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Fête for Foodies

John Besh Foundation fundraiser provided scholarships and microloans.

Kristin Shannon, Conway Solomon, Amy Wilson and Gary Solomon Jr.

Photographed by Will Strout

The John Besh Foundation’s “Fêtes des Chefs” returned this year, bringing a star-studded lineup of top chefs from around the country to prepare dinners at homes around New Orleans. The weekend kicked off on Friday, March 24 with “Fêtes Fest,” the opening party at Generations Hall. The Brass-A-Holics performed for a crowd of 750 partygoers.

Several of the South’s finest chefs participated and hosted food stations, including David Slater of Emeril’s, Ryan Prewitt of Pêche, Kelly English of Iris, David Bancroft of Acre, Kyle Knall of Kenton’s, Alex Harrel of Angeline, Isaac Toups of Toups South, Todd Pulsinelli of August, chefs from Josephine Estelle, Ashley Roussel of Simone’s Market, Dooky Chase and La Thai, and many more.

The celebrity chef dinners in New Orleans homes took place the following Saturday, March 25. Chefs included Emeril Lagasse at the home of Gary Solomon, Aaron Sanchez at the home of Paul and Sarah Ruffin Costello and Ken Oringer (of Boston) at the home of James Carville and Mary Matalin. After dinner, guests gathered for dessert at Pigeon & Prince, a John Besh venue.


What: “Fêtes Fest,” benefiting John Besh Foundation
When: Friday, March 24
Where: Generations Hall


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