Attendees at Southeastern Louisiana University’s 35th annual Chefs Evening, held March 31, chose Blackened Brew and The Cakery by popular vote for the event’s Tasters’ Choice Awards. Patrons sampled cuisine from nearly two dozen restaurants and caterers before casting their votes.
The Cakery, based out of Tickfaw, won in the Best Dessert category for its four signature cakes. Downtown Hammond gastropub Blackened Brew came in first in the Best Entrée category for its seared sesame tuna on a fried wonton with a wasabi crème fraiche and teriyaki honey drizzle.
Chefs Evening is organized by the Southeastern Foundation and serves as the organization’s main fundraising event with all proceeds directly supporting student scholarships and academic programs. In addition to offering tastings of food and drink from around the region, Chefs Evening features a silent auction, a live auction, and raffles. The 2019 Chefs Evening had an attendance of over 525 and raised more than $130,000 for the University and its students.