Food, Fun, and Philanthropy in New Orleans: Local Chefs Cook to Benefit Recovery Efforts in the Philippines


NOLA Chefs Aid for the Philippines December 16

Editor’s note: We thank our friend Jeff Young of for bringing this terrific initiative to our attention. I hope those of you living in the surrounding area can enjoy and support this event. The rest of us can also be involved through prayerful support and/or a monetary donation to benefit those in need! LMH

NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines

The folks in south Louisiana know what it is like to suffer. After eight years, parts of New Orleans are still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Yet suffering helps all of us to keep focused on what is most important in life, and it urges us to reach out with a helping hand to others who suffer.

NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines brings together – in the great city of New Orleans – the love of good food and the love of family and community.

Tickets for NOLA Chefs' Aid for the Philippines on sale now! Click here!

In response to the devastation wrought on the Philippines by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), New Orleans area chefs are banding together for a night of food, fun, and philanthropy, with all proceeds going directly to the Philippines where it is most needed.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Chef Leah Chase, and James Carville are Honorary Co-Chairs for the event, with Chef Frank Brigsten, Chef Tenney Flynn, and Ralph Brennan heading up the Chefs Committee. Nearly 40 chefs will come together for the event, including Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Chef Matt Murphy of The Irish House, Chef Cory Bahr of Restaurant Cotton, and Kid Chef Eliana… and many more! The full list of participating chefs can be found at

Monday, December 16, – from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside – New Orleans chefs will cook up their version of traditional Filipino dishes like:

  • Lechon Baboy
  • Lechon Tacos
  • Kare-Kare
  • Lumpia
  • Pancit
  • Tokwa’t Baboy
  • Ube Blini & Cornick-Crusted Chicken Adobo Sliders with Red Curry Coconut Creme Anglaise
  • Halo Halo Panna Cotta with <unggo Gelee and Jackfruit Compote
  • Savory Dinuguan with Mini Puto and Sweet Banana Lumpia, Jackfruit, and Caramelized Coconut Sauce
  • And much, much more!

Duke Heitger and Friends will provide the evening’s entertainment, and attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exciting items and packages in the silent auction.

Partnering with American Culinary Federation New Orleans ( and National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (, NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines will send funds raised by this event directly to the recovery efforts taking place in the Philippines where it is most needed. For years NAFCON has been actively involved in the Philippines with a network of local churches, non-governmental organizations, schools and health organizations. The network is named BALSA, and it ensures that 100% of all proceeds sent through NAFCON will reach some of the hardest hit areas of the Philippines, as soon as possible, and in an organized, transparent, and effective manner.

If you are unable to attend the event on Monday, December 16, you are still able to make a donation to help the recovery efforts. To make a donation, just click on the big red button below:

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Event Organizer Nina Camacho Joins The Catholic Foodie on Around the Table Food Show

On Friday December 6th, NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines organizer Nina Camacho joined Jeff Young and his co-hosts on Around the Table to talk about the event. Listen below to catch some of the excitement buzzing around the city as the event approaches next week.

Please share the news of the event on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms that you use.

Listen Now

Listen to the Around the Table Food Show by clicking on the “play” button below. Or to download the MP3 version and listen at your convenience, just right-click this link and save it to your computer: New Orleans Chefs Cook to Benefit Recovery Efforts in the Philippines.

Copyright 2013 Jeff Young


About Author

Jeff Young is the founder and producer of The Catholic Foodie blog and podcast, which has 15,000-plus followers. Jeff was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and now lives in New Orleans. He is a friend of many of the city’s famous chefs, and co-hosts the Around the Table Food Show on CCR 690AM (New Orleans) and 1380AM in Baton Rouge. Jeff is also a conference speaker and has spoken on topics ranging from “growing faith around the table” to “using social media in the New Evangelization.” Jeff’s book Around the Table with The Catholic Foodie: Middle Eastern Cuisine brings the cuisine of the Holy Land to your family table.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks so much, Lisa, for posting news of this awesome event! I am so excited to be a part of it. We certainly know what it is like to experience devastation from the forces of nature. Our hearts – and our prayers – go out to the people of the Philippines. Hopefully, our small efforts in the city of New Orleans will help the victims of the most recent typhoon in the Philippines to rebuild their homes, their cities, and their hope. Many blessings on you, Lisa, and on all the readers and contributors of!

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