Chef's Delight

Chef's Delight

The 25th annual Chef’s Delight will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza at 6 p.m.

The Sabine Area Restaurant Association (SARA), sponsor of the event, will honor long-time board member and community supporter Arthur Berry. Berry is executive director of Emeritus at Dowlen Oaks and president and owner of Absolute Equipment serving Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.  He has been diligent in giving back to his profession, including many area boards and a past state president of the Texas Wholesale Distributors Association.  SARA president Jay Jenkinson will recognize Berry at the dinner for his many contributions in the region.

 Tickets are $60 each or a table of ten for $600. Members of the Golden Triangle Chefs Association will prepare dinner for approximately 500 guests, featuring Oyster Shooters, Muffuletta Bouchee, DuckConfit Salad, Braised Short Ribs, Sweet Potato and Yukon Hash, Roasted Cipollini Onions and Mushrooms and Turtle Crepes. Chef Traci Gates, president of the local chefs’ association and a Lamar Alumnus, states that the dinner “is an opportunity to spotlight the outstanding talents of chefs in Southeast Texas.”  Students from Lamar University’s Hospitality Management and Culinary Programs will assist the chefs.

The evening will also feature a live auction with packages including a New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers game in New Orleans with hotel accommodations for two and a sports package offering  tickets to a Texans and New England Patriots game with hotel accommodations for four for one night.

Proceeds from Chef’s Delight support scholarships for Lamar University Management and Lamar Institute of Technology’s RIFM programs, the Texas Restaurant Education Foundation, education and professional development for the Chef’s Association and donations to local charities. 

SARA has provided funds to the YMBL Auction, Special Olympics, Southeast Texas Food Bank, Nutrition Services for Seniors, Beaumont Humane Society, Orange Food Bank, Some Other Place, Boy’s Haven, Dogtober Fest, Girl’s Haven, and the Walter Price Scholarship Fund and has donated more than $325,000 to Lamar University for scholarships and equipment over the last 25 years. Last year, SARA completed the funding of its $250,000 endowment at Lamar University in support of its Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts programs.

Event chairs are Matt Peterson and Charles Duit at Lamar University. Contact (409) 880-8962 for more information.

- press release