Vibrant Mediterranean-inspired colors set the stage for the “Hogs for the Cause’s The Moroccan Roll” gala dinner featuring a Mediterranean Street Fair presented by the Link Restaurant Group and chef friends from the Fatback Collective. “Moroccan food has garnered a reputation as one of the world’s most celebrated cuisines with its unique fusion of flavors, ingredients and cooking techniques,” says chef Stephen Stryjewski, chef and co-owner of Cochon, Cochon Butcher and Pêche Seafood Grill. “The gala dinner has become a fun way to showcase both the foods and talents of our region, while supporting a great cause.”

A silent and live auction took place throughout the evening. String Remedy, a three-piece gypsy band, played during the cocktail hour, where guests sipped on Moroccan-inspired “hogtails.”

Chefs wore fez hats to serve the family-style meal, which included foods such as lamb, fish and couscous.

NOLA Brewing unveiled its newest specialty brew, Hog Tied, by tapping its first keg at the dinner.

Alex Layfield, Alex Pappas, Jessica Ibert and Katie Gilly managed the auction and Mediterranean-inspired décor. Auction package highlights included a trip to New York City to see Billy Joel in concert and a private dinner for 40 at La Boca for Super Bowl/Bacchus Sunday. 


What: “The Moroccan Roll” gala dinner benefiting Hogs For the Cause
When: Thursday, March 26
Where: Popp Fountain, City Park