Special lunch for a special school

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  • IAN MCNULTY
  • A statue of the late chef Warren LeRuth stands at St. Michael's Special School, beneficiary of the Chefs' Charity for Children.

Once again this year, a diverse collection of well-known local chefs will host the Chefs' Charity for Children, a luncheon and fundraiser for St. Michael's Special School for developmentally disabled children.

The chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations, and the list of participants includes some New Orleans restaurant empire-builders (Emeril Lagasse and John Besh), a culinary legend (Leah Chase) and even a veteran of one of the area’s lost restaurants (Goffredo Fraccaro of Metairie’s La Riviera, which did not reopen after Hurricane Katrina).

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hilton Riverside Hotel. Tickets cost $65 and include a banquet lunch and a cookbook with 35 recipes from the featured chefs. To order tickets, call (504) 524-7285.

In addition to the chefs named above, the event features chefs Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s; John Folse of Chef John Folse & Company and Restaurant R’evolution; Gunter Preuss of Broussard's; Lazone Randolph of Brennan’s Restaurant; Frank and Tommy Wong of Trey Yuen; Greg Reggio of Zea and Semolina; and David Woodward of the Hilton Riverside Hotel.

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Chefs’ Charity for Children, which was originally conceived by the late New Orleans culinary icon Warren LeRuth and the late journalist Phil Johnson of WWL-TV. Since its start in 1978 the event has raised more than $1 million for St. Michael’s Special School.

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