Co-Chairs Steven Dwyer and the Honorable Jennifer Van Vrancken


The “Signature Chefs Auction” in November raised more than $90,000 to help fund the fight to end premature birth. The funds raised support prematurity research and local programs to support healthy moms and babies.

A stunning lineup of chef’s tastings included: chef Mark Quitney of Hilton Riverside Hotel; chef Rene Bajeaux of Palace Cafe; chef Thorsten Leighty of Marriott; chef Nathan Richard of Cavan; chef Mike Lena of Parkway Bakery and Tavern; chef Stephen Marsella of Creole Concepts; chef Brack May of Cowbell; chef Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s; and chef Thomas Wolfe of Royal Orleans. The highlight of the chef’s tastings came from chef Carlos Lainez, who featured an impressive presentation of a whole barbecued alligator.

The Honey Island Swamp Band performed and entertained more than 200 attendees. There were seven live auction packages, the highlight of which was a Mardi Gras at the Marriott prize.

Secretary of Health, Dr. Rebecca Gee, was in attendance, in addition to Co-Chairs the Honorable Jennifer Van Vrancken and Steve Dwyer.


Event at a Glance

What: “Signature Chefs Auction,” benefiting March of Dimes
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Where: Sheraton Hotel