Herman Cain is set to receive the top chef treatment in New Orleans, where the Georgian is in town to appear at the Republican Leadership Conference along with other GOP presidential candidates.
Cain, the former CEO of the Godfather’s Pizza restaurant chain, is scheduled to hold a morning fundraiser at Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café. And, the event is being hosted by Brennan, among New Orleans’ most well-known and successful chefs and restaurateurs, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Roll Call.
The fundraiser was described by a source as a relatively small, intimate gathering geared toward individuals that might help Cain raise more money in Louisiana. The Cain campaign is asking for donations of $2,500, the legal limit for individuals, also referred to as a “Cain’s Club”-level contribution; $1,500, or “Visionary” level; or $1,000, or “Patriot” level. The “minimum suggested” donation is $500.
Cain is the former president of the National Restaurant Association and through that post in particular became well-connected with restaurateurs and restaurant executives. It is a community he plans to tap as part of his fundraising strategy.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.