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La fête de la chaudière noire

"Chaudière noire" is Louisiana French for "blackpot" and this is our cook-off! 

Pretty much everyone loves a good cook-off event, and you know we love our blackpots in Louisiana! After speaking to several families about fundraising events they would enjoy, we decided on going with the majority vote and hosting an annual blackpot cook-off.

Please join us on Saturday, April 6th, for École Saint-Landry's 1st Annual

Fête de la chaudière noire

at the Sunset Community Center at 12:00 noon.

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Please come join in the fun! We'll have different family-friendly activities including games, French language trivia, face-painting, live music by

The Cedric Watson Trio

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys Trio

and more! Tasting tickets will be $10 for 5, and each category will have a public choice prize as well as a judge's choice. 

And don't miss our lottery, with a chance to win

$1000, $500, and $250!


Proceeds from this fundraising event in 2024 will go towards our rennovation of the historic Sunset High building as our future campus, providing modern classrooms in this beautiful building for the future of our students. As one of only three full French immersion schools in all of Louisiana, the significance of being right here in St. Landry Parish, in the cradle of Cajun and Creole culture, is huge. 

Breakdown of figures:

  • Cost of complete rehabilitation: $5.7 million

  • Estimated completion of project: Summer 2025

  • Percentage our school must raise on its own: 100%

  • Total number of students at École Saint-Landry: 175 (and adding 70 students per year)

  • Total percentage of students considered economically disadvantaged: 63.2%

  • Percentage of courses taught in French: 90%

Competitor and Vendor Registration

If you would like to participate as a competitor in the cook-off event and show off your skills, please register here. The cook-off guidelines for individual and business competitors, as well as for vendors, are linked in the registration form, but you may also find them by clicking on the following links: 

Guidelines for Cook-Off Competitors

Guidelines for Vendors

Silent Auction

We will also be hosting a silent auction as part of our fundraising efforts centered around the cook-off event. If you have a product or service you would like to donate in support of French immersion in St. Landry Parish, please click here.

Branded Donors and Event Sponsors

We have four different sponsorship packages available ($100, $250, $500, and $1000). To learn more, please visit 

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