The Bal Masque at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans on Saturday, January 9, 2016. PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER

The Link Stryjewski Foundation is pleased to announce its list of chefs participating in the 2018 charity Bal Masqué. Set for Saturday, January 20th, 2018, at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans, the Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will follow a special Chefs’ Dinner on Friday, January 19th at Calcasieu hosted by Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, co-founders of the Link Stryjewski Foundation, joined by returning celebrity Chef Mario Batali (Babbo, New York City).

The following additional world-renowned chefs have accepted the invitation to participate on Saturday alongside Chefs Link and Stryjewski:

Nina Compton (Compère Lapin, New Orleans)
John Currence (City Grocery, Oxford)
Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles)
Paul Kahan (Publican, Chicago)
Mike Lata (FIG, Charleston)
Nancy Oakes (Boulevard, San Francisco)
Richard Reddington (Redd, Yountville)
Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill)
Maggie Scales (Link Restaurant Group, New Orleans)
Frank Stitt (Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham)

“It is my honor that these friends and acclaimed chefs are returning to once again donate their time, talent and food to our event,” states Link. “All proceeds from the event will be used to fund programs for New Orleans children from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Guests at the 3rd annual Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will experience an evening of extraordinary food with each chef presenting a unique dish, while Mixologist Neal Bodenheimer from Cure Co. will present Caribbean-inspired and classic New Orleans cocktails. There will also be an amazing lineup of nationally recognized musicians and an online silent auction throughout the evening. “The success of this event is largely because of our guest chefs, sponsors, contributors, and our attendees,” states Stryjewski. “We are humbled by their continued support, and we look forward to giving each guest another amazing night of culinary excellence and musical talent.”

The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation provides support to organizations that directly work to end the cycles of violence and poverty that affect the lives of New Orleans children.

Bal Masqué 2018 ticket options include general admission $300, VIP reserved seating $500, a single ticket weekend package that includes a seat at the Chefs’ Dinner on Friday, January 19th and VIP seats at the Bal Masqué $1,000, and VIP tables of ten are also available. Tickets to the Chefs’ Dinner are available exclusively as part of a Bal Masqué weekend package.

To purchase tickets, or find out more information about the Bal Masqué and the Link Stryjewski Foundation, please visit https://www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org/.


Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski created the Link Stryjewski Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The Link Stryjewski Foundation provides support to organizations that directly work to end this cycle. The mission of the Link Stryjewski Foundation is to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans, allowing them to realize their potential and become active positive members of our community. For more information about the Link Stryjewski Foundation, visit www.linkstryjewski.org.

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