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Chef Tran benefit 

  People in the New Orleans restaurant scene often talk about how supportive and community-minded their industry has grown over the years. They do more than just talk about it, though; they prove it by contributing their time, money and food to many causes. They are especially generous when those in need of support come from their own ranks.

  We saw the industry rally for chef Matt Murphy back in 2010. We saw people come out in force for Michael Bordelon of Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar last year, and next week we'll see another example for chef Quan Tran, formerly the chef de cuisine at Tamarind. Tran is battling cancer, and his friends have organized a Dec. 17 event at the elegant CBD restaurant Le Foret (129 Camp St., 504-553-6738; to raise money for Tran's treatment and to support his family.

  There will be food from Irish House, Borgne, Commander's Palace, Rene Bistrot, Domenica, Coquette, the soon-to-open Dominique's on Magazine and the Hyatt Regency. Mixologists from SoBou, Cure and Dominique's on Magazine will serve drinks, and the event includes a silent auction and live music.

  The Chef Quan Tran Benefit begins at 6:30 p.m., and a $125 donation gets you in the door. For tickets, call Le Foret and ask for Michelle.


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