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Stephan Pyles to whip up $1,000 plates for Louisiana benefit dinner

Stephan Pyles to whip up $1,000 plates for Louisiana benefit dinner

In August, Dallas celebrity chef Stephan Pyles heads to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to join five other U.S. chefs for a $1,000-per-plate dinner called Dining By Design. May seem pricey, but it’s going to a very good cause: the comfort and guidance of the sick and terminally ill.

Hosted by the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, the August 25 dinner at Crowne Plaza Hotel is an exclusive four-course feast for 20. Shrimp is the star of the first courses, and chefs must use beef tenderloin in their main courses.

Joining Pyles in the charitable kitchen are Pierre Sauvaget from the Los Angeles Tennis Club; Jared Van Camp of Nellcôte in Chicago; Peter Timmins from the Everglades Sportsman’s Club in Everglades City, Florida; Chris Pandel from the Bristol in Chicago; and Charles Carroll of the River Oaks Country Club in Houston.

Set pieces created by local designers and florists, together with the chefs’ culinary stylings, promise a “a visual and edible feast for the eyes and palate.”

If you’re not one of the lucky 20, tickets are available for $200-$500. Those meals are prepared by some of Louisiana’s best chefs, including Peter Page, executive chef at Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans.

The Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center was founded by the Sister Dulce Foundation in 2009 as a place for comfort and guidance for the sick and terminally ill in Baton Rouge. The foundation is named for the nun who visits the sick and terminally ill and their families.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Joyce Chaney at 225-752-8480.

Dallas star chef Stephan Pyles
Stephan Pyles is one of six U.S. chefs heading to Baton Rouge to prepare an exclusive benefit dinner for 20. Photo courtesy of Stephan Pyles