Andouille Sausage in Bulk
I somehow agreed to prepare chicken and sausage gumbo for 60 people. (Actually a friend is working with me.) Does anyone know where to get decent Andouillle sausage in Los Angeles County? It is for a charity so I am trying to keep the cost down.
Try Huntington Meats in the Farmers Market. They aren't the cheapest place, but maybe they'd be willing to cut you a deal if they know it is for charity. I think they make the best sausages around town.
I like Papa Cantellas, call them, they might donate for a charity, or call Sysco Food Service, they might donate.
Costco has them but I've never purchased them so I can't speak to their flavor. If they didn't sell well they wouldn't keep them around and they've been stocking them for years.
I was looking around for andouille sausage around this time last year, too. I had never had them so it was kind of a shot in the dark... this chef from New Orleans described them as "very meaty," not like the usual sausage with everything ground up. Well, I got some "andouille" from Huntington Meats (they make their own sausage) and it was spicy, but pretty much like any other sausage. Happened to stop by New Orleans Fish Market, though, and they had the real thing. Yeah, there were big chunks of smoked meat in there. It's a pretty humble joint... maybe they'll cut you a deal if you're getting a lot, and because it's for charity (maybe they'd appreciate some publicity!). I have no idea how much it cost.
I seriously doubt Jody Maroni's knows from andouille, or Papa Cantella's with their precooked chicken sausages.
New Orleans Fish Market
2212 W Vernon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008