Southeastern's Chefs Evening 2015 offers new auction items in fourth decade of existence

Friday, February 27, 2015 Chefs Evening sponsors
by: Tonya Lowentritt

CHEFS EVENING SUPPORT – Chefs Evening has benefited from sponsorships over the years to help make the event successful. Chefs Evening 2015 sponsors include, front row, from left, Brian Shirey, Northshore Broadcasting; Cindy Shelton, Whitney Bank; Melanie Zaffuto, North Oaks Health System; Brandi Harris, American Bank and Trust; Monty Buckles, La Capital Federal Credit Union; and Lance Kern, Lamar Advertising. Back row, from left, are Daryl Ferrara, Whitney Bank; Chad Cornett, Regions Bank; Randy Vicknair, First Guaranty Bank; Byron Bankston, Regions Bank; PJ Lowentritt, Investar Bank; Eunice Harris, Entergy; Marian Kinchen, American Bank and Trust; Steve Campo, American Bank and Trust; and Bailey Dabney, Hammond Daily Star.

HAMMOND – Chefs Evening, Southeastern Louisiana University's largest fundraiser, is into its fourth decade of celebrating the best of regional cuisine offerings in support of Southeastern. And, as usual, the event will offer something fresh to celebrate.

In addition to the various restaurant offerings, this year special effort has been placed on new auction and raffle items centered around the theme of "Wine & Travel," said Southeastern Vice President of University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale.

"With exquisite wine offerings, regional getaways, a trip to Napa Valley, a hosted turnkey crawfish boil and many others, there will be something for everyone," Lauderdale said.

Chefs Evening offers patron tables located directly in front of the stage. The tables are $1,500 and include eight tickets to Chefs Evening with a reserved table, eight tickets to the President's Toast, eight signature wine glasses, two bottles of wine per table, a personal wait staff and business or name listed in the event program.

Reserved tables include six tickets to Chefs Evening, a reserved table and six wine glasses. Single tickets are $75 for Chefs Evening, or $85 to include a wine glass, and $125 to Chefs Evening, the President's Toast and a wine glass.

"Chefs Evening attendance generates unrestricted funds for the enhancement of academic programming and scholarships for students at Southeastern," Lauderdale said. "Join the hundreds of alumni and friends expected to take part in this southern Louisiana dining experience."

Corporate sponsors for Chefs Evening are Regions Bank, First Guaranty Bank, LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, Whitney Bank, Entergy, American Bank & Trust, Investar Bank, North Oaks Health System, Northshore Broadcasting, The Daily Star, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.

To order tickets, Patron Tables or for more information, call 985-549-2239 or visit


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