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Sample Besh restaurants for Cafe Hope 

  Cafe Hope (1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 504-756-4673; www.cafehope.org) serves a lot more than meals. This nonprofit cafe, located inside the West Bank's historic Hope Haven Center, serves the community with a job training and life skills program for young people who want to get a fresh start. The John Besh Restaurant Group has been a big booster for this mission and Thursday, chefs and staff for six of its restaurants convene for a benefit for Cafe Hope.

  The party, called "Besh, Hope and Holidays," is at Royal Palm (1901 Manhattan Blvd., 504-644-4100; www.royalpalmfpc.com) and will feature signature dishes from Restaurant August, Borgne, Luke, American Sector, La Provence and Domenica. Guests have the run of the tables (and open bar) from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets cost $150. A patron party begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost $250 each. For tickets, call Catholic Charities at 504-310-6865 or e-mail ehalpern@ccano.og.

  Cafe Hope is an affiliated ministry of Catholic Charities and its training model is similar to that used by Cafe Reconcile in Central City, where Cafe Hope founder Don Boyd previously served as chef. It serves weekday lunch and provides event catering.

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