MARQUETTE — It was another round of Sam vs. Food this past weekend, with a little twist, as ABC 10’s Andrew Lorinser stepped up to the plate to take on a Muffuletta challenge at the Lagniappe in downtown Marquette.
The sandwich is layered with ham, cotto salami, mortadella and provolone cheese, along with their famous olive salad. Chef Don Durley says when he opened up over 30 years ago, there wasn’t much when it came to cajun creole cuisine.
“Ten years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot of ethnic going on. The town was ready. I was ready. And you know what they say: if you want to be successful, do something that your passionate about. I’m Acadian all the way and I’m passionate about cajun creole,” Durley said.
Also a part of this challenge was a side of red beans and rice, with a special level of spicy heat to go with this event.
“Seven is not the spiciest thing on our menu. Right after seven on the menu, it says “Are You Freaking Kidding Me?” You are getting those red beans and rice “Are You Freaking Kidding Me?” level. You won’t be able to do this bro,” said Durley.
We're live for the #SamVsFood challenge at Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery. Andrew Lorinser is talking with the masterful chefs in the kitchen as they prepare his amazing, gigantic, spicy meal. abc10up.com/samvsfood
Posted by ABC10 & CW5 UP on Saturday, May 14, 2016
To find out if Chef Durley was right, head to the ABC 10 Facebook page for the full video from our live feed.
We couldn’t use Chef Don Durley’s full interview for our aired version for the story, but for a web exclusive, we thought his full interview was uniquely informative and entertaining. For your viewing pleasure, here’s the raw, unedited version. Thank you to the Lagniappe for inviting us down for Sam Vs. Food.