Esteemed Chefs Coming to Fayetteville for Inaugural Guest Chef Series

New Orleans Chef Tory McPhail and Pensacola Chef Mike Johnson Partner to Offer World Class Dining Experience for a Good Cause

Two highly esteemed chefs will work together to serve four incredible meals in Northwest Arkansas over two days.

Commander’s Palace Executive Chef Tory McPhail and Chef Mike Johnson, Owner of Cloud9Chocolates in Pensacola and former Executive Pastry Chef of Commander’s Palace, will travel to Northwest Arkansas to host four distinctive dining experiences for local residents on Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, 2011.

McPhail and Johnson will begin by serving lunch at the UARK Bowl in Fayetteville on Friday, October 7, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The chefs will visit to Bentonville on Friday, October 8, for dinner at South Walton Suites. The evening will begin with a reception at 7:00pm, and dinner will follow at 7:30pm.

The duo will offer lunch at the Laughlin House in Bentonville on Saturday, October 8, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Saturday evening, McPhail and Johnson will host an evening event at Cafe Rue Orleans in Fayetteville with a reception at 7:00pm and dinner at 7:30pm.

The chefs’ trip in October will serve as the kickoff for a series of similar programs that will take place in Spring and Fall 2012. These programs seek to bring top-tier chefs to the area, offering Arkansans a taste of specialty dishes from around the country with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations. Proceeds from all events will benefit the Northwest Arkansas Chefs Association, who will use the funds to create a scholarship for aspiring chefs in Northwest Arkansas, and a portion of the proceeds from Friday’s lunch at the UARK Bowl will benefit the Arkansas Alumni Association and the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences.

“I couldn’t be more honored to showcase Louisiana’s cuisine here in Northwest Arkansas,” McPhail said, “There are so many aspects of the culinary community here that speak to my values as a chef. From organic produce to local grass-fed beef, the freshness of each ingredient is amazing. I am excited to share some New Orleans’ flavors with Razorback fans and to help raise money to support the growing culinary community in Northwest Arkansas.”

Tickets for the Fayetteville events, which include the Friday lunch and Saturday dinner, are available locally at Café Rue Orleans and online at www.arconventionsandevents.com. Tickets for the Bentonville food experiences, including Friday’s dinner and Saturday’s lunch, are available at South Walton Suites and Macadoodles, as well as online at www.arconventionsandevents.com. Seating is very limited, and ticket packages, including signed cookbooks, are also available. Tickets to the lunch events cost $60 per person, $80 with an autographed cookbook, and $125 for a package including both lunches and an autographed cookbook. The dinner events cost $100 per person, $125 with an autographed cookbook, and $210 for a package that includes both dinners and an autographed cookbook.

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