquez: Any Mexican dish



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