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Chefs' Charity for Children luncheon and fundraiser for St. Michael Special School 

  A diverse collection of well-known local chefs hosts the Chefs' Charity for Children, a luncheon and fundraiser for St. Michael Special School for developmentally disabled children.

  There are cooking demonstrations by the 12 participating chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, John Besh, Leah Chase and a veteran of one of the area's lost restaurants — Goffredo Fraccaro of Metairie's La Riviera, which did not reopen after Hurricane Katrina.

  The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Riverside Hotel (2 Poydras St., 504-561-0500). Tickets cost $65 and include the banquet lunch and a cookbook with 35 recipes from the featured chefs. To order tickets, call (504) 524-7285.

  This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Chefs' Charity for Children, which originally was conceived by the late New Orleans culinary icon Warren LeRuth and the late journalist Phil Johnson of WWL-TV. Since 1978, the event has raised more than $1 million for St. Michael Special School.

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