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Top Dishes for March of Dimes

28th annual “Signature Chefs Auction” benefits the March of Dimes Foundation.

Karen Villavaso, Dr. Jane Miller and Dianne Breaux

Jeffery Johnston Photographs

Chefs from 17 of New Orleans’ top restaurants congregated at the New Orleans Marriott on Friday, November 2 for the 28th annual “Signature Chefs Auction” to benefit the March of Dimes, presented by East Jefferson General Hospital.

The annual gala showcases the best dishes from a selection of the city’s top Executive Chefs. Chef Mark Quitney of 5 Fifty 5 Restaurant in the New Orleans Marriot served as the Chef Chairman; Dr. Bennie Nobles and Dr. Brian Barkemeyer co-chaired the event.

Delectable dishes included shrimp with caramelized and sautéed jalapeños with roasted red pepper crème cheese, and Louisiana oyster and wild mushroom cobbler with country ham and oyster dressing. After feasting on the flavorful fare, the 250 guests quickly worked off the calories by hitting the dance floor and jamming to the tunes of the Regg Sanders Jazz Trio.

Thanks in part to the live auction, in which a luxurious Hawaii weekend getaway was the most hotly contested item on the block, the event raised $110,000 for the New Orleans Division March of Dimes Foundation. March of Dimes is a “national voluntary health agency committed to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.”

Event at a Glance


 28th annual “Signature Chefs Auction,” presented by East Jefferson General Hospital benefiting the March of Dimes Foundation


Friday, November 2


New Orleans Marriott

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