Sauce Boss to dish out blues licks

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM.

“That’s the genius of serendipity,” said Wharton about the experience.

Cooking gumbo while playing music isn’t a simple task, though Wharton admitted that over the years, things have gotten easier.

His first shows with the gumbo pot at his side also included the prep of the meal, though he quickly learned that dicing onions while trying to play blues licks wasn’t a natural fit. He now does all his prep in advance.

“The first time I made gumbo on stage, I basically had a bag of groceries with me,” he laughed. “It was a total mess.”

Wharton now has a regimen that he practices prior to each show to ensure that all ingredients are ready and everything is in its place. While he feels his system is more efficient now, it wasn’t without growing pains.

He said, “A few times, I had to take breaks during the show so that I could go to the store!”

Wharton chose gumbo as his stage dish for the same reason he enjoys blues music: it brings people together. The traditional Creole dish is a combination of African American, Native American, Spanish and even German culinary influences.

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