The quintessential Cajun dish has got to be gumbo. While it sounds simple—meat and spices in a stew—the great thing about gumbo is that everyone can create his or her own style, with countless recipes originating from the bayous of Louisiana to the coast of California. This week, five top North Bay chefs bring their own gourmet gumbo to the table in the Gumbo Smackdown. The winner is chosen by the audience, and will take home the coveted Golden Crayfish Award and bragging rights in a night of live music and even livelier food. The Gumbo Smackdown happens Saturday, March 22, at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. 5pm. $50. 707.576.3810.