On Fat Tuesday, a grand tradition in New Orleans, the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena saluted Mardi Gras with a lunch to benefit Katrina survivors.
What this is all about is trying to help people out and keep awareness going," said Chef Instructor Larry Bressler, who spearheaded the effort three years ago.
Bressler has lived and worked in New Orleans and feels a responsibility to keep support coming, he said.
"It's very important and very close to my heart," he said. "I really understand what these people went through."
Proceeds from the event will go to the International Association of Culinary Professionals, who will distribute it to the Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans.
"Since Katrina, we've had several opportunities to work with national restaurant organizations in an opportunity to give back," said Executive Chef Angela T. Goodman.