Emeril Lagasse Foundation will host its 10th annual fundraiser on Nov. 7-8 with premier chefs from across the country and New Orleans, who will participate in the event’s outdoor festival Emeril Lagasse’s Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer and its wine auction and black-tie gala dinner Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Carnivale du Vin.
The weekend also brings together top names in wine, bourbon and craft brews. Funds raised at both events will benefit the Emeril Lagasse Foundation which supports children’s educational programs, life skills development initiatives, culinary training and cultural enrichment.
“Boudin, Bourbon & Beer was so successful last year we’re moving to a bigger space at Champions Square,” said Emeril Lagasse Foundation President Brian Kish. “We’ll have two entrances with easy ticket scanning for fast entry. We want to get our guests inside the gates as quickly as possible so they can enjoy all the great food, drinks and entertainment we have to offer.”
Kish also said Emeril Lagasse’s Foundation has plans to expand its support nationally.
“New Orleans will always be our home and we’re fully committed to this city,” he said, “but because Emeril impacts so many people nationwide, it’s important to him and his wife, Alden, to grow this organization and help as many children as possible.”
For the Boudin, Bourbon & Beer event, Lagasse and event co-Chairman Donald Link, plus 50 of the country’s best chefs, will prepare their version of boudin and other artisanal sausages.
The casual event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Champions Square (Poydras and LaSalle Street) in New Orleans. Cost is $99 per person for advance tickets and $125 on the day of event/walkup (limited quantity). Admission price includes all food, beverages and musical entertainment.
The following evening will be the 10th anniversary of Emeril Lagasse Foundatiown’s Carnivale du Vin from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at the Hyatt Regency Empire Ballroom, 601 Loyola Ave.
Guest chefs will include Jimmy Bannos Jr., Jimmy Bannos Sr., Michelle Bernstein, Roy Choi, and Jacques Torres. “Honorary Bacchus” winemakers from the past 10 years will return, including Au Bon Climat, Caymus, Gemstone Vineyard, Kosta Browne, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Schrader Cellars and Williams Selyem.
Lagasse will prepare a four-course wine pairings seated dinner, with selections served by vintners Patz & Hall, Merry Edwards, Post Parade and Broadbent, with a bubbly toast from Champagne Louis Roederer.
The auction is ranked as a “Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator and features rare and fine wines and once-in-a-lifetime culinary and travel experiences.
Cost is $1,000 per person. Purchase tickets at carnivaleduvin.com.