As chefs attain celebrity status, more have been leveraging that attention with charitable foundations and fundraisers.

More New Orleans chefs are hosting their own charitable events and fundraising galas these days. Next week, the godfather of them all returns with Chefs’ Charity for Children, held March 9 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.

It was started back in 1978 by the highly influential New Orleans chef Warren LeRuth and Phil Johnson of WWL-TV to benefit St. Michael’s Special School for developmentally disabled children.

Both founders have passed away, but their annual Chefs’ Charity still gathers a brigade of generous New Orleans chefs for a one-of-a-kind luncheon with an incredibly loyal following. The chefs conduct cooking demonstrations, while guests are served a banquet lunch.

New to the mix this year are chef Alon Shaya of Shaya and Domenica and Pizza Domenica and chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise. This year also brings a well-known visiting chef, Martin Yan, star of the PBS cooking series “Yan Can Cook.”

They join many returning Chefs’ Charity alumni, including Emeril Lagasse, Leah Chase, John Besh, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s, John Folse, Goffredo Fraccaro (of the former of La Riviera), Greg Reggio of Zea and Mizado Cocina and Frank and Tommy Wong of Trey Yuen.

WHEN: March 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St.

Tickets start at $65. Call 504-524-7285 or go to

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