The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana held its 24th annual celebrity chef “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie” at the New Orleans Marriott on June 1. The Kidney Foundation is a nonprofit that provides support services for people with kidney and urinary tract diseases, as well as advocacy and education initiatives for the public.

Since the event was a celebrity chef extravaganza, it’s no surprise that chef Rene Bajeux of Canal Street Grill served as honorary chairperson. The gala also honored Myra A. Kleinpeter MD, MPH, with the Julio Figueroa Award, which recognizes individuals who have given outstanding support to the Kidney Foundation of Louisiana.

In addition to the amazing philanthropists present at the gala, some amazing chefs wowed guests with their culinary creations. The celebrity chef lineup included: Matt Murphy of Irish House, Jacques Soulas of Café Degas, Grant Wallace of Morton’s The Steakhouse, Dwight Henry of Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Café, Jason Walter of 5 Fifty 5, Clark Leblanc of Dijon, Ben Sarrat of the Renaissance Arts Hotel, Jean Luc Albin of Maurice French Pastries, Patrick Van Hoorebeek of Patrick’s Bar Vin and Krewe of Cork, Daniel Victory of Victory, Chad Roldan of Wolfe’s in the Warehouse, Jacques Saleun of Château du Lac and James Moises of Moises Wines.

The Batiste-family all-star band, Father & Sons of the New Millennium, brought some sweet music to guests’ ears, as well as the Batiste Cultural Academy Marching Band. Guests also bid on world-class art in the gala’s silent auction.


What:   “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
When:  Sunday, June 1
Where:   The New Orleans Marriott