NANCY OAKES NAMED HOST CHEF AT BAL MASQUÉ 2018 CHEFS’ DINNER

New Orleans, Louisiana—Chef Nancy Oakes, Executive Chef and Owner of Boulevard Restaurant and Prospect Restaurant in San Francisco, will be the host chef at this year’s Link Stryjewski Foundation Bal Masqué Chefs’ Dinner. Oakes will cook the annual dinner alongside Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski on Friday, January 19th, 2018, at Calcasieu. The 2018 Bal Masqué will take place on Saturday, January 20th at the Sugar Mill. Oakes will prepare a four-course dinner paired with wines for the exclusive charity dinner.

Chef Link has known Chef Oakes for many years. He first became friends with her while he was working in San Francisco in the late 90s. “Nancy helped me find my footing when I was living in San Francisco. She helped me find a job cooking,” states Link. “I’ve always admired her food. She’s been a mentor to so many and is a leader in our industry. I am honored that she is serving as our host chef this year.”

Chef Oakes opened Boulevard Restaurant in 1993, and has been honored with numerous local, national and international accolades, nominations and awards, including Zagat’s San Francisco Bay Area’s Most Popular Restaurant, the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in California 2001 and Outstanding Restaurant in the United States 2012, as well as the Filiale des Etats-Unis in France.  In 2010, Chef Oakes opened Prospect Restaurant in San Francisco’s flourishing South of Market/Embarcadero neighborhood, it is a warm and modern urban environment, with high service standards and exceptional cuisine. 

Throughout her career, Oakes has been devoted to her community and cooking for charitable organizations. “I met Chef Oakes through some of her charitable work, her commitment to philanthropy has been an inspiration for me,” states Stryjewski. “She is a perfect fit for our event and I look forward to working with her in our kitchen.”

The Link Stryjewski Foundation hosts charity events throughout the year as a means to secure funding resources for its mission to help nourish, educate and empower the youth of New Orleans. In 2017, the Foundation provided support to Kingsley House, Youth Empowerment Project, Roots of Music, and Son of a Saint.

 

Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski created the Link Stryjewski Foundation to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation will provide support to organizations that directly work to end this cycle. The mission of the Link Stryjewski Foundation is to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans, allowing them to realize their potential and become active positive members of our community. For more information about the Link Stryjewski Foundation, visit www.linkstryjewski.org.

WORLD-RENOWNED CHEFS TO PARTICIPATE IN 3rd ANNUAL BAL MASQUÉ

Link Stryjewski Foundation raises money to underwrite programming to nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is pleased to announce its list of chefs participating in the 2018 charity Bal Masqué. Set for Saturday, January 20th, 2018, at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans, the Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will follow a special Chefs’ Dinner on Friday, January 19th at Calcasieu hosted by Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, co-founders of the Link Stryjewski Foundation. The following additional world-renowned chefs have accepted the invitation to participate on Saturday alongside Chefs Link and Stryjewski: Nina Compton (Compère Lapin, New Orleans), John Currence (City Grocery, Oxford), Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles), Paul Kahan (Publican, Chicago), Mike Lata (FIG, Charleston), Nancy Oakes (Boulevard, San Francisco), Richard Reddington (Redd, Yountville), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill), Maggie Scales (Link Restaurant Group, New Orleans), and Frank Stitt (Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham). “It is my honor that these friends and acclaimed chefs are returning to once again donate their time, talent and food to our event,” states Link. “All proceeds from the event will be used to fund programs for New Orleans children from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Guests at the 3rd annual Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will experience an evening of extraordinary food with each chef presenting a unique dish, while Mixologist Neal Bodenheimer from Cure Co. will present Caribbean-inspired and classic New Orleans cocktails. There will also be an amazing lineup of nationally recognized musicians and an online silent auction throughout the evening. “The success of this event is largely because of our guest chefs, sponsors and contributors, and our attendees,” states Stryjewski. “We are humbled by their continued support, and we look forward to giving each guest another amazing night of culinary excellence and musical talent.”

The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation provides support to organizations that directly work to end the cycles of violence and poverty that affect the lives of New Orleans children.

Bal Masqué 2018 ticket options include general admission $300, VIP reserved seating $500, a single ticket weekend package that includes a seat at the Chefs’ Dinner on Friday, January 19th and a VIP seat at the Bal Masqué $1,000, and VIP tables of ten are also available. Tickets to the Chefs’ Dinner are available exclusively as part of a Bal Masqué weekend package. To purchase tickets, or find out more information about the Bal Masqué and the Link Stryjewski Foundation, please visit https://www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org/.

Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski created the Link Stryjewski Foundation to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation will provide support to organizations that directly work to end this cycle. The mission of the Link Stryjewski Foundation is to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans, allowing them to realize their potential and become active positive members of our community. For more information about the Link Stryjewski Foundation, visit www.linkstryjewski.org.

MUSICAL TALENT ANNOUNCED FOR LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION BAL MASQUÉ

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers Headline 2nd Annual Fundraiser

New Orleans, Louisiana – The Link Stryjewski Foundation is proud to announce the musical lineup for the Second Annual Bal Masqué, set for January 7, 2017 at the historic Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. Dr. John & the Nite Trippers will headline the evening, following performances by Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Cha Wa, and the Roots of Music. The gala fundraiser is a celebration of New Orleans’ Creole carnival roots, capturing the spirit of a classic Bal Masqué with music, dance and food. The evening will feature culinary creations from world-renowned chefs John Currence (City Grocery, Oxford, MS), Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles), Paul Kahan (Publican, Chicago), Mike Lata (FIG, Charleston), Nancy Oakes (Prospect, San Francisco), Richard Reddington (Redd, Yountville, CA), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill), and Maggie Scales (La Boulangerie, New Orleans). The Bal Masqué will follow an intimate event preview dinner on Friday, January 6, 2017, at Calcasieu. Tickets available now at balmasque.linkstryjewski.org or by calling 504-588-2189 Ext. 5.

“Dr. John is an international legend and New Orleans icon who represents the musical soul of our city,” states Chef Donald Link. “We are honored that he will join us in support of our mission to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans this year.” Dr. John, whose career spans six-decades, recently released a new album, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music. The album includes performances by Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Widespread Panic and Dr. John & The Nite Trippers' Music Director Sarah Morrow. It also includes performances by several New Orleans legends, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, John Boutté, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters, and Aaron, Charles and Cyril Neville.

The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation provides support to organizations that directly work to end the cycle of violence and poverty that affect the lives of children. 

More information about the Bal Masqué and the Link Stryjewski Foundation can be found at www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org

 

Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski created the Link Stryjewski Foundation to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation will provide support to organizations that directly work to end this cycle. The mission of the Link Stryjewski Foundation is to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans, allowing them to realize their potential and become active positive members of our community. For more information about the Link Stryjewski Foundation, visit www.linkstryjewski.org.

WORLD-RENOWNED CHEFS TO PARTICIPATE IN 2ND ANNUAL BAL MASQUÉ

Link Stryjewski Foundation raises funds for New Orleans early childhood education and youth job training

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is pleased to announce the chefs participating in its 2017 charity Bal Masqué. Set for Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, the Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will follow a special preview dinner on Friday, January 6th at Calcasieu. The following additional world-renowned chefs have accepted the invitation to participate in the Saturday evening Creole carnival celebration alongside Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, founders of the Link Stryjewski Foundation: John Currence (City Grocery, Oxford, MS), Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles), Paul Kahan (Publican, Chicago), Mike Lata (FIG, Charleston), Nancy Oakes (Prospect, San Francisco), Richard Reddington (Redd, Yountville, CA), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill), and Maggie Scales (La Boulangerie, New Orleans). “We are honored to have these acclaimed chefs donate their time, talent and food to our event,” states Link. “All proceeds from the event will be used to fund programs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.” The organizations set to receive funds from the 2017 event include Kingsley House and the Youth Empowerment Project.


The 2nd annual Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué guests will experience an evening of fine dining with each chef presenting a dish, a stellar lineup of nationally recognized musicians, and an auction featuring one-of-a-kind travel, outdoor and music experiences. “This highly anticipated event could not take place without the dedication of our guest chefs, our sponsors and contributors, and our attendees,” states Stryjewski. “We were certainly humbled by the amazing support we received at our first annual event, and we look forward to giving each guest another amazing night of culinary excellence and musical talent.”


The 2016 Bal Masqué raised over $150,000 for the Link Stryjewski Foundation’s mission to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty in New Orleans by investing in quality education and job training opportunities available to the City’s young people. The Link Stryjewski Foundation is able to do this important work through partnerships with organizations like Kingsley House and the Youth Empowerment Project. The Foundation continues to raise funds for its mission throughout the year. In the spring of 2016, the Foundation provided assistance with summer camp fundraising drives for disadvantaged New Orleans children. The Foundation has also partnered with Grow Dat Youth Farm to host to farm dinners that support the non-profit’s youth leadership development program. 
More information about the Bal Masqué and the Link Stryjewski Foundation can be found at www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org


Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski created the Link Stryjewski Foundation to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation will provide support to organizations that directly work to end this cycle. The mission of the Link Stryjewski Foundation is to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans, allowing them to realize their potential and become active positive members of our community. For more information about the Link Stryjewski Foundation, visit www.linkstryjewski.org.


LINK STRJEWSKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES HIRING OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – The Link Stryjewski Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in our city, has announced the recent hiring of Emery Van Hook Sonnier as the Executive Director. Sonnier’s resume includes 18 years of operations, programming, advocacy, and communications and marketing experience in both the private and non-profit sectors.

“We are pleased to announce this appointment,” states Link. “Emery grew up in New Orleans and possesses a deep sense of commitment to our community. Her strong leadership record and breadth of perspective and experience will help us grow our funding and increase awareness of our mission.”

Sonnier most recently served as Associate Director of Market Umbrella, and has over eight years of non-profit experience with the 501(c)3 organization that operates four Crescent City Farmers Market locations. She began her career at Dickie Brennan & Co., working her way up to Co-Director of Marketing. Sonnier then worked for Food & Wine magazine as an Assistant Research Editor while earning her Masters in Food Studies from New York University. She returned to New Orleans in 2008 and joined Market Umbrella as Director of Markets. Sonnier holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Sonnier’s strong ties to the community include serving on the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, the Fit NOLA Steering Committee, the Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour Committee, and the Advisory Council for Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.

More information about the Bal Masqué and the Link Stryjewski Foundation can be found at www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org

 

Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski created the Link Stryjewski Foundation to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation will provide support to organizations that directly work to end this cycle. The mission of the Link Stryjewski Foundation is to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans, allowing them to realize their potential and become active positive members of our community. For more information about the Link Stryjewski Foundation and its beneficiaries, visit www.linkstryjewski.org.

LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL EVENT DATES

Inaugural Bal Masqué raised $150,000 for charity

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – The Link Stryjewski Foundation is pleased to announce its dates for the 2017 charity Bal Masqué. Set for Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, the Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will follow a special preview dinner on Friday, January 6th at Calcasieu hosted by returning celebrity chef Mario Batali. “We are particularly excited about the plans for the second annual Bal Masqué, especially the return of Chef Batali—his participation was tremendously important in our efforts the first year,” states Link. “The funds raised at this event are vital to ensuring the children of New Orleans attain every opportunity to flourish and succeed, which is our main goal.” The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. 

LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Link Stryjewski Foundation is happy to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Businessmen Gary Solomon and Scott Rodger are joining current board members Heather Lolley, Humberto Suazo, Bill Hammack and Julia Reed, who have served since the foundation’s inception in 2015. The non-profit organization was created by Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in our city.

HELP US SEND KIDS TO CAMP THIS SUMMER

The Link Stryjewski Foundation to match donations for underprivileged children

New Orleans, Louisiana – The Link Stryjewski Foundation is spearheading a fundraising initiative to “Send a Kid to Camp this Summer.” Co-Founders of the Link Stryjewski Foundation, Chef Donald Link and Chef Stephen Stryjewski, will match funds raised during this drive, to cover the cost of summer camp for up to 50 children for one week at Kingsley House or the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). The hard costs for each camp is approximately $300 per child per week. “The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to provide support to organizations that directly work to end the cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of education for the young people of New Orleans,” states Link. “Kingsley House and the YEP are community leaders in that fight, so we want to do our part to support them and their missions.” To make a donation to the “Send a Kid to Camp this Summer” initiative, visit www.linkstryjewski.org/summercamp. Donations are tax deductible.

LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION RAISES $150,000 FOR LOCAL YOUTH

KINGSLEY HOUSE AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT TO RECEIVE FUNDS

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – The Link Stryjewski Foundation is proud to announce it raised $150,000 to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans at its inaugural Bal Masqué on January 9th, 2016. The Link Stryjewski Foundation chose Kingsley House and the Youth Empowerment Project as its first beneficiaries, and they will each receive $75,000 at a check presentation on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Cochon Restaurant. The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans.