Chefs to Watch dinner Aug. 20

Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine’s 11th Annual Chefs to Watch Awards Dinner will be Aug. 20 at Harrah’s New Orleans.
Among the chefs to be honored is Ryan Andre of Le Creolé on Highland Road. He is joined by Manny Augello, Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro, Lafayette; Lindsay Mason, Cristiano Ristorante, Houma; Brad McGehee, Ye Olde College Inn, New Orleans; and Zac Watters of Zachary’s RestauranLouisiana Cookin' logot in Mandeville.
Five community leaders throughout Louisiana will also be recognized at the dinner for their contributions “to the betterment of communities where they have a business presence.”
The menu includes passed hors d’oeuvres of fried hog’s head cheese with black-eyed pea and sweet potato vinegar caviar, watermelon with cherry tomato filet and Meyer lemon vinaigrette, and roasted Gulf oyster crostini with brûléed Parmesan and applewood bacon; a first course of shrimp and andouille beignets with Louisiana crawfish corn maque choux; a soup course of smoked tomato soup with white wine crab and créme fraiche; a salad course of goat cheese and blueberry salad; an entree of Zapp’s-crusted cobia with a garden vegetable hash and smoked tomato butter sauce; and a bacon-and-waffle dessert.
The dinner has raised more than $100,000 for Café Reconcile, a nonprofit organization that trains at-risk youth the culinary arts.
Tickets to the black-tie optional dinner are $125 and are available here.

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