Making Life Simple One Gumbo, Stew and Gravy at a time!!!

My name is Cindy Maraist Gioe. I was born and raised in Morgan City, La and I now live in Slidell, La. Although I moved away after High School, my Hometown roots still run very deep. In the mid-1990’s, I remember watching my daddy, Buzzy Maraist, “stirring the pot” until his Roux was the perfect color, and this is when my passion for cooking began. I learned everything I know about cooking the perfect Roux from him.

In 2009 I decided to take my Roux to the next level by adding the “Holy Trinity “and a generous sprinkle of Slap Ya Mama Seasoning. It was then that my daddy started watching me “stir the pot”, jar and freeze my Roux so that we could cook a gumbo anytime without the hassle of starting from scratch.


After retiring from my 33-year career in 2018, I constantly thought about my dream of selling “Cindy’s Almost Famous Roux”. I started selling it to friends and family and realized it was gaining popularity across South Louisiana. By the Grace of God, and with my daddy watching over me from Heaven, my business started to really take off in the Fall of 2020. Since becoming an “Official Business” in January 2021, I have personally prepared, packed and delivered more than 7500 packs of Roux throughout the South. You can now find my Roux in 78 stores across South Louisiana and the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast.

With every batch that I personally cook, I feel the presence of my daddy helping me “stir the pot”. My heart overflows with memories and I feel so thankful, grateful and blessed to be able to share my passion with others. A HUGE thank you goes out to all my friends, family and customers who have helped my dream become a reality!!!!!


AND CHEERS TO YOU IN HEAVEN BUZZMAN!!!!!!