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Rueffert’s fresh garden gumbo ready for Cornbread Reunion

cornbread with hans

A cornbread group helped chef Hans Rueffert gather and prep fresh vegetables in his test kitchen for gourmet "Garden Gumbo." Those gathered around the garden table are Amy Jo Mingledorff, Debby Helton, PACA Board, Nellie Lou Caylor, PACA Advisory Board, Rueffert and Merry Grey Caylor. 


By Max Caylor

Contributing Writer


     Chef Hans Rueffert fired up his test kitchen  preparing  “Garden Gumbo” using fresh corn, okra, tomatoes and more  from the Pickens Farmer’s Market last Saturday at the Woodbridge Inn.  He is the chair of the food committee for the Cornbread Reunion and said, “nothing goes better with cornbread than fresh vegetables.”  

The free admission 2nd annual Cornbread Reunion running  from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday August 11, is a “Hometown Celebration of the Arts” and is sponsored by the Pickens Arts & Cultural Alliance. The gastronomic and arts gathering will be held at the green space at the corner of Spring and South Main. It will feature local artists, including an art raffle, live music and a cornbread competition.  

Contestants may register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and their 6” or 9” pan of cornbread must arrive by 10 a.m. for judging.

     Lunch will be $10 and include choice of cornbread, coleslaw, syrups and fried ham prepared on the grill by Arthur McIntyre.  Also, griddle cakes, preserves and butters will add to the country meal.

The downtown Jasper Sidewalk Sale will take place from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and provide an opportunity for residents to shop local bargains.  Music and activities will be taking place on North Main for the entire family.  

Volunteer helpers are needed to serve and help throughout the venue. Please contact Amelia McIntyre 770.893.7940 to help make the Cornbread Reunion a down home family event.