Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Youth Service Bureau’s Chef Soirée 2009 was a resounding success. With a turnout of nearly 3,000 individuals, this annual gala, benefitting the St. Tammany and Washington parish programs of the Youth Service Bureau, took place Sunday, March 15 at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. This event is one of the Northshore’s premiere and most highly anticipated annual fundraisers, and it’s not hard to see why. More than 85 restaurants and beverage purveyors cooked up exquisite dishes and a bevy of special cocktails to satisfy guests, that’s when they weren’t busy dancing to one of the five bands! The Wagners, We 3, Remember When…, Louisiana Spice and Witness all played tunes throughout the evening, after the Riverside Ramblers led a fun-filled gate opening parade. Presented by Chase and Chevron, the highlight of the evening was the amazing car giveaway: Brian Harris Autoplex generously donated two fancy rides, a brand-new Mazda Miata and a Pontiac Solstice, each to be won by a lucky partygoer. YSB President and CEO Ila Dietrich was in attendance, thanking guests and having a good time as well. The event raised much-needed funds for YSB, which helps troubled and at-risks youths with programs of prevention and early intervention in order for them to make better life choices and become responsible community members.