Emeril Lagasse invites the country’s premier chefs, top vintners, craft beer brewers, and bourbon masters to New Orleans for his annual fundraising weekend to support Emeril Lagasse Foundation. The much anticipated food, wine, beer, and spirits events return with the 9th Annual Carnivale du Vin, Emeril’s annual wine auction and black tie gala dinner which has been named one of the “Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” by Wine Spectator magazine.
The weekend kicks off with Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, formerly Boudin & Beer, which has become one of New Orleans’ top culinary indoor/outdoor festivals. Over 3,000 guests will enjoy an array of boudin and artisan sausages created by prominent chefs from across the nation. The beer and bourbon will also be flowing thanks to major sponsors Abita Beer and Buffalo Trace Bourbon.
Funds raised go to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports children’s educational programs, life skills development initiatives, culinary training, and cultural enrichment in New Orleans and the Gulf south.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
Sponsored by Abita Beer and Buffalo Trace
Friday, November 8, 2013 @ The Foundry, 333 St. Joseph Street, New Orleans, LA
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
August Pre-Sale: $75; Regular Price: $99
Purchase online at www.boudinbourbonandbeer.com
9th Annual Carnivale du Vin
Saturday, November 9, 2013 @ Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, Empire Ballroom,
New Orleans, LA
6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Individual: $1,000; Sponsored tables available
Purchase tickets online at www.carnivaleduvin.com
Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer is co-chaired by Mario Batali and Donald Link and features 40 of the country’s all-star chefs including Mike Lata of Fig in Charleston, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast in Portland, and John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford. Featured winemaker is Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat Wines, and additional wines will be poured by Justin Vineyards and Landmark Vineyards, along with FIJI Water.Cajun and country musical acts will perform, including Lost Bayou Ramblers.
Carnivale du Vin features fine wines by Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards, paired with nationally recognized chefs John Besh, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, and Aarón Sánchez serving Louisiana Seafood. The national chefs will mentor students from non-profit culinary and hospitality programs supported by the foundation, and the students will serve gala guests. Emeril Lagasse and chefs de cuisine from his 13 restaurants will prepare a four course menu paired with Cakebread Cellars, Champagne Louis Roederer, Pride Mountain, and Williams Selyem wines. Music by Sammy Hagar & the Wabos and Locos Por Juana.
About Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Established in 2002 as the realization of Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden Lagasse’s dream to improve the quality of young people's lives, Emeril Lagasse Foundation supports children’s education and non-profit organizations with culinary, nutrition, garden, arts and life skills programs. Since 2003, Projects funded by the Foundation include an outdoor classroom, gardens, fresh foods cafeteria and teaching kitchen at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, an accessible learning kitchen for special needs students at St. Michael Special School, a four-year culinary arts program for high school students at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Center at Café Reconcile, and hospitality training at Liberty’s Kitchen for at-risk youth preparing healthy school meals. Each fall, the foundation hosts its signature annual fundraiser, Carnivale du Vin, which ranks among the “Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” in Wine Spectator magazine. The Foundation introduced charity indoor/outdoor food and music fest, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer in 2011. In 2013, Emeril Lagasse was honored as James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year.