"We want to bless the community and give back to the people who have given to us."

Savory flavored rice, with chicken or pork, and sausage. No matter the combination, the choice is yours.

After 25 years of operation, The Jambalaya Shoppe wanted to say thanks to its customers with a Customer Appreciation Day.

Cheryl Fontenot, founder of The Jambalaya Shoppe, said, "We want to bless the community and give back to the people who have given to us. We love the people and love making friends. We're a community minded business, and our event shows that."

The Shoppe has even partnered with the Special Olympics program and has presented them with a check from money they have raised for them.

Aside from donating money, The Jambalaya Shoppe has done its part when serving the community and has donated to teachers during their teacher appreciation week. They took the time to cook some jambalaya and bring it to schools in Ascension Parish for teachers to enjoy for free.

In a generously-sized container, free jambalaya was lined up for guests to take and enjoy as they navigated the event. Refreshments were also provided, and seating was offered if you chose to sit and have lunch.

There were plenty of fun games to enjoy for kids, too. For example: inflatables, face painting, and coloring. Guests even had the opportunity to snag some free rice bags, chat with local businesses, or take some free creole seasoning that The Jambalaya Shoppe provided.

"We were birthed from the Lord," Cheryl said. "So we only see it right to give businesses, old and new, an opportunity for growth."
One business Cheryl wanted to feature was Cake That, which made special tiny cakes with The Jambalaya Shoppe logo on it.

You can find items they serve on thejambalayashoppe.com website and order something yummy for your next gathering.

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