Guests who attended the “Signature Chefs Auction” were treated to a celebrity lineup of chefs, all cooking under the same roof to support The New Orleans Division March of Dimes Foundation.
Signature Chefs included: Chef Chairman of the event Justin Kennedy of Parkway Bakery and Tavern; Duke LoCicero of Café Giovanni; Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s; Rachel DeFelice of Pascal’s Manale; Jonathan Ebberman of Burger Burger; Kristen Preau of Cook Me Somethin Mister; Michael Regua of Antoine’s Restaurant; Sarah Wood of New Orleans School of Cooking; Sara Toth of Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse; Austin Faucheaux of Riverview Room; Matt Murphy of The Irish House; Rene Bajeux of JW Marriott; Mark Quitney of Marriott St. Kitts; Mike Brewer of The Sammich; Jared Ralls of La Boca; Chris Montero of café b; Vincent Catalanotto of Vincent’s Italian Cuisine; Eric Damidot of Hyatt Regency New Orleans; Bryan Gilmore of Creole Creamery; Norman Love of Norman Love Confections; and Ronnie Seaton, retired White House chef.
The Yat Pack provided musical entertainment while guests danced and bid on extravagant live auction items, including: a private, four-course dining experience at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans followed by a performance at the Saenger Theatre to experience the opening night of Mamma Mia; a vacation to the Marriott St. Kitts with two rooms for three nights, shopping at the local market and dinner in the chef’s office with his stash of wine from Reynold’s Winery; a round-trip vacation to New York City beginning with lunch at chef Justin Kennedy’s Parkway Bakery, a cruise on the Mariner III yacht and a gift card to a local New York dinner; and a five-course dinner in The Penthouse above restaurant August for 12 people, including opera singers to entertain along with wine pairings and signature cocktails, courses by top chefs followed by indulgence in chocolates by Haro.
The $148,000 raised benefits the New Orleans Division March of Dimes Foundation and supports local programs such as the Mobile Health Unit, NICU Family Support Program and the organization’s partnership with CAGNO to administer the Smoking Cessation program for pregnant women. Stephen Rue served as Event Chair.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: 30th annual “Signature Chefs Auction” benefiting the New Orleans Division March of Dimes Foundation
When: Friday, November 14
Where: The Cannery