French Food Festival in Richmond aims to help caretakers for the elderly

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A group of local chefs are hosting a French food cook off for a good cause.

For more than 140 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have provided a sanctuary for the elderly.

“We serve them with respect, with dignity and make them happy,” Sister Rosemary Yao told 8News reporter Roxie Bustamante. “That’s really our goal and give them a good life.”

She said the nursing home needs to find the resources to keep their doors open. The sisters give round-the-clock care for 100 residents.

“Because we take in the people with low-income, therefore we have to raise about 60 percent of our operating costs monthly,” Sister Rosemary Yao said. “So this French Food Festival… will help us a lot.”

Among the many talented chefs volunteering for the event is Executive Chef of Murphy’s Table, Sean Murphy. He said he grew up going to Catholic schools and knows what it takes to care for the elderly, as he is the current caretaker for his dad.

“I actually had done some community service and donations for the Little Sisters of the Poor growing up,” Murphy said. “So it always had a special place in my heart and I really feel like it’s for a great cause.

“It’s just a really great opportunity to make some amazing food, not only interacting like I said with Master Chef Paul [Elbling] but to really help this community out. It raises a good portion of their operating budget and I feel blessed and honored that I can be a small part of helping it,” Murphy said.

Dedicating more than 100 hours and donating 100 percent of the profits, Murphy said together, they hope to feed 10,000 people at the French Food Festival.

We prep the food, we set it up, we sell it at the festival and all the proceeds go to the home,” he said. “I’m doing shrimp and grits, which is a signature dish. It’s very good and I finish that with a bourbon crème sauce and some fresh gulf shrimp over cheddar smoked Gouda grits and we do amazing gumbo.”

Sounds delicious. Check out the rest of the menu here.

The team is hoping to raise $200,000 to help the home break even.

“From the bottom of our hearts, the Little Sisters are very, very grateful,” Sister Yao said. “Especially to those who work so hard to make this event happen.”

Along with tasty food, there will be music, fun activities for kids and more. The event kicks off on Friday, April 29 at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michaels Road, Henrico, Va., 23229. Admission is free but a $2 donation is suggested for the cause.

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