Chef Quan Tran, the former executive chef at Tamarind, was diagnosed with stomach cancer last March. Since then he’s been through the ringer with Chemo and surgery. As if that weren’t enough to deal with, Chef Tran’s insurance will run out on December 1. To help Chef Tran pay for his treatment and afford his COBRA payments, Chef Dominique Macquet and many others in the New Orleans bar and restaurant scene are pulling together. For more details, here’s the official release:
Please join us on Monday, Dec. 17th at 6:00 p.m. for a benefit for Chef Quan Tran, hosted by Chef Dominique Macquet. Quan has been battling stomach cancer since March. To complicate matters, his insurance will end on Dec. 1st. Together, we can help Quan to get the treatment he needs, and assist him and his family during this difficult time. (Please see below for price and ticket purchase info!)
An array of New Orleans’ top chefs and mixologists have already signed on, including Rene Bajeux of Rene Bistrot, Brian Landry of Borgne, Tory McPhail of Commanders Palace, Alon Shaya of Domenica, and Matt Murphy of The Irish House. On the mixologist side, Abigail Gullo of SoBou, Ian Julien of Dominique’s on Magazine, and Nick Detrich of Cure will be stirring it up. This promises to be a fantastic evening in a beautiful venue, the always wonderful Le Fôret (129 Camp Street at the corner of Common).
You can also play Santa for Quan’s three children, as the family will need some extra help with Christmas this year. If you would like to donate a gift or clothing, please contact Chef Dominique (604-292-2319), Wendy Macquet (504-261-8253) or Elizabeth Porter (347-610-0409). Gifts and clothing can be dropped off at the event.
There are so many ways you can personally make a difference for this wonderful man and his family this holiday season. Let’s get together and do what New Orleanians do best: surround those members of our community who need it with our love and support.
Tickets are $125 (all inclusive) and can be purchased by calling Le Fôret at 504-553-6738. ONLY 150 TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE, so be sure to call and reserve your place!
I know any assistance is deeply appreciated by Chef Dominique and the Tran family – please let me know if you’d like to help, and please do forward this on to anyone else you think might be interested! I created a Facebook event with all this information on it, as well, so people can visit that as a resource. (https://www.facebook.com/events/491604267546819/)