by Ian McNulty
People in the New Orleans restaurant scene often talk about how supportive and community-minded their industry has grown over the years. They do more than talk about it though. They prove it by contributing their time and food to countless causes, and they are especially generous when those in need of support come from their own ranks.
We saw the industry rally for chef Matt Murphy back in 2010, we saw people come out in force for Michael Bordelon of Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar last year, and a little later this month we’ll see another example for chef Quan Tran, formerly the chef de cuisine at Tamarind.
Tran is battling cancer and his friends have organized an event on Dec. 17 at the elegant CBD restaurant Le Foret to raise money for his treatment and to support his family.
There will be food from Irish House, Borgne, Commander’s Palace, Rene Bistrot, Domenica, Coquette, the soon-to-open Dominique’s on Magazine and the Hyatt Regency. Mixologists from SoBou, Cure and Dominique’s on Magazine will serve drinks, and the event includes a silent auction and live music.
“We’ll be doing things all over the restaurant, first floor, second floor, maybe even the penthouse,” says Wendy Maquet, an event organizer.
The Chef Quan Tran Benefit begins at 6:30 p.m. and the donation is $125. For tickets, call Le Foret at 504-553-6738 and ask Michelle.