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Philanthropic Fun: Cheers to Better Health
March of Dimes hosted a benefit brimming with celebrity chefs and mouth-watering cuisine.
A lively cocktail party with purple and white décor, music and a host of celebrity chefs set the tone for the annual “March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction,” which supports the organization leading the fight for the health of moms and babies through research, programs, advocacy and education.
The Omni Royal Orleans hosted both the Patron Party and the main event, which treated more than 250 attendees.
A fleet of celebrity chefs catered the event. Those in attendance included: Tom Wolfe, Chef Chair of Omni Royal Orleans Hotel; Aaron Burgau of Patois; Norman Conerly of Acme Oyster House; Thorsten Leighty of Marriott; Brack May of Cowbell; Bradley McGehee of Blue Line Sandwich Company; Chris Montero of Napoleon House; William Morrisette of Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café; Gregory Rosary Sr. of Arnaud’s; Dallas Webber of Parkway Bakery and Tavern; and David Whitmore of Jack Rose.
Music was provided by T-Ray the violinist.
The live auction packages featured special restaurant, vacation and sports packages. Dining highlights from the auction included a dinner and wine pairing for eight at Jack Rose restaurant at the Pontchartrain Hotel, a cocktail demo and wine pairing dinner for four at Arnaud’s, an in-home dinner for eight with chef Brack May, a family-style dinner at Paradign Gardens prepared by chef Aaron Burgau and more. A grand LSU/Alabama package included tickets and seats on game day, and to be used at any time, a 25-person party at Parkway Bakery & Tavern under the tented area, which includes all beverages and an assortment of po-boys decided upon by the winner of the auction!
Karen Eastman served as event Chair. Jay Batt was the Emcee.
Event at a Glance
What: “Signature Chefs Auction,” benefiting March of Dimes
When: Friday, October 26, 2018
Where: Omni Royal Orleans
Grady and Jill Fitzpatrick with Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik
Francis and Jennifer Maness with Paige and Paul Prechter