December 8, 2013

New Orleans Chefs Cook to Benefit Recovery Efforts in the Philippines

New Orleans Chefs Cook to Benefit Recovery Efforts in the Philippines

NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines

Here in south Louisiana we know what it is like to suffer. After eight years, parts of New Orleans are still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. However, our suffering helps us to keep focused on what is most important in life, and it urges us to reach out with a helping hand to others who suffer.

NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines brings together – in our great city of New Orleans – our love of good food and our equally strong love of family and community.

In response to the devastation wrought on the Philippines by Super Typhoon Haiyan, New Orleans area chefs are banding together for a night of food, fun, and philanthropy, with all proceeds going directly to the Philippines where it is most needed.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Chef Leah Chase, and James Carville are Honorary Co-Chairs for the event, with Chef Frank Brigsten, Chef Tenney Flynn, and Ralph Brennan head up the Chefs Committee. Nearly 40 chefs will come together for the event, including Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Chef Matt Murphy of The Irish House, Chef Cory Bahr of Restaurant Cotton, and Kid Chef Eliana… and many more! The full list of participating chefs can be found at

Monday, December 16, – from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside – New Orleans chefs will cook up their version of traditional Filipino dishes like:

  • Lechon Baboy
  • Lechon Tacos
  • Kare-Kare
  • Lumpia
  • Pancit
  • Tokwa’t Baboy
  • Ube Blini & Cornick-Crusted Chicken Adobo Sliders with Red Curry Coconut Creme Anglaise
  • Halo Halo Panna Cotta with <unggo Gelee and Jackfruit Compote
  • Savory Dinuguan with Mini Puto and Sweet Banana Lumpia, Jackfruit, and Caramelized Coconut Sauce
  • And much, much more!

Duke Heitger and Friends will provide the evening’s entertainment, and attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exciting items and packages in the silent auction.

Partnering with American Culinary Federation New Orleans ( and National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (, NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines will send funds raised by this event directly to the recovery efforts taking place in the Philippines where it is most needed. For years NAFCON has been actively involved in the Philippines with a network of local churches, non-governmental organizations, schools and health organizations. The network is named BALSA, and it ensures that 100% of all proceeds sent through NAFCON will reach some of the hardest hit areas of the Philippines, as soon as possible, and in an organized, transparent, and effective manner.

If you are unable to attend the event on Monday, December 16, you are still able to make a donation to help the recovery efforts. To make a donation, just click on the big red button below:

Event Organizer Nina Camacho Joins Us on Around the Table Food Show

On Friday, NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines organizer Nina Camacho joined us on Around the Table to talk about the event. Listen below to catch some of the excitement buzzing around the city as the event approaches next week.

Listen Now

Listen to the Around the Table Food Show by clicking on the “play” button below. Or to download the MP3 version and listen at your convenience, just right-click this link and save it to your computer: New Orleans Chefs Cook to Benefit Recovery Efforts in the Philippines.


New Format for Around the Table

Around The Table Food Show debuted on Friday, April 12, 2013 in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Catholic Community Radio (690 AM in NOLA and 1380AM in BR). It is also available for listening online. It also airs on Saturdays and Sundays in Northwestern Ohio on Holy Family Radio WJTA 88.9 FM.

Though the show started as a 45 minute production, we are altering the format as of November 21st. Around the Table is now a 30 minute radio show with only one floating “commercial” break. We altered the format to make it easier for stations across the country to pick it up and broadcast it.

Like The Catholic Foodie podcast, Around The Table Food Show is a radio show that talks about food and faith. Around The Table celebrates the joy of cooking and dining, and it encourages folks to get into the kitchen and to gather around the table with family and friends… Because good things happen around the table.

Around The Table highlights the local culture and cuisine of south Louisiana. The show is co-hosted by Dave Dawson, Monsignor Christopher Nalty and myself. Dave Dawson is the president of Catholic Community Radio, which has stations in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Monsignor Christopher Nalty is the pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in New Orleans.

Catholic Community Radio Listening Area

The show airs on Fridays at 3:30 PM Central in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The listening area spans from the Mississippi/Alabama border all the way to the west of Baton Rouge on the way to Lafayette.

Each broadcast is recorded, archived, and released as a podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. The first two broadcasts are embedded below. You can listen to them in your browser or download them as MP3 files.

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