What: Southern Salt Foundation Salty Supper No. 2.
The scoop: For the second of their celebrity chef-studded fundraising dinners, Jennifer and Bryan Caswell tapped Richard Knight (Hunky Dory), Steven Satterfield (Miller Union in Atlanta), Michael Gulotta (MoPho and Maypop in New Orleans), and Philip Speer (the upcoming Bonhomie in Austin) for an epic five-course feast that celebrated the Gulf Coast. Satterfield led off with shrimp and kohlrabi. Knight followed with his snapper tartare, one of Hunky Dory's most popular dishes. Gulotta's crab gumbo with pork belly practically had the sold-out crowd licking their bowls.
Not to be outdone, Caswell delivered his version of a surf and turf: quail and snapper (take that filet and lobster tail). Speer, who earned acclaim as a pastry chef during his long tenure at Uchi, finished the meal with cake and ice cream. Sips from event sponsors Pura Vida and Miner Family Wines kept the crowd in good spirits, putting them in the mood to bid on a few auction items that included signed sports memorabilia, a fishing trip on the Caswells' boat, and posters signed by all five participating chefs.
Local artist Anat Ronen created a painting of pelicans during the event. The always-engaging Michael Pearce coaxed a $1,500 bid out of one attendee to take the artwork home. The money raised will benefit efforts to restore the Mississippi Delta, as voted on by attendees. After two stellar events, we can't wait for Salty Supper No. 3.
Who: Seen in the crowd were Kara and Lance McCullers, Shelley Taylor Ludwick, Matt Burrus, David Dye, Rebecca Masson, Jason Carlen, Kelly Campbell, and Abbey Ferguson.