2019 Beneficiaries

Riff Ridgel

Eight years ago, on August 14, 2010 at the age of 32, Riff Ridgel was injured in a tragic accident which left him a quadriplegic on vent support. Riff lives in Tickfaw where his parents along with close family members continue taking care of him full time. He is able to sip and puff to move his wheelchair around on his own which gives him some independence. Riff enjoys spending time with his family, especially his son, Tristin, who is now 8 years old. Through the support & love of caring family, friends and even people he has never met, Riff has been able to lead a productive life.

Norma Morgan Strate

Norma Morgan Strate was diagnosed with ALS in April 2017 at the age of 71. Two years later on April 15, 2019 she lost the battle.  Proceeds from the CookOff with be provided to Norma’s family to help cover any outstanding medical expenses.

2019 Sponsors



Ed’s Plumbing
J & D Artistic Designs
JAR Consulting
Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
MBR Enterprises, Inc.
MGM Mini Storage
Milton Fence
Sheriff Daniel Edwards
The First, A National Banking Association


Coburn’s Wholesale Distributers
Daryl and Sons Framing
First Guaranty Bank
Gary Stanga, Clerk of Court
Joey Mayeaux
“JR” Matheu, Assessor
Kandy Ray
Kent Trailers
Lamar Advertising
Moen Faucets
Salty Joe’s BBQ
Sherman Q. Mack Attorney at Law
Silver Slipper Casino
Southern Pipe and Supply Co
Tangi Tourism Commission
Tony Lamonte, Mayor, Village of Tickfaw

2019 Entertainment

Zydeco Mike - 2019 Riff Ridgel Crawfish Cookoff Entertainment

Zydeco Mike

11:00am – 1:30pm

Zydeco Mike Frederick’s roots run deep in the Breaux Bridge/Lafayette area. At the age of 7 his cousin handed him his first accordion. Through endless hours of practice and devotion to his Cajun heritage, he taught himself to master his beloved accordion. Over the years he has expended his genre to include zydeco swing and rock and roll.

Jo-El Sonnier - 2019 riff Ridgel Crawfish Cookoff Entertainment

Jo-El Sonnier

Special performance with Zydeco Mike

Born in Rayne, Louisiana, Jo-El Sonnier has played traditional Cajun music around the world for over 50 years. Jo-El is the undisputed “King of Cajun” with four Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award as well as nominated to the Academy of Country Music for the “New Male Vocalist of the Year Award” and is a Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Johnny Sansone - 2019 riff Ridgel Crawfish Cookoff Entertainment

The Johnny Sansone Band

2:00 – 4:00pm

Johnny Sansone is an award winning musician, songwriter and recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. His style of Blues, Swamp grooves, Zydeco, and heart felt ballads have established him in a unique category. He is known to play and record with Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Dr. John, Anders Osbourne, North Mississippi Allstars, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr. and John Fohl.