Cajun Turkey Company sells Southern Louisiana-inspired items such as crawfish, gumbo and its featured Cajun fried turkey. The menu has expanded over the years to include chicken, sausage, casseroles, appetizers and Texas barbecue.
Howell originally worked in the apparel industry. He said the idea of selling turkeys started as a joke but soon turned into a legitimate business.Howell said he cooked over 600 turkeys out of his garage that sold over the holiday season in 1994. A storefront was opened in Dallas the following year. As his customer base grew, Howell said he tripled his business within the first three years. In 2018, the company moved to Lewisville. “It was the best move I’d ever made,” he said.
Howell said he has collaborated for several years on catalogs with Neiman Marcus and William Sonoma for their Thanksgiving editions.Food is available for pickup at the Lewisville store. Orders may also be flash frozen and shipped around the country. Customers are advised to place orders early for the holidays.
Howell said the company is adding a second name this year–Bayou Cajun Foods–to reflect the more than 100 different Cajun products it sells.
“We are so much more than just turkeys,” he said. The business posted about $1 million in sales last year but will always be called Cajun Turkey Company, he said. “I get so many emails from customers that say, ‘Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without your turkey,’” he said.
Cajun Turkey Company, 708 Valley Ridge Circle, Ste. 22, Lewisville. 972-318-0307. https://cajunturkeyco.com Hours: Tue.-Fri. noon-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun.-Mon. closed