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COMMUNITY: Southern University Cooking Classic Honors Ernest Palmisano, Jr - June 21st
Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 2:56pm

BOSSIER CITY, LA From The Times  (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) COMMUNITY NEWS: 5pm  6-19-08  Longtime Shreveport restranteur, Ernest Palmisano, Jr. will be honored at this year's 9th Annual Southern University Shreveport Foundation Gentleman's Cooking Classic, to be held at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, this Saturday, June 21st. 

Known for his world-famous marinated crab claws, Palmisano is the owner of Ernest's Orleans Restaurant in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is receiving a special tribute from the Gentleman's Cooking Classic, while U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery and Harrah's official Geno Iafrate senior veep/general manager of Horseshoe Casino & Hotel and Harrah's Louisiana Downs, are the evening's "Honorable Southern Gentlemen."   

It's expected that some 60 local celebrity chefs will be competing in this year's Cooking Classic, all competing for the Top Chef Honors in various categories. 

According to Maggie Martin of The Times, SWEPCO official John Hubbard serves as chairman for the see-and-be-seen event and Jean Ware, member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors, is co-chair.

"We are sending out the call for distinguished politicians, community and business leaders to trade in their suits and briefcases for aprons and spatulas and cook for the event," said foundation prez Winzer Andrews and foundation executive director Frank Williams.

Among those planning the event: Jane M. Birdsong, Caddo School Board member Dottie Bell, Levada W. Palms, Carolyn Coatney and Barbara Austin. 

The public is invited to attend, and sample the dishes created and cooked by the chefs this Saturday night, 6p-9pm in the Red River room at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, in Bossier City. 

Admission is $25 for Adults, $10 for Children 6-13. 

Proceeds from the Cooking Classic go to scholarships for students at Southern University Shreveport, as well as Campus Enhancement.

For more information, call: 318-678-4681.


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