Cookin’ behind the Scenes

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Cookin’ in Central had its final planning meeting on Tuesday, April 6th at Elegant Memories on Frenchtown Road. About 40 people were in attendance, including the Mayor, Central school principals, council members, and other Central volunteers. After expenses that have been counted up to this point, Cookin’ has already raised a net $36,705.75 so far for Central schools, Blue Star Mothers, and the Property Fund for a location for future Cookin’ events.

Volunteers have been working hard for the past several weeks to put together the events and food for this huge fundraiser. The car show has at least 8 entries so far (if you would like to enter your car in the show, print an entry form online at Live and silent auctions both still need donated items to auction. The live auction already features 16 items including a grill, a fishing trip, a Saints collectors’ item, and a painting. A total of 20 items are needed, so they are still a bit short of the goal. They are especially interested in Saints or LSU sports tickets at this point. The silent auction is featuring gift baskets and packages from the schools, local companies, and individual donors. If you would like to donate something to the silent or live auction, you can download a donation form on the Central government website.

Between 50 and 60 cooks have stepped up so far, and Cookin’ is still searching for a few more, preferably to cook jambalaya. There is a cooks form on A final cooks meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13th at 7 PM in the Central Middle School cafeteria.

There are several other opportunities for volunteers at this event including helping to serve food, directing traffic, working in booths, and cleaning up. You can find more details in the Community section of Remember to purchase your tickets and come out to help and have fun on Friday, April 16th at 5 PM and on Saturday, April 17th beginning at 10 AM.


  1. Kyle

    April 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I checked on one thing and would like to point out that where it states in the article that 40 people attended including council members….only four out of the five council members were there, which is normally the case according to people who attend. The only council members present were Joan Lansing, Aaron Moak, Lucky Ross, and Louis DeJohn. Those are also the only four council members whose names appear under any committees and volunteer work for Cooking in Central. So it seems that one council member is noticeably not participating and volunteering in this good cause for our community and schools. Shameful!

  2. Mike Mannino

    April 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I wish you would let the election go. Most people are ready to move on to progress things. All the people you mention have done a fantastic job with this effort. I am in awe of their efforts over the years. But what is your point in singling out the other ? He has contributed in his own way to the community as have many others that dont participate in Cookin. We dont need to keep score as people have no idea what our citizens may be volunterring for, maybe in their Church, in Baton Rouge, or whatever they feel they can make the biggest impact doing. Just because its not visble to you, doesnt make them a bad person or doesnt mean they are not contributing somehow. One of the things I keep hearing is how we need to heal after this election. The best way to do that is to reinforce the positive and stop creating things that divide. That doesnt mean we should not address learnings from the election but lets not look for things to condemn good people for.

  3. Kyle

    April 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I agree. I’m through, and you’re right. Time to move on. Guess I just wanted to vent one last time.

  4. Donna

    April 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Kyle, If you are sincere (I’m not saying you’re not) Dave will graciously remove the negative post. That would keep fueling the fire down. If you leave it up someone else will be tempted to add to it.

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