Six national and four Louisiana chefs will show off their talents for a good cause at the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center’s annual Dining by Design benefit Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.
National chefs Pierre Sauvaget, Los Angeles Tennis Club, Los Angeles; Seth Shipley, Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida; Jared Van Camp, Old Town Social, Chicago; Rick Tramonto, Restaurant R’evolution and Seafood R’evolution, Chicago; Greg Biggers, SOFITEL Chicago Water Tower, Chicago; and Philippe Caupain, Si Bon Belgian Bistro, Rancho Mirage, California, will cook for chateau-style tables of 20 guests who pay $1,000 per ticket for their gold-level meal.
Louisiana chefs Dondi McNulty, The Little Village, Baton Rouge; Chris Motto, Mansurs on the Boulevard, Baton Rouge; Peter Sclafani, Ruffino’s, Baton Rouge and Lafayette; and Chris Lusk, Restaurant R’evolution, New Orleans, will cook for tables of 10 who pay $500 for their silver-level meals. Chef John Folse will serve bronze-level, $200-per-seat tables.
“The creativity of each chef is remarkable,” said Folse, board member of The Sister Dulce Foundation Inc. and managing partner and co-executive chef with chef Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans and Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland, Mississippi. “We basically give the chefs two ‘must-use’ ingredients: crab and certified Angus beef. Their creativity explodes from there.”
Each guest will be served an appetizer or soup course that includes crab, a salad course, a meat course that includes beef and a dessert.
The tables at Dining by Design are also works of art, with florists and designers creating eye-catching tablescapes on a theme; this year’s is “The Garden of Eden.” The event also includes a silent auction and “wine and dine” raffle of restaurant gift certificates and wine packages.
A more casual event, Chillin’ & Grillin’, will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at White Oak Plantation. For $50, guests will get a meal prepared by Folse, beverages and a chance to interact with Dining by Design chefs and florists.
Sister Dulce Maria and the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center serve the sick and dying, as well as offer spiritual guidance. The center sits on 51 acres in south Baton Rouge and includes a convent, chapel and meditation trails. It is open to those of any religious affiliation.