Philanthropic Fun: Cooking for Community

Local Catholic high school students helped serve lunch to more than 800 guests at the "Chefs’ Charity for Children."
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Chef Tory McPhail with St. Michael’s students Matthew Tardiff, Kolijah Cotney and William Bennett

Several of New Orleans’ best-known and most talented chefs came together to cook, teach, entertain and serve lunch at the 43rd annual “Chefs’ Charity for Children” on Monday, January 27 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The theme, “Angels of St. Michael’s School,” was depicted on CCC hand towels with artwork created by Upper School students. St. Michael students greeted guests, lead the audience in prayer and helped volunteers.

Chefs taking part were: Andrea Apuzzo with Chef Emeritus David Woodward, John Folse, Justin Devillier, Nina Compton, Tory McPhail, Emeril Lagasse, Greg Reggio with Chef Emeritus Goffredo Fraccaro, Edgar “Dooky” Chase IV, Alon Shaya and The Wong Brothers, participating in their 42nd appearance at the event. A video, “Quotations from Romaine McCarthy, St. Michael Special School Principal,” highlighted student programming and the importance of community support. Tributes were made to Leah Chase. After the demonstrations, guests enjoyed a buffet lunch the dishes prepared by the chefs. 

A limited number of Patron Party tickets included reserved seating during the cooking demonstrations, a welcome mimosa, dining in a reserved seating area, a meet-and-greet with the chefs, a thank-you gift handcrafted by students, a special memento and a cookbook.

Local merchants donated nearly $10,000 worth of prizes and gift cards for the Table of Treasures. Special raffle items included a St. Charles Avenue staycation, an LSU Championship afghan made by a student’s grandmother, a Hawaiian vacation and gift cards to participating chefs’ restaurants. Event Co-Chairs were Eileen Schulin and Anne Bailey-Theard. Emcee Eric Paulsen and chairman Dominic Massa of WWL-TV were in attendance as well as Romaine McCarthy, St. Michael Special School Principal. Platinum Sponsors were J. Edgar Monroe Foundation and James P. Raymond Foundation. The fundraiser supports St. Michael Special School’s commitment to keeping tuition affordable and providing scholarships to students in need.


Event at a Glance

What: “Chefs’ Charity for Children,” benefiting St. Michael Special School

When: Monday, January 27

Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


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Chefs Andrea Apuzzo, Alon Shaya and Justin Devillier

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St. Michael’s volunteer Justice Crockett with chefs Emeril Lagasse, Frank Wong and Tommy Wong

 

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