Come Grow With Us 2018 was amazing.

Come Grow With Us: Chef Showdown is our signature annual fundraising gala. This September, over 600 guests joined us for the third year running at the Ace Hotel. Guests enjoyed unforgettable cuisine from over twenty of New Orleans’ finest culinary visionaries, several open bars, and live music. Our live auction featured one-of-a-kind opportunities and experiences, including a farm-to-table dinner at Paradigm Gardens with Patois, and an in-home dinner by Martha Wiggins!


Sponsors enjoyed benefits such as patron party access at the Alto rooftop bar, logo and name displays in our program, signage, and social media, and tickets to our monthly Guest Chef Night dinner series.


This year, Come Grow With Us was presented by our partners The Ruby Slipper Cafe. We were thrilled to honor four very special people.


Janet Gorence Davas Youth Achievement Award: Max Williams and Kisscha “Keedy” Tiffith


Calvin Johnson Youth Advocate Award: Troy James


Our inaugural Food Justice Champion Award: the late Arthur “Mr. Okra” Robinson


Check out our blog for the event wrap-up.


Want to get involved for Come Grow With Us 2019? Email us today!

Thank you to all of our generous event sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Executive Chef

Chef de Cuisine

Sous Chef

Saute Chef


Margot Botsford & Steve Rosenfeld

Pastry Chef

Elaine Garvey | Rob & Syd Kindler | Poydras Louisiana, LLC | IBERIABANK | Ellen & Steve Frischhertz | Smallchalk Creative Studio

Banquet Chef

Blue Cross Blue Shield LA | Willie’s Chicken Shack | Nice Day | Transdev | Paul H. Flower | Dana & Louis Shepard | Ravi Bates Star Physical Therapy | Patrick Bordnick & Allison Stock | Denise Redmann & Bill Hoffman | Aimee & Mike Siegel | Robert S. and Ann Boh | Mrs. Robert H. Boh | Bruce & Jackie Shreves | Fulcrum Hospitality | Roth Law Firm | Wendy & Eddy Gellert | Elizabeth Boh | CFreedom Photography | Liberty Bank | WJ Palmisano LLC | GoodWood NOLA | Kathleen Padian | Tina Dang | Camellia Brand | Daily Beet | Hon. Calvin Johnson and Deidre Hayes DSW | Sylvia & Alvin Richard | Luca Falcone | Khavyar

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