NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines brings together – here in our great city of New Orleans – our love of good food and our equally strong love of family and community.
We know what it is like to suffer. After eight years parts of our city are still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Our suffering helps us to keep focused on what is most important in life, and it urges us to reach out with a helping hand to those who also suffer.
In response to the devastation wrought on the Philippines by Super Typhoon Haiyan, New Orleans chefs are banding together for an evening of food and fun, with all proceeds going directly to the Philippines where it is most needed.
Nina Camacho has assembled a fantastic team to help make this event a reality. Susan Ford, Publisher of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine, Ewell Smith, former Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, and Wendy Waren, VP Communications for the Louisiana Restaurant Association are working tirelessly to make this event a success.
In addition, the Executive Board of the American Culinary Federation of New Orleans (ACFNO), Philippine American United Council of Louisiana (PAUCLA), Filipino American Lions Club of LA, and Honorary Consul General of the Philippines, Robert Romero and more will be volunteering their time, talent, and treasure for this event.
Ralph Brennan, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, GW Fins Executive Chef/Owner Tenney Flynn, and Brigtsen’s Executive Chef/Owner Frank Brigtsen will be Co-Chef Chairs and over 30 chefs from around the state will be participating, lending their talents and spins on popular Filipino dishes.
Entertainment and Music for the evening will be headlined by Jazz Trumpeter Duke Heitger and Friends. A bit of Filipino culture will be included with cultural dance and costumes by all Filipinos present.
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel is a Platinum level sponsor and is donating its Grand Ballrooms on December 16, 2013 for the cause. Many have stepped up to donate food and spirits, and the event will have an extensive Silent Auction with something for everyone.