As John Besh’s restaurant group has grown, so has the organization’s charitable arm. The John Besh Foundation funds scholarships for minorities in New Orleans to attend culinary school, and it also funds micro loans for local food producers.

This weekend, the John Besh Foundation hosts Fêtes Fest, a fundraiser at Generations Hall on Friday (March 24), from 8-11 p.m.

This year’s Fêtes Fest includes a concert by the Brass-a-Holics, open bar and food from a collection of local and visiting chefs, like Kyle Knall of Kenton's, Isaac Toups of Toups’ Meatery and Toups South, Ryan Prewitt of Pêche Seafood Grill, Edgar Chase IV of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, Alex Harrell of Angeline, Ashley Roussel of Simone's Market, Diana Chauvin Gallé of La Thai and Todd Pulsinelli of Restaurant August.

All inclusive tickets start at $99 and are available here.

The John Besh Foundation’s fundraising weekend also includes a series of eight dinners on Saturday held in local homes and led by star chefs from around the country, including Marcus Samuelsson, Emeril Lagasse and Aarón Sánchez. Tickets for these dinners start at $1,000. For details, see


Contributed photo from the John Besh Foundation - The fundraiser Fêtes Fest debuted last year from the John Besh Foundation and gathered local and visiting chefs for the event at the Civic Theater. The party returns this Friday (March 24) at Generations Hall.

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