|SOUTHEASTERN’S CHEFS EVENING “BIDS OUT” FOOD AND FUN APRIL 3
HAMMOND – Patrons of Southeastern
Louisiana University’s annual Chefs Evening are reminded to come hungry
and encouraged to bid for great fun, experiences and personal and home
makeovers, as Chefs Evening will host silent auctions at the event on April
Already popular for its
“dinner party for a good cause” benefiting Southeastern academics, the
Southeastern Development Foundation’s Chefs Evening features treats and
libations from area restaurants, bars, grills and wholesalers. This year’s
event at the University Center will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and will
be set in the Far East, complete with hanging lanterns, paper parasols,
New for this year, patrons
may purchase “take-out boxes” for $20 each. Each box will include a mystery
gift, such as a gift basket from Hugh’s Wine Cellar in Mandeville and gift
certificates for Target, Moseley’s Jewelers, Pete’s Cleaners, Destrehan
Plantation Tour, and more.
Also on the night’s agenda
are many silent auctions. Highlighting the event are three separate makeovers
– room, patio and ladies – with additions to each being made every day.
According to Chefs Evening
coordinator and director of development Wendy Johns, the room makeover
will incorporate furniture from Payless Furniture, courtesy of Ricky Brooks;
design by Susan Johnson Owens, Marguerite Walter and Kathy Heitman, a member
of the American Society of Interior Designers, who has studied one-day
makeovers in New York City; and more to make a room complete.
The patio makeover will be provided by Top Score, which will provide
painting, staining and engraving. Other items and vendors are to be announced.
For the ladies, patrons
may bid on the “Extreme Ladies Makeover,” complete with teeth bleaching
by Drs. Melvin Allen and Warren Wood; a facial, manicure, hair and makeup
package by Neill Corporation, and more.
Other silent auctions will
include a one-of-a-kind Waterford Crystal Clock engraved with “Chefs Evening
2005” by George Ibert, $50 gift certificates to CNO’s Meal Solutions, pies
by Frances Chauvin, dinner for eight at Murphy’s Seafood, a bottle of 1982
Chateau Margot wine; one year of unlimited golf for one at Carter Plantation,
a Harrah Casino package of 3 days and 2 nights hotel stay with show tickets,
gift certificates to CNO Meal Solutions of Mandeville, and jitterbug lessons
for one couple at Fellom Ballet.
Also on the auction block
are various excursions by Get-Away, including a Magnolia dinner boat cruise
with a one night stay at Annadele’s Plantation, a tour of Pontchartrain
Vineyards, condo rentals, and dinner at Friends on the Tchefuncte in Madisonville.
Southeastern departments have also donated items for auction, such as Sweet
of the Month (including a holiday surprise) by the Department of Education.
Athletics is offering 2005 season football tickets with passes to the Billups
Room, a dance team birthday party for 8-10 children ages 5-10, and a cheerleader
On the menu for Chefs Evening
are more than 30 area restaurants and vendors, including Abita Springs
Water, Aramark Classic Fare Catering, Bella Rose (Coy’s Contemporary Cuisine),
Bravo’s Italian Bistro, Blythewood Plantation, Cate Street Pub, Cate Street
Seafood Station, Catfish Charlie's, Champagne Beverages, Coca-Cola Bottling
Company, Cuco’s, Don’s Seafood and Gerald Banta Catering.
Also participating are
Glazer, Jacmel Inn, Jambalaya & Co., Jim Carey Distribution Co., Lagniappe
Catering, Miki’s Fish Co., Nacho Mama’s, Murphy’s Seafood Restaurant, Outback
Steakhouse, Picadilly, Subway, The Crescent Bar, The Plantation Restaurant
(Carter Plantation), Tommy’s Pizza on Thomas, Tope La’, Trey Yuen and The
Dishes to be served include
beef Wellington, crawfish bisque, shrimp pasta royal, sesame chicken, prime
rib and smoked salmon. Desserts will include be supplied by Carona's Bakery,
Taste of Bavaria Bakery, Cocoa Bean and others. In addition, a wide assortment
of wines, beers, and other drinks available, Chefs Evening will once again
welcome the “margarita fountain” from Cuco's.
Individual tickets for
Chefs Evening are $40. Patrons can also choose from a variety of ticket
packages which can include the popular Patrons Party with a champagne toast
at the university president’s residence.
Chefs Evening ticket packages
and their rewards are:
· The President’s
Medal: $500, eight tickets each for the president’s champagne toast, Chefs
Evening, the Patrons Party and a reserved table for eight.
· Summa Cum Laude:
$425, eight tickets for Chefs Evening and a reserved table for eight.
· Magna Cum Laude:
$150, two tickets each for the president’s champagne toast, Chefs Evening
and the Patrons Party.
· Cum Laude: $75:
one ticket each for the president’s champagne toast, Chefs Evening and
the Patrons Party.
To obtain tickets or for
further information, contact the Development Foundation at 985-549-2239.