News Release
 February 28, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. – No matter what you call it; Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras (which is actually French for Fat Tuesday), or Shrove Day (an English term which derived from Shrovetide) – it’s a day for feasting on all things indulgent. Many use the Lenten season as a time to reflect, remember, and even give up delectable foods over the course of 40 days and nights, so Fat Tuesday is the perfect time to relish in all things delicious.

Mardi Gras while typically linked to great pageantry on the streets of New Orleans on Bourbon Street, actually first took place in the states in Mobile, Alabama, in 1702 and was hosted by French settlers along Mobile Bay. Today many celebrations take place quietly with the celebration of food, friendship, and family around tables in community centers and in homes across America. Some traditional fair include dishes like Jambalaya! Stock full of spicy ingredients like jalapenos, onions, garlic, and peppers this dish gets hardier with the addition of andouille sausage, ham, and shrimp. A perfect addition to your Mardi Gras party or simply throw in your slow cooker to enjoy before you begin your 40 day fast. Tops has all the ingredients you need to cook up this scrumptious dish with an $8.49 extra-large shrimp sale, $6.99 lb 98% fat free Deli traditions ham off the bone, and Smithfield Smoked Sausage buy two get 3 free!

In Pennsylvania Dutch country where there lies a large German population, March 5 is also known as Fastnatcht Day. During Lent when families were trying to empty their pantries of ingredients like lard, fat, sugar, and butter, they made Fasnachts, which were an item traditionally fasted from during the Lenten season. At Tops we have you covered with baked fresh daily Fastnachts 6 packs or Paczki 4-packs (a Polish tradition for Fat Tuesday) for just 2 for $6. Pick them up for your co-workers, family members, or surprise your next door neighbor with these sweet treats.



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