“The showcase committee is truly remarkable. Its hard work and dedication are the driving force behind the success of (Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge’s) signature event,” Development Director Cindy Macha said of the upcoming 29th annual Capital Chefs’ Showcase.

The Sept. 8 gala, with its theme of “Our Vision is Crystal Clear: Catering to Body, Mind & Spirit,” is a major fundraising event held each year for Cancer Services. It features a lavish, continuous cocktail buffet, open bar, silent auction and live music.

Executive Director Mimi Riché said that thanks to the chefs and business community, 87 cents of every dollar raised through the showcase goes directly to programs and services provided free of charge to cancer patients and their families.

Capital Chefs’ Showcase steering committee members said the Sept. 8 event also will include the raffle of a $4,000 shopping spree donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry & Distinctive Gifts. Only 400 tickets at $50 each are available.

To order a raffle ticket, call Macha or Lindsay Wilson at (225) 927-2273.

The caterers and restaurants and their chefs and/or owners participating in the event on Sept. 8 at Crowne Plaza are Mary Aycock; Café Americain, Travis Conley; Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Sean Edwards; Chef Celeste at Southside Gardens, Celeste Gill; Chef KD Louisiana Legends, Kevin Diaz; Culinary Productions, Catering & Event Planning, William T. Wells; Drusilla Seafood Restaurant and Catering, Sonny Creel; Fleming’s Steakhouse, Eusebio Gongora II; French Market Bistro, Justin McDonald; Heirloom Cuisine, LLC, Jason and Caryn Roland; Hymel’s Seafood Restaurant, James Hymel III; and Juban’s Restaurant & Catering, Jaime Hernandez.

Also, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, Kirkor Dakessian; Mansurs on the Boulevard, Austin Harrell; Mike Anderson’s Seafood Restaurant, Mike Anderson; Portobello’s Italian Grill and Café; Roberto’s River Road Restaurant, Roberto Sandoval; Serop’s Café, Vasken Kaltakdjian and Sami Kobrossi; Superior Grill, Jose Botello; The Little Village, Sammy Chenevert and Dondi McNulty; The Mansion Restaurant at Nottaway Plantation Resort, Daniel Thompson; The Steakhouse at Hollywood Casino, Peter Palasi; Tsunami, Frederick Nanato; Unique Cuisine, Chip Strange; and Zea’s Rotisserie & Grill, Fred Woods.

Participating with food booths are Baton Rouge General Medical Center and Kleinpeter Farms Dairy.

BD Kitchens Co. and chef Wanda Calkins will be catering the silent auction preview party.

Amedisys Home Health Services is the event’s presenting sponsor, and Albemarle Foundation, Arrighi Construction and Capital One Bank are “executive chef” sponsors.

The Capital Chefs’ Showcase honorary chair couple are LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri and his wife, Karen.

Showcase steering committee members include Amanda Bullock and Nicole Tarleton, co-chairwomen; Kim Gilly, publicity; Terri Zimmer, silent auction; Katie Arnold and Kim Dillon, decorations; Cheryl Payne and Lisa Ann Moore, secretary; Tracey Koch and Sarah Livingston, caterers/chefs’ liaison; Ann Guercio, chefs’ party; and John Miller, refreshments.

Cancer Services, which began in 1959, is funded by Capital Area United Way, donations, special events, grants and bequests, according to Macha. The organization doesn’t receive any government funding, Medicare, Medicaid or insurance reimbursements for any of the services it provides.

Its 17 employees and more than 200 volunteers help patients and their families in Ascension, Iberville, Livingston, St. James, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena Parishes.