Signature Chefs


Johnson, Susie
[email protected] | (225) 249-5079
[email protected] Johnson, Susie

Thank you for supporting
Signature Chefs Auction, Baton Rouge

DATE: Friday, November 1, 2019  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Baton Rouge
ADDRESS: 4914 Constitution Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

For more information, please contact Susie Johnson at (225) 249-5079.


Still want to help us?

All March of Dimes Signature Chefs events will be held virtually this year. While we may not be together in person, we rely on your continued support to provide innovative programs and services for moms, moms-to-be and babies who may be at a greater risk of becoming sick and not receiving proper or equitable care.

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The chefs, volunteers and guests who make up our Signature Chefs Events community are coming together in new, innovative ways to suport moms and babies this year.

We are following state mandated guidelines in response to COVID-19 and will not have an in-person event this year. So, we are preparing an exciting, new Virtual Gala for your 2020 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction experience!

We need your help now more than ever. Your support funds:

  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!

Support the mission

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Become a sponsor

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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The 2019 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is sure to provide excitement and elegance. Guests will have the opportunity to see some  Louisiana’s finest chefs in action, sample exquisite cuisine and bid on exclusive auction items. Signature Chefs Auction’s combination of fabulous food, great wines, good company, priceless auction packages and a great cause creates not only an evening to remember for our patrons, but an evening that makes a difference in the lives of our Little Louisianans. Whether you are a true food enthusiast or just want to bid on the unique auction items, you will be in good company helping to support the March of Dimes as we work together for stronger, healthier babies.

Meet 3-year-old Riley Davis

Three year old Riely Mae Davis of Lafayette, born 4 months early at only 1 lb. 10 oz, will be honored as our 2019 Fall Ambassador.
At only 23 weeks gestation, Riley’s Mom Katie Davis was in full labor. The medical team warned her that my daughter, that she could still feel kicking, may be too small to intubate and given a 10% chance of survival. But she defeated her odd.
Riles Mae spent 143 days in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) journey at Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette. Riley had multiple intestinal surgeries, and a major heart surgery at less than 3 lbs.  On her original due date, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Finally, on February 24, 2017, Riley passed her car seat test and graduated from the NICU.
This sweet girl, with no neurological deficits, makes the most of her physical limitations and surprises her family everyday. She can sit for short periods without support and is expanding her vocabulary to express her needs.
“As a NICU Grad myself, 32 years ago, babies like Riley were unheard of,” says Katie Davis, Riley’s mom.  “Riley’s APGAR Score helped her team develop the best course of treatment. Surfactant Therapy gave her underdeveloped lungs the ability to breathe. Medical breakthroughs like these gave our beautiful daughter and other 23 weekers a chance to survive their earlier births.” 


Through partnerships with companies, organizations, and individuals the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors, and leadership teams. Sponsorships opportunities are available at a variety of levels, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event.

For more information, please contact Susie Johnson.


Fund the Mission is the most important and impactful portion of the evening as we invite you to join the fight for all moms and babies.

Your donation helps us tackle the issues that threaten the health of every mom and every baby.

Together we can advocate for policies that prioritize the health of moms and babies. 

Together we can support radical improvements to the care they receive. Together we can pioneer research at our March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers to find solutions to the biggest health threats to families, to support moms and to save babies’ lives.

Join us to build a brighter future by uniting communities—yours and every community across the country.

Join us to provide the tools, technology, and knowledge needed to build a brighter future for us all. 

You can make an online donation or pledge today to be recognized as a champion at Signature Chefs.


Meet our Lead Chef: Chris Motto, Mansurs

Growing up in south Louisiana, Chris Motto was surrounded by some of the country's best food at an early age. Not a weekend would go by without a bbq, crawfish boil, fish fry, or Sunday dinners at Grandma’s. It was then he began to realize the power of good food to bring people together and celebrate life. Not knowing at the time that helping around the kitchen would lead to his future passion and career.
After graduating high school, Motto moved to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University where he would obtain a degree in political science. While in college he worked in several restaurants to finance his continuing education but didn’t stop there. Constantly pushing himself to learn more about food from all of his co-workers and travels, as well as chefs. Hard work does pay off and led him to his current position of Executive Chef of Mansur’s on The Boulevard, a Baton Rouge staple, and premiere upscale restaurant, where he has worked for the last 10 years. 
He continues to enjoy countless hours in the kitchen, using the freshest local ingredients and seafood. He is most proud of his ability to give back to the community and mentor younger chefs, thus furthering his passion for great food and relaying everything he was fortunate enough to learn to others; Not only trying to push them to create great food, but trying to help the city as a whole become a culinary destination. A happy chef makes a good sauce and it is evident that he truly enjoys his career path with success in local cooking competitions, including Slow Food Fall Heat, Baton Rouge Oyster Fest, Gulf Coast Taste Challenge, and multiple Fete Rouge medals.
Chef Motto was recently able to showcase his skill set while competing on Season 18 of Fox’s globally viewed Hell’s Kitchen. Working under Chef Gordon Ramsay is amongst the top of his achievements. Remaining true to himself, Chef Motto passed on a potential opportunity to relocate to Las Vegas. Choosing to continue what he started in Baton Rouge and share the wealth of knowledge he obtained while working and filming in California. Chef Motto was honored as part of the Forty Under 40 by Baton Rouge Business Report in 2018 and will continue to push himself as well as the great cooks whom he surrounds himself with great events such as the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off and as lead chef for the upcoming March of Dimes signature chefs auction.


Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.

Chef Chris Motto
Mansurs on the Boulevard


Chef Chad Galiano
The Gregory

Chef Colt Patin
Louisiana Culinary

Chef Gaston Ducir
Embassy Suites by Hilton

Chef Jason Lowell
Sullivans Steakhouse

Chef Joshua Hebert
Roux 61

Chef Danny Winfrey

Chef Danny Santana
Bin 77

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