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Chefs' Charity for Children tickets on sale


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

  The chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations, and the list of participants includes New Orleans empire-builders Emeril Lagasse and John Besh, legend Leah Chase, and 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, and it usually sells out ahead of time. Tickets cost $65 and include a banquet lunch and a cookbook featuring 35 recipes from the participating chefs. For tickets, call 524-7285.

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

  This year marks the 35th 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.

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