La Petite Grocery in uptown New Orleans will host a dinner on Aug. 24 to mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005.
An opening reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner at 7 p.m. prepared by chef Justin Devillier, of La Petite Grocery, and guest chef Justin Girouard, of The French Press in Lafayette. Wine for the evening is being sponsored by James Moises, of Moises Wines and Bizou Wines distributor of New Orleans.
Tickets are $200. Make reservation by calling the restaurant, (504) 891-3377.
Devillier and Girouard worked together at the now-closed Restaurant Stella! when Hurricane Katrina hit. They both returned soon after the storm to help open Stanley, originally located in the Hotel Provincial. As one of the only restaurants open in the area due to the hotel’s generator, they worked with a small staff around the clock for the weeks following the storm to serve relief workers and others affected.
Proceeds from the 10-year anniversary dinner will benefit St. Bernard Project, a New Orleans nonprofit which was founded in 2006 and has since been working to ensure that citizens and communities affected by the storm are able to recover. In the past nine years, SBP has rebuilt homes for over 600 families in New Orleans and continues to tackle the housing and community needs of the city.
At the helm of La Petite Grocery since 2006, Devillier helped to rebuild the restaurant’s infrastructure after Hurricane Katrina and was promoted to executive chef in 2007. Mia Devillier joined the team in 2009 as general manager, and, in 2010, the Devilliers took over majority ownership of the restaurant, housed in a century-old building. Chef Devillier was named a James Beard finalist in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 for Best Chef: South. His new restaurant, Balise, named after the first French settlement at the mouth of the Mississippi River, opened in the Central Business District of New Orleans in early 2015.