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Delicious delicacies planned Chefs Evening menu

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – More than 30 of the area’s finest restaurants, bars and grills, and wholesalers are creating tasty treats for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Chefs Evening 2007.   

     The annual “dinner party for a good cause,” sponsored by the Southeastern Development Foundation, is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern University Center. 

     Chefs Evening coordinator Lynn Harris-Horgan said the theme for this year’s event is “Under the Big Top” and that the University Center will be transformed into a Circus Pavillion, complete with a ring master and live circus music.

     “Chefs Evening will be more entertaining than ever thanks to the theme” Horgan said.  “Patrons can enjoy a vast array of culinary delights, fun music, and an exceptional assortment of gifts at the silent auction.”

     Those searching for gift ideas will have a wide variety and price ranges from which to choose. Auction items offered at this year’s event include a penthouse condo stay in Orange Beach, a penthouse apartment stay in downtown New Orleans, a sunset cruise on Lake Pontchartrain, golf for a year at Carter Plantation, travel trips with Southeastern football, gift baskets from merchants on the Northshore, furnishings, art work, gift certificates and more.

     Also up for grabs is a citrine and diamond ring compliments of George and Yvonne Ibert of Ibert’s Jewelry.  The dinner ring is being raffled with chances running 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.  Those who purchase a raffle ticket will also receive a little surprise!

     Joining Chefs Evening for the first time are guest chefs from Caboose II and S & W Wholesale, Il Giardino’s, Honey Glazed Ham & Deli, Lyn Haven, Inc., O’Donnell’s, Purveyors of Fine Wines, and Rotollo’s.

     Patrons will also enjoy the finest fare from the following: Abita Springs Water, Avenue Wines, Benedicts Restaurant & Catering, Blythewood Plantation, Carona’s Bakery, Cate Street Seafood Station, Catfish Charlie’s Restaurant, Champagne Beverage Co., Inc., Chookie’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Classic Fare Catering, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Cuco’s, Don’s Seafood, Glazers Distribution, Inc., and Jacmel Inn. 

     Also bringing their culinary talents to Chefs Evening are Jambalaya and Co., Maurepas Catering, Nacho Mama’s, P J’s Coffee and Tea, Paul’s Café, Ponchatoula Seafood & Steakhouse, the Speakeasy, Subway, the Cocoa Bean, the Crescent Bar, the Plantation Restaurant at Carter Plantation, Tom’s Catering, Tommy’s on Thomas, and Trey Yuen.

     The Chefs Evening guest chefs plan to serve entrees such as honey pecan shrimp, tortilla soup, sushi, fried catfish fingers, New York strip steaks, shrimp gumbo, pulled pork, chicken & andouille gumbo, chicken pasta alfredo, crabmeat au gratin, wraps, pasta bolognesa, jambalaya, ham and ham salad, broccoli and cream of potato soup, crawfish etouffee, carved aged Western beef roast, crawfish bisque, subs, shrimp & corn chowder, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, and buffalo wings.

     Sweet treats will include bread pudding, cookies, assorted French pastries, and tiramisu, while an array of libations will also be available from after dinner liquors, margaritas and beer to soft drinks and coffee.

     Wines featured for the evening include Silver Peak Chardonnay, Lambrusco Red, Tori Merlot, Tapena, Red Truck and Amato wines, Montes Reserve Malbec and Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris.

     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,” Horgan said.  Patron levels are $75, individual; $150, pair; and $525 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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