John Besh's charitable foundation grows, chef adds new downtown bash

February 2016
By: Ian McNulty, The New Orleans Advocate

It’s hard to miss that chef John Besh’s restaurant company is growing.

His group has 12 high-profile restaurants, and he has a major new project on the way in the Pontchartrain Hotel, now being redeveloped.

Behind the scenes, the chef’s charitable foundation has been growing apace too. Its programs are expanding their reach and next month the foundation’s annual fundraiser returns with a new approach intended to open things up further.

The John Besh Foundation, now in its fifth year, primarily funds scholarships for minorities in New Orleans to attend culinary school and funds micro loans for local food producers.

For its Fêtes des Chefs event, Besh invites high profile chefs from around the country to host private dinners in local homes. The event is March 19. The list of hosts includes the likes of Aarón Sánchez, Sean Brock, Edward Lee and “Top Chef” star Gail Simmons, and tickets are $1,000.