Bill Spice Famous
I really enjoy informing people about Gumbo File`. I explain what it is
made from and who started this process. The Choctaw Indians were the
first ones to do this. In the 1700 and 1800 the French and Spanish
settlers came to Louisiana and they were shown the original way it was
done. I am of true Louisiana Creole heritage. My fathers line was
African, French and Mayan Indian from Guatemala. My mothers line was
French, African, Spanish, German and Jamaican. This unique family
learned to make Gumbo file` from the Native Indian and this has been
to me. I exhibit at Festivals, Workshops and Farmers Markets.
With much pride
in Lionel voice, he he talks about his Great Uncle, Joseph Willie
originally founded Uncle Bill's Creole Filé, in 1904. Uncle
Willie was born,
blind, in 1894. As a young child he worked cutting sugarcane on the
Plantation in Lakeland, La. Waiting to marry until he could support a
developed his skills for making Creole filé as well as
brooms and mops. At the
age of thirty-four, he finally felt comfortable enough to begin his own
He raised four children, three of which, Lionel proudly told me, later
to college and are teachers on the university level.
making Gumbo File` for 25 years and have kept my family's
tradition alive and well. I'm truly grateful for Uncle Bill teaching me
how to make file` and this is a labor of love for me to be able to
carry on the family tradition. I hope my sons will one day be able to
carry on the tradition or maybe a niece or nephew. This has been in my
family for one hundred-five years since its inception in 1904. It was
basically made for use in gumbo to season and thicken. File` can also
be used in soups, sauces, gravy and stews to thicken and season. It can
be used to marinate meat, poultery and fish . I can be reached at (225)
937-8527 or E-Mail email@example.com.
lot of people make File`, but they don't make it like me".
"Thank God for Uncle