Long-time, Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage knows how to share the holiday merriment with the community…why he’s been doing it for 18 years and close to almost as long as he’s been in office. Last week on December 6th, the annual Cajun-Creole Holiday Party on Fifth Street at the Community Center in Stafford was all about a gathering that’s become a tradition, the kind that is eagerly anticipated in Fort Bend County. He’s been known to invite the public at the closing of commissioners court meetings. The event, organized and hosted by Commissioner Prestage, is family-style and it also joins others kicking off the holiday season in this area. It’s more than a “I want to stay in touch with you” event, but rather, “stop by, say hello, aren’t we fortunate to live in Fort Bend County…and let’s break bread and enjoy being together as a community.”
The successful turnout again this year was a mix of residents and politicos alike. Why one could have thought that a quorum of the commissioners court was present with Commissioners James Patterson, Richard Morrison, and Andy Meyers, Precincts 4, 1, and 3, respectively; along with Prestage in the community center as they socialized in different areas of the large room with residents. But their being there wasn’t about meeting on agenda topics, but visiting, mingling and eating the fine foods like seafood etoufee over rice, gumbo and so many other Southern Cajun favorites that would want to make celebrity chef and New Orleans restaurant owner Emeril Lagasse, known for his emphasis on Creole and Canjun cooking styles, wish he had been here, too.
The head turning “pièce de résistance” made its entrance carried by two strong types into the dining room, and the imaginary “tadah” was probably running through everyone’s minds. It was the roasted pig weighing about 60 pounds, maybe more. The entire hog was cooked outside the center in a special cooker over coals, but also grilled routisserie-style…a real treat!
Upon leaving the event, it became clear that Commissioner Prestage’s holiday party with so many familiar and friendly faces and the preparation of the roasted pig, served at family reunions in other places, is now a bona fide tradition here between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Looks like another first in Fort Bend County – an annual party with roasted pig for a community’s reunion celebrating the good life!