The restaurant community has rallied around Ritz-Carlton executive chef Mat Murphy, who is still in Ochsner Hospital battling a streptococcus infection that led to toxic shock syndrome and DIC, a rare, life-threatening condition that prevents blood from clotting. More than 200 pints of blood have been donated in Murphy's name at various hospitals and blood drives, and Murphy's wife Alicia has been updating his progress at the couple's Web site (which had originally been set up to follow the lives of the couple's quadruplets). But the big push to help the Murphys takes place this Sunday, when more than 45 local and national chefs will be gathering at the Ritz-Carlton for a massive culinary endeavor and silent auction.
"We started the week at 350 tickets sold, and in the last 72 hours it's gone over 1,000," says Char Thian, who handles the hotel's public relations.
The event will also feature an onsite silent auction (autographed celebrity chef cookbooks! autographed Manning footballs! autographed Brees jersey! autographed Hannah Montana-bilia!) in conjunction with an online auction that includes stays in Ritz hotels around the world, among other luxe prizes -- more than 200 auction items in all.
The Murphy benefit will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sun. June 14 in two Ritz-Carlton ballrooms, and all funds will go toward Murphy's hospital bills and childcare to assist Alicia, who is pregnant with their fifth child. Tickets are only $65. For reservations, call (504) 670-2828.
For a full list of participating chefs, hit the jump.
5 FIFTY 5- Mark Quitney
ANTOINES- Michael Regua
ARNAUDS- Gaetano "Tommy" DiGiovanni
BAYONA- Susan Spicer
BEGUES/DESIRE OYSTER BAR- Peter Page
BESH RESTAURANT GROUP- AUGUST, LUKE, BESH STEAKHOUSE and LA PROVENCE- John Besh
BOURBON HOUSE (DICKIE BRENNAN AND COMPANY) - Neil Mockovack
CAFÉ ADELAIDE- Chris Lusk
CAFÉ GIOVANNI- Duke LoCicero
CHATEAU DU LAC BISTRO- Jacques Saleun
COCHON AND HERBSAINT- Donald Link
COMMANDERS PALACE- Tory McPhail
DANTES KITCHEN- Emmanuel Loubier
DRAGOS- Tommy Cvitanovich
EMERILS- David Slater
GALATOIRES- Brian Landry
GW FINS- Tenney Flynn
K-PAULS LOUISIANA KITCHEN- Paul Prudhomme and Paul Miller
LA COTE BRASSERIE- Wyatt Kennair
LA PETITE GROCERY- Justin Devillier
SUCRE- Tariq Hannah
MAURICES PASTRIES- Jean-Luc Albin
MILA- Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing,(Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel)
MR. BS- Cindy Brennan and Michelle McRaney
MURIELS JACKSON SQUARE- Rick Gratia/Gus Martin
RALPHS ON THE PARK, REDFISH GRILL AND BACCO (THE BRENNAN GROUP)- Chip Falangan- Ralphs, Chris Montero- Bacco, Greg Collier- Redfish Grill and Tobi Dotson- Pastry Chef
RESTAURANT CUVEE- Bob Iacovone
RIB ROOM ROTISSERIE EXTRAORDINAIRE- Anthony Spizale
SIXTEEN at THE TRUMP CHICAGO- Frank Brunacci
STELLA! and STANLEY- Scott Boswell
THE GRILL ROOM- Drew Dzejak
THE RITZ-CARLTON, DALLAS- John Coleman and THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA- Thomas Tolxdorf and THE RITZ-CARLTON, ORLANDO- Sean Woods
THE RITZ-CARLTON, NEW ORLEANS- Azhar Mohammad and Simone Fleming
WHITE OAK PLANTATION- John Folse
WOLFES- Tom Wolfe
ZEA- Greg Reggio and Gary Darling