Wednesday, July 30, 2008

For Gumbo's Sake: A Dunbar's Fund Raiser

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Long before the Red Bull fad, plenty of New Orleans people caught an energy blast from the incredibly sweet tea served in such huge portions at Dunbar's Creole Cooking.

And before "extra value meal" was a trademarked marketing ploy from McDonald's, Dunbar's ridiculously generous red beans and fried chicken plates were a well-known way to stretch your dollar and fill your belly with the goodness of local cooking.

Dunbar's was hit hard by the levee failures and managed an unorthodox reopening in a spot in Loyola University's Broadway Activities Center, which is open to the public.

But the Dunbar family is working to move back to Freret Street and to help pay for repairs to the original building they are throwing a fund raiser this Friday. Here are the details:

What: “A Night to Remember” Benefit Gala, with live entertainment, buffet dinner and open bar

When: Aug.1, 7 p.m. -11p.m.

Where: Loyola Law Center, 501 Pine St., New Orleans

Tickets: $50 per person or $75 per couple, available at Dunbar’s in the Loyola Law Center (501 Pine St., 861-5451); the Freret Neighborhood Center (4605 Freret St., 373-6403); from the Dunbar family (220-1066); or at the door.

For more about the Dunbar family and their restaurant, check out this oral history conducted by New Orleans author and former Gambit Weekly restaurant critic Sara Roahen.

-- Ian McNulty

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