Authentic Louisiana Shrimp Boil at Rainbow Restoration

Authentic Louisiana Shrimp Boil at Rainbow Restoration

The smell of Louisiana drifted through the air at Rainbow Restoration in Invermere last week.

Owners Dave and Dianna Hessel mingled with the invited guests who dug into the giant pastel pink shrimp, sunshine yellow corn, and murky gumbo with gusto.

“We truly appreciate our customers, staff, clients, trades and other professional relationships. We find this a great way to give back to our community and show thanks for 9 years of service,” shared Mr. Hessel after the event, which fed more than 100 Rainbow Restoration staff and guests an authentic Shrimp Boil.

The Shrimp Boil started in 2016, after the Hessels won the event through Rainbow International’s parent company at an auction that helps other new and struggling franchise businesses. The shrimp boil was such a success, they decided to do another one this year as a way to thank their clients and others who help make the restoration company a success.

Chad Vicknair, a certified master chef with the American Culinary Association and fellow Rainbow Restoration business owner in New Orleans, helped the Hessels by cooking the authentic Louisiana feast of 100 pounds of shrimp and roughly 200 pounds of gumbo. Mr. Vicknair described scenes back home of mounds of this type of food for a family get-together, as much a part of New Orleans life as jazz music and Mardi Gras.

Attendees gushed at the flavours of the meal, but more at the generosity of Rainbow Restoration to thank their partners and clients in such a generous fashion. Plates sagged under the weight of the food piled high. But there was still so much food left over at the end of the event, the Hessels packed it up and brought it down to the wildfire fighter’s camp in the football field across from the school board office.

“Having the opportunity to give back to the firefighters that have been working so hard to keep the Kootenays safe was a great experience, meeting many of the workers from Creston to Revelstoke,” shared Mr. Hessel.

The 20 or so firefighters were appreciative and enjoyed the unexpected feast after a long day on the fire line.

The Hessels opened their property restoration company in 2009. Rainbow Restoration has 19 employees between their Invermere and Cranbrook offices.

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