Twin Cities' top chefs to raise money for injured peer with 'all you can eat' potluck


This is one potluck you won't want to miss.

The cream of the crop of Twin Cities chefs are joining forces for a special fundraiser at Travail Kitchen & Amusements later this month, each bringing "one or two" potluck dishes with them.

The reason? To raise money to help one of their own: Coup d'etat chef Tommy Begnaud, who was seriously injured in a car crash in March when he was hit by a suspected drunk-driver, according to his GoFundMe page.

The benefit is $100-a-head, but it is all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink, according to the event listing, enabling guests to sample some of the finest food and drink Twin Cities chefs and bartenders have to offer.

The Star Tribune notes the list of chefs in attendance "reads like a Who's Who of the Twin Cities dining landscape."

Hosted by Mike Brown, Bob Gerken and James Winberg of the highly-reputed Travail Kitchen and Pig Ate My Pizza, other chefs include Erick Harcey of Victory 44, Adam Gorski from La Belle Vie, Brian Werner from Heyday, and staff from Surly and Bauhaus.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. Tickets can be booked here.

Chef's long road to recovery

According to the GoFundMe page, Tommy Begnaud was driving home from work at Coup d'etat in Uptown on March 25 when he was hit by a suspected drunken driver, who was uninsured and unlicensed.

Begnaud suffered horrific injuries, breaking his hip in six different places, fracturing four ribs and two lower vertebrae.

There was no spinal cord or brain damage, fortunately, but his recovery will be long and arduous. He was released from the hospital just over three weeks ago and is currently in a wheelchair, with a walker and eventually a cane required before he's back on his feet.

The GoFundMe appeal has reached the $15,000 target to help pay for some of his medical costs, home modifications and legal costs.

However, the costs will continue to mount as he will be out of work for a significant period of time, which is why the chefs have joined together for the benefit.

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