NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Some of New Orleans’ best-known and most talented chefs will come together to cook, teach, entertain and serve up an amazing lunch for local food lovers at the 43rd Annual “Chefs’ Charity for Children” fundraiser on Monday, Jan. 27, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Proceeds benefit St. Michael Special School, the leading local school in educating students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The program will feature: Andrea Apuzzo (Andrea’s); Edgar “Dook” Chase IV (Dooky Chase); Nina Compton (Compere Lapin and Bywater American Bistro); Justin Devillier (La Petite Grocery and Justine); John Folse (Restaurant R’evolution); Emeril Lagasse (Emeril’s and 10 other restaurants); Tory McPhail (Commander’s Palace); Greg Reggio (Zea Rotisserie, Semolina); Alon Shaya (Saba); The Wong Brothers (Trey Yuen) and chefs emeritus Goffredo Fraccaro and David Woodward.

$75 ticket includes general admission to the chefs’ daylong demonstration, as well as a buffet lunch featuring a sampling of all of the dishes prepared by the chefs, and a cookbook featuring more than 30 of their recipes. Wine is served with lunch.

$250 patron level ticket (Limited number of tickets) includes special, reserved seating during the cooking demonstration, dining in reserved seating area, a special thank you gift handcrafted by students and cookbook.

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St.

Order tickets by calling 504-524-7285 or online at www.stmichaelspecialschool.com.

The Chefs’ Charity for Children was founded by the late, legendary chef Warren Leruth, who partnered with the late Phil Johnson of WWL-TV, and a dozen or so of their chef-friends. It has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for St. Michael Special School in the years since. Since 1965, St. Michael Special School has offered a unique program designed to support the academic, spiritual, and social growth of children with a broad range of special needs.