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The SLU cooking evening is scheduled for March 26th

Chefs Evening, the Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event, returns on Sunday, March 26th.

Chef’s Night brings together the region’s best chefs, caterers, bakers and mixologists for a unique dining experience, made possible in part by platinum sponsor First Guaranty Bank, according to a press release.

Food, drinks, a silent auction and a toast with Southeastern President John L. Crain are part of the plans. At the end of the evening, guests vote for their favorite dishes and the restaurants with the Best Savory Dish and Best Sweet Dish awards receive the Chefs Evening Awards.

“The Chef’s Night has become a university tradition and an integral part of the Southeastern Foundation’s mission to secure financial resources for the critical needs of our students and academic programs,” said Wendy Lauderdale, vice president of university grants. “Our guests will experience delicious cuisine from dozens of the region’s best restaurants and caterers, an open bar, a large silent auction, and a unique opportunity to meet with friends while supporting the university and the success of its students.”

For sponsors and VIPs, the evening begins at 4:00 p.m. with the President’s Toast, an intimate gathering at the President’s Residence with hors d’oeuvres from the chefs of the Jacmel Inn Restaurant and Crain’s personal wine selection. At the end of the toast, attendees will head to Southeastern’s Pennington Center for the Prime Chefs’ Evening, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Many regional restaurants will be attending Chefs Evening for the first time, including BATTER, Blythewood Event Center, Lele’s FOOD Laboratory, Luma Coffee, Mariner’s Inn, Shack’s Restaurant, Tchefuncte’s Restaurant and University Donuts. Several local favorites are also returning including The Boston, Cate Street Seafood Station, Cena, Champagne Beverage, The Crescent Bar, Don’s Seafood and Steak House, Eddie’s Famous Frozen Custard, Jacmel Inn, Lee’s Drive In, Le Saigon, Oak Knoll Country Club , One Thirteen, Our Mom’s Restaurant and Bar, Roux and Brew, Sarita’s Grill and Cantina, Southeastern Catering, The BLVD Lounge and Grill, The Cakery, The Cocoa Bean, The Depeaux, Trey Yuen Cuisine of China, Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux and Wiseguys .