John Besh and Paula Deen High Tail It!

John Besh and Aaron Sanchez High Tail It to Save the Fish
New Orleans Wine & food Experience Hooks Stars to Raise Money for Gulf Coast Fishermen

Louisiana's own "bayou boy," TLC celebrity chef John Besh, and Food Network's reigning southern belle, Paula Deen, are joining forces to help support the fishermen of Louisiana, whose livelihoods are being threatened by the recent catastrophic oil spill. The two southern culinary connoisseurs will be tag teaming for the final day of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience [NOWFE], taking center stage together at 3:15 p.m. on May 29 for a cooking demo. That evening, Besh reels in celebrity chefs Paula Deen and Aaron Sanchez, and 2009 James Beard Best Chef (South), John Currence, for hors d'oeuvres and a six-course dinner with wine pairings at the award-winning August restaurant highlighting Louisiana seafood at its BEST!

There's no such thing as too many chefs in the kitchen when Besh, Deen, Currence, and Sanchez are on the line at August. Also on board with the crew of supporters is Deen's husband, Captain Michael Groover, and her brother Earl 'Bubba Hiers of Bubba's Oyster House.  Each chef will be preparing a specific dish for the six-course dinner which will showcase gulf coast seafood specialties. The dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m.

  • 6:30 p.m. - Cocktail and Hors d'oeuvres Reception, dinner - Table sponsorship, $5,000.
  • 7:30 p.m. - Individual Dinner Seats, only - $300 per person.
  • Diners attending have a chance to get "hooked" again for a good cause! One plate will have a fishing hook underneath the base and that lucky person will receive a Viking Under Counter Wine Cooler for being such a good sport! (valued $2,000)

To reserve a seat or table, contact Banquet Manager, Christy Bradley, by calling 504.565.5482 or emailing,

All proceeds from the dinner will go to help the fishermen of the Gulf Coast.  Additional donations are accepted.  Dinner sponsored in part by Harrah's New Orleans and Republic National Distributing Company.  
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