New Orleans chefs come together during this holiday season
New Orleans, Louisiana – NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines has kicked off its fundraising efforts to support the relief efforts in the Philippines following the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan. NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines will host a fundraising event in the Hilton Riverside New Orleans Hotel Grand Ballroom on Monday, December 16th. A special “Meet the Chefs” VIP Patron Party will take place from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. The main event will be held from 6:30pm until 9:00pm. To purchase event tickets, or make an online donation to the cause, visit NOLAChefsAid.com.
NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines, co-sponsored by the American Culinary Federation of New Orleans, was created by Nina Camacho, a local Filipina. “My grandparents were born in the areas flattened by the typhoon and I still have family and friends in the affected areas. Being so far away from them, not being able to help pick up the pieces and rebuild, that is difficult,” states Camacho. “NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines is my way of combining my love for New Orleans, food and philanthropy to the community, learned by my Filipino grandparents.”
Honorary event chairwoman Chef Leah Chase is supported by Restaurateur Ralph Brennan, GW Fins Executive Chef Tenney Flynn and Brigtsen’s Executive Chef and Owner Frank Brigtsen. Community leaders joining the effort include Susan Ford, Publisher of Louisiana Kitchen and Culture; Ewell Smith, former Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; and Wendy Waren, Vice President of Communications for the Louisiana Restaurant Association. In addition, the Philippine American United Council of Louisiana; Filipino American Lions Club of Louisiana; and Robert Romero, Honorary Consul General of the Philippines are encouraging this endeavor. NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines was created as a way for the New Orleans community to come together to support those Filipinos living with the devastation of the typhoon.
Guests will enjoy foods from more than 40 chefs from around the state, many preparing dishes with a taste of the Philippines. Jazz Trumpeter Duke Heitger and Friends will provide entertainment throughout the evening, while guests enjoy cultural dance and costumes by local Filipinos and offerings from an extensive silent auction. “The strength of the New Orleans hospitality industry has always been an asset in times of need, whether for another member of our industry or for an entire community,” states Ralph Brennan. “And while it is our business to serve each person that visits our restaurants, it is out of genuine concern for all people that we choose to put our business aside and serve others in situations such as what has happened in the Philippines.”
Tickets to NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines are available at NOLAChefsAid.com. Advance purchase VIP tickets are $100, or $125 at the door. General admission tickets are $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Volunteers may purchase tickets for $35 each.