CCHS Alumni Chefs’ Dinner another success

The Central Catholic High School Alumni Association says its 23rd annual Chefs’ Dinner held Sunday was a success.

The fundraiser, a culinary event featuring gold-medal chefs, was held at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.

Organizing the event for the past 16 years was Chef Brian Blanchard, owner and executive chef of iMonelli Restaurant, a la carte, River Oaks Catering and Event Center in Lafayette and Café JoJo’s and NicoBella Catering and Events Center in Morgan City.

Joining Blanchard were Gilbert DeCourt, executive chef of Artisan Creative Catering; Patrick Poupart, owner/pastry chef of Poupart’s Bakery; Nash Barreca, executive chef of Nash’s Restaurant; Dale Ratcliff, iMonelli Restaurant; Richard Boudreaux, executive chef, a la carte; and Trey Stockdill, chef, Café JoJo’s.

Everyone had the opportunity to meet the chefs as they each served two gold-medal dishes to all in attendance.

Master of ceremonies was Larry Bergeron, a Morgan City councilman.

The invocation and Pledge of Allegiance was led by CCHS Principal Deacon Vic Bonnaffee III who also gave a brief summary of the status of the expansion process titled, Vision 2012.

According to Bonnaffee, the library/computer lab and six Holy Cross Elementary School classrooms are complete and are now being utilized. The new CCHS gymnasium will be completed in July. Construction on the Holy Cross Parish Life Center will begin in June. Renovations of Holy Cross Parish offices, CCHS offices and the original gym are continuing.

Guests in attendance included State Sen. Bret Allain, District Attorney Phil Haney, Judge Ed Leonard, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert, St. Mary Parish Assessor Jarrod Longman, St. Mary Parish Tax Collector Barry Dufrene, St. Mary Parish councilmen Glen Hidalgo and Kevin Voisin, St. Mary Parish Coroner Dr. Chip Metz, Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte, City Administrator Lorrie Braus and City Attorney Greg Aucoin.

A Power Point presentation highlighting past chef suppers and pictures of Vision 2012, updated by Drew Bergeron, was shown during the dinner.

Theme for the supper was “CCHS Alumni Salutes Louisiana’s Bicentennial.” A few historical facts about the state were given by D. Bergeron.

At the conclusion of the supper, Alumni Director Maggie Bergeron, assisted by Alison Bergeron and Rose Brown, presented door prizes, commemorative CCHS gifts to all of the chefs and tokens of appreciation to special guests.

Monsignor J. Douglas Courville provided the benediction.

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