September 23, 2005


Hurricane Katrina Creole Cooking Fundraiser TOPS $11,000
 Three hundred guests attend The event

PORTLAND, Maine –The Creole Cooking and Jazz Event raised $11,500 for the American Red Cross hurricane Katrina relief efforts.  The event took place Thursday night, September 22 at Portland Harbor Hotel. An estimated three hundred people attended the event.


“It was a combined effort,” commented event host and creator Jeff Landry, Executive Chef at Eve’s at the Garden. “Seven great restaurants, two amazing bands, a team of volunteers from the Red Cross, plus staff from Eve’s at the Garden and Portland Harbor Hotel, all worked together to produce a spectacular fundraising event” continued Landry.


Chefs from Back Bay Grill, Cinque Terre, Eve’s at the Garden, Hugo’s, Mim’s, Old Port Sea Grill and Salt Water Grille prepared dishes with southern or Creole influences. The Creole menu lineup included Smoked Gravlax and lobster terrine (Back Bay Grill), Oysters with a spicy Mignonette sauce and an assortment of cured meats, cheeses and peppers (Cinque Terre), Smoked beef brisket, barbecue pulled pork, and gourmet stuffed chicken breasts with Creole sauce (Eve's at the Garden), Beignets (Hugo's), Wood grilled Cajun shrimp in mango salsa (Old Port Sea Grill), Mini po' boy sandwiches (Mim's), and New Orleans Muffaletta sandwiches (Salt Water Grille).


The Bellamy Jazz Band entertained a crowd on the Hotel’s terrace with Dixieland jazz standards. The Poorboys, an area bluegrass trio, entertained guests gathered in the Hotel’s lobby and dining room at Eve’s at the Garden. Midway through the evening, Canadian country music star, Joan Kennedy, joined with the PoorBoys to sing several songs.

“Local companies including AV Advantage, Barber Foods, Browne Trading Company, Harbor Fish, Marriott Sable Oaks, Native Maine Produce, PIP Printing, Portland Color, and White Rock Distilleries, went ‘above and beyond’ to support the chefs and the cause,” commented Gerard Kiladjian, GM at Portland Harbor Hotel. “There was an outpouring of support for this event. From the guests who attended and businesses that donated products and services, to local media which helped us create awareness for the event -- it was a real team effort and a fun event for everyone” continued Kiladjian.

"To date the American Red Cross has served over 25 million meals and snacks to those displaced or affected by Hurricane Katrina.  The idea of raising money locally by having our top restaurants pull together was inventive and another demonstration of what a strong community we have here,” commented Josh Barnes-Livermore, Major Gifts Officer for the American Red Cross of Southern Maine. “The entire amount raised last night will be sent to help the millions displaced or in need, and we thank all those involved with this event for helping us help so many" continued Barnes-Livermore.

Volunteer staff from the American Red Cross greeted attendees at the door and accepted donations. Josh Barnes-Livermore was instrumental in arranging Red Cross volunteers.  

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