Some 40 restaurants and caterers will be participating in the 32nd annual Capital Chefs’ Showcase, a major fundraising event to benefit Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.

New this year will be an optional Bite & Booze Cooking Competition, and about 20 chefs have agreed to participate in the “Top Chef” style contest. Local culinary enthusiast and blogger Jay Ducote will be leading a panel of food experts and local celebrities in judging the competition. Judging will be based on taste and appearance.

Funds raised at the Sept. 4 gala are vital in helping Cancer Services “support the mission of improving life for those living with cancer,” Brian Hannah, chief executive officer of Cancer Services, said. “We at Cancer Services cannot thank the community enough for continuing to support Capital Chefs’ Showcase and Cancer Services.”

The showcase will have two honorary chairmen — LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, who has chaired the event since 2007, and Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden.

The showcase raised about $250,000 for Cancer Services last year and organizers are hoping to exceed that this year. They expect approximately 1,200 people to attend the annual event, said Chrissy Dupuy, Cancer Service’s marketing and development manager.

She said Cancer Services, which began in 1959, receives no government funding, Medicare, Medicaid or insurance reimbursements for the support services it provides cancer patients and their families in 10 parishes: Ascension, Iberville, Livingston, St. James, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena Parishes.

The caterers and restaurants participating in the event on Sept. 4 at Baton Rouge River Center are Alexander’s Highland Market; Mary R. Aycock; Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar; Bin 77 Bistro & Wine; Blend Wine Bar & Restaurant; Cafe’ Americain; Wanda and Phil Calkins; Carrabba’s Italian Grill; Cheesecake Bistro by Copelands; Chef Don Bergeron Enterprises; Culinary Production, Catering & Event Planning; Don’s Seafood; Drusilla Seafood Restaurant and Catering; Duplantier Catering; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse; Forte Grove Bakery; Galatoire’s Bistro; Hello Sushi; Jasmines on the Bayou; Juban’s Creole Restaurant & Caterer; Kleinpeter Farms Dairy; Lava Cantina; Le Creole Fine Louisiana Cuisine; Mansurs on the Boulevard; Mike Anderson’s Seafood; Nothing Bundt Cakes; P.F. Chang’s; Portobello’s Grill; Roberto’s; Ruffino’s Catering; Southside Gardens; Stab’s Seafood & Steak; Stroubes Seafood and Steaks; Superior Bar & Grill; Sweet Impressions Bakery and Cafe; Tallulah; The Little Village- Airline and The Little Village-Downtown; Unique Cuisine Catering; and Zea Rotisserie and Grill.