Getaways and more up for auction at the 35th annual Chefs Evening


Monday, March 25, 2019 Chefs Evening auction
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

NUMEROUS AUCTION ITEMS AVAILABLE AT CHEFS EVENING – Attendees at the 2018 Chefs Evening enjoy shopping the event’s large silent auction to benefit student scholarships and academic programs. The 35th annual Chefs Evening and President’s Toast are scheduled this year for Sunday, March 31.


     HAMMOND – Attendees at this year’s Chefs Evening, scheduled March 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Student Union Grand Ballroom, have the chance to take home an array of silent auction items. Ranging from jewelry to deluxe hotel stays and attraction passes, there are nearly four dozen items and packages on which event guests can place their bids.
     Jewelry from Kendra Scott, Mignon Faget, and other local designers; a private shopping event for eight at Gypsy Hill Boutique; a luxurious goodie bag from Aveda; New Orleans hotel packages from The Ritz Carlton, Omni Royal Orleans, Loews New Orleans Hotel, Windsor Court Hotel, and Pontchartrain Hotel; and passes to New Orleans Museum of Art and the Audubon Institute are a sampling of the items up for auction.
     In addition to the silent auction, attendees can also try their luck in a jewelry raffle; a 50/50 raffle; and a corks and kegs raffle featuring wine, beer, and champagne. A live auction will also be held for a customized trip to Napa, a wine dinner for eight at the Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm, a Smoothie King Center tickets package with limousine service and dinner, and a President’s Wine Tasting featuring select Chefs Evening wines for the winner and 25 additional guests.
     In the midst of perusing the available goods, patrons will be invited to taste cuisine from dozens of restaurants and caterers around the region and enjoy carefully chosen wine and drinks. The President’s Toast, a kick-off event immediately preceding Chefs Evening held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the President’s Residence on campus, allows attendees to extend their foodie experience by indulging in exclusive select hors d’ouevres and wine handpicked by Southeastern President John L. Crain.
     The event is organized by the Southeastern Foundation, with all proceeds benefitting vital student scholarships and academic programs.
     Tickets for both Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast are available online at or by calling 985-549-2239.

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