A volcanic eruption on the north coast of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent has been taking place since Friday, April 9. The volcano, named La Soufrière, has left the island completely covered in toxic ash, leaving it without power and causing water supplies to be cut off. This has forced the evacuation of about 1/5 of the island's population; 16,000 people had to leave their homes. The volcano continues to erupt and the island is under a volcanic ash advisory, warning the residents of an ash plume that has risen up to an estimated altitude of 28,000 ft., according to VolcanoDiscovery.
With water supplies running low and La Soufrière still erupting, a benefit dinner has been announced to support those affected by the incident. The benefit dinner, hosted by NOLA Caribbean Experience, will take place at Paradigm Gardens at 1131 S. Rampart St. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21. The dinner will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the St. Vincent recovery effort, with general admission tickets starting at $40. There are also VIP tickets for sale for groups of 6 or more with up to four bottles of champagne included. Tickets will include a smorgasbord of Caribbean food (drinks not included) prepared by New Orleans finest Caribbean chefs. Paradigm Garden t-shirts and baseball caps will also be sold.
The event's featured all-star chefs will include: Chef Ashley Jonique, who is a private chef from New Orleans and has cooked for stars like Kendrick Lamar and Missy Elliot; Compère Lapin's Chef Nina Compton, who is originally from Saint Lucia island; Chef Lisa Nelson, better known as Queen Trini Lisa, who's from Trinidad and Tobago; and Johnny's Jamaican Grill's Chef Jamaican Johnny. These renowned chefs are known for bringing Caribbean flavors to the New Orleans culinary scene. The dinner will also feature Caribbean beats by DJ T-Roy, who has been involved with music since the late 90s.
To purchase tickets for the benefit dinner, please visit eventbrite.com.