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Area businesses contributing fine fare to Chefs Evening menu

Contact: Amanda Barth


       HAMMOND – More than 30 of the area’s finest restaurants, bars and grills, and wholesalers are creating tasty treats for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Chef Evening 2006.   

       The annual “dinner party for a good cause,” sponsored by the Southeastern Development Foundation, is scheduled for Sunday, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern University Center. 

       Chefs Evening coordinator Sarah Schillage said the theme for this year’s event is “Phantom of the Opera.”

       “We’re going to turn the University Center into a Broadway stage starring our local restaurants, caterers, and beverage establishments,” she said.

       Patrons will enjoy the finest fare from Abita Springs Water, Aramark Classic Fare Catering, Benedicts, Blythewood Plantation, Carona’s Bakery, Catfish Charlie Restaurant, Champagne Beverages, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Cuco’s, Don’s Seafood, Jacmel Inn, Jambalaya and Co., Maurepas Catering, Murphy’s Seafood Restaurant, Nacho Mama’s, P J’s Coffee and Tea, Subway, the Cate Street Pub, the Cocoa Bean, the Crescent Bar, the Plantation Restaurant at Carter Plantation, Tommy’s on Thomas, Tope La’, and Trey Yuen.

       Joining Chefs Evening for the first time are Avenue Wines, Cate Street Seafood Station, Chookie’s, Garrison’s Global Café, Paul’s Café, Ponchatoula Seafood, Sweet Ideas by Wendy, the Speakeasy Restaurant, and WOW Café and Wingery. 

       The Chefs Evening guest chefs plan to serve entrees such as fried fish fingers, boiled shrimp, seafood gumbo, chicken gumbo, crabmeat au gratin, rosemary chicken wraps, jambalaya, etouffe, eggplant Napoleon, subs, and sesame seed masked yellow fin tuna with ponza pickled cucumber noodles and wasabi aioli. 

       Sweet treats will include assorted muffins, bread pudding, almond cake with raspberry filling, and French pastries, while an assortment of libations will also be available.

       Chefs Evening tickets are $40 each or $425 for a reserved table for eight.

       “Various patrons’ levels are also available and include an invitation to the exclusive patron’s party to be held at the new University Residence,” Schillage said.  Patron levels are $75, individual; $150, pair; and $500 for a reserved eight-person table.

       Tickets are available from the Southeastern Development Foundation, (985) 549-2239.  Proceeds from Chefs Evening support Southeastern academic programs. 

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