The Bent County Art Guild celebrated a sit-down Mardi Gras Dinner at the Museum Sunday evening.

Thirty-two people enjoyed the celebration and learned more about the Mardi Gras tradition, coming to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699.

The Art Guild ladies did an excellent job of setting the mood, and guests were encouraged to wear the masks and beads that were provided.

The Otero Junior College International Group and the True Blue volunteers served the dinner. Menu was New Orleans cuisine of Creole coleslaw, cornbread and gumbo, thanks to Chef Steve Bourne.

Following the dinner, everyone enjoyed slices of King Cakes and learned about that tradition, which was brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. A King cake is a bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pasty, that is as rich in history as it is in flavor.

It’s decorated in royal colors of purple, which signifies justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Hidden in the cake is a tiny plastic baby prize. If you find the prize, you are “King” for a day and must host the next party.

Following dinner, guests enjoyed music by MacKenzie King and Joseph Eubank, dancing and taking pictures.

Thanks to the Bent County Art Guild for a very enjoyable evening.