Welcome to Cashew Craze

Celebrating Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken

A $12 advance ticket allows you to sample all you want, from over 20 restaurants.


April 16th, 5:00PM - 9:00PM Springfield EXPO Center.

  • About Us


    Springfield Sertoma's Cashew Craze

    Cashew Craze is in it's 2nd year under the direction of Springfield Sertoma Club. Make plans to attend. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets online or at your closest Casey's General Store.

    Mr David Leong


    Inventor of Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken.

    Few people can say they've invented anything of value in their lifetime, David Leong is not one of those people. Like Teressa Bellissimo, who invented the Buffalo Wing, David Leong stands as one of America's true culinary geniuses. First served in 1963 at the Grove Supper Club in Springfield, David Leong, the chef, who moved to the United States from China in 1940, had struggled to gain acceptance for the foods of his homeland so he began searching for a dish that would appeal to local residents' taste buds. His famous deep-fried cashew chicken recipe was so popular he soon opened Leong's Tea House in Springfield.   The dish became exceedingly popular in the Springfield area and is often cited as the unofficial "dish of the city". Springfield, Missouri is now in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the most Chinese take-out restaurants, per capita, than any other city in the United States.

    2014 Categories

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      Cashew Chicken

      People's Choice and Judges Choice.

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      Sweet & Sour Chicken

      People's Choice and Judges Choice.

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      General Chicken / Hot & Spicy

      Also Eggroll and Fried Rice categories too.

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    901 E St Louis Street
    Suite 200-1
    Springfield, MO 65806
    Attn: Sertoma/Kristen


    Phone No : 417-863-1231
    Fax No : 417-863-0602