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Nov 12

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Raises $2.25 Million During Its 10th Annual Fundraising Weekend in New Orleans

Organization Announces Distribution of over $1.5 million in Grant Awards to Children’s Charities

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF)  celebrated the 10th anniversary of its fundraising weekend on November 7 and 8 in New Orleans, raising over $2.25 million for children’s charities.  The weekend kicked off at Champions Square in downtown New Orleans as 4,000 people attended the Louisiana-inspired Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, which was co-chaired by Emeril Lagasse and Donald Link.  The following evening, the Foundation hosted the 10th annual Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Carnivale du Vin, its premier wine auction and gala dinner. Ty Pennington  served as master of ceremonies, with Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh providing musical entertainment. Funds raised at both events go to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation  which supports children’s educational programs, life skills development initiatives, culinary training, and cultural enrichment.

Coming off the heels of two successful fundraisers, on Monday, the Foundation announced a $1.5 million pledge to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and today announces another $50,000 in grants to children’s organizations in New Orleans including Covenant House, Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) and Kingsley House.

Earlier this year, ELF distributed a $250,000 grant to Orlando Junior Academy in Orlando, Florida to fund the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden, which will teach students how to source, grow, and prepare their food. The facility broke ground in October and will officially open in May 2015.

“We are thrilled with the success of this weekend, and are forever grateful to our generous donor community who allow us to make such a difference in so many children’s lives,” says Emeril Lagasse. “My wife Alden and I couldn’t do it without the support of our friends in the industry, all of our sponsors and participating chefs.”

Boudin, Bourbon & Beer expanded its footprint to Champions Square, and is quickly becoming one of New Orleans hottest outdoor events.  Fifty-five of the country’s best chefs cooked up their take on boudin, including Hugh Acheson, Justin Devillier, Ed Lee, Susan Spicer, Andrea Reusing, Frank Stitt, and Ashley Christensen, along with many more of New Orleans culinary stars. Guests enjoyed an array of libations, including craft brews from Abita Beer, bourbon cocktails from Buffalo Trace, and wine from Au Bon Climat, Justin Vineyards and Landmark Vineyards. Patrons kicked up their boots to the sounds of  headliner Grace Potter, Brooklyn-based The Lone Bellow, and Louisiana favorites Pine Leaf Boys and Sweet Crude.

The following evening, Emeril Lagasse Foundation celebrated a major milestone with the 10th anniversary of its annual nationally-recognized wine auction and gala dinner, Carnivale du Vin, held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Live auction lots included a trip to Cabo San Lucas with Emeril Lagasse and Sammy Hagar and a trip to the Russian River Valley with wine stars Dan Kosta, Bob Cabral and Jonathan Cain of Journey.  Visiting guest chefs Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Jimmy Bannos, Sr., Michelle Bernstein, Roy Choi, and Jacques Torres showcased their culinary talents.  Esteemed “Honorary Bacchus” winemakers from the last ten years returned to pour rare selections, including Au Bon Climat, Caymus, Gemstone Vineyard, Kosta Browne, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Schrader Cellars, and Williams Selyem.

“It’s important to Emeril, Alden, and members of the Foundation board to positively impact the lives of as many children as possible,” says new Foundation President Brian Kish. “We’ll continue to support our community in New Orleans, but we’re excited to expand our efforts nationally as well.”

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. Other 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, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Center at Café Reconcile, and hospitality training at Liberty’s Kitchen for at-risk youth preparing healthy school meals. In 2013, Emeril Lagasse was honored as James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year.

For more information on Emeril Lagasse Foundation, please visit www.emeril.org. Follow us at www.facebook.com/emerilorg and @emerilorg on Twitter and Instagram.

Aug 12

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Announces New President

Emeril and Alden Lagasse and the Board of Directors of Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF) announce Brian Kish as new President of the New Orleans-based organization.  As part of a nationwide search, Kish was chosen among a group of competitive and qualified candidates to lead the growth and advancement of the Foundation as it expands its support beyond New Orleans and the Gulf South.  Kish, former Senior Vice President of Development at the University of Arizona Foundation, will join the Emeril Lagasse Foundation staff on September 8.

“When we met Brian, we knew we had found our new leader. He brings a national perspective and a remarkable skill set to build upon the successes of the Foundation’s first 12 years,” said Chef Emeril Lagasse.  “Under his guidance we look forward to furthering our reach and improving more lives.”

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, ELF supports children’s education and non-profit organizations with culinary, nutrition, garden, arts and life skills programs. Since 2003, ELF has distributed $5.7 million in grants for children’s charities. 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 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.

The Foundation’s signature fundraising events, Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer and Carnivale du Vin, return to New Orleans November 7 – 8, 2014.

“To work with Emeril and a group of individuals who are so passionate about making a difference in children’s lives and in the community is thrilling. I can’t wait to be part of it,” said Kish.

Kish, an Ohio native, was a member of the executive management team of the University of Arizona Foundation and oversaw the offices of annual giving, communications, corporate and foundation relations, strategic prospect development and analytics, gift planning, special events, and donor relations.  As a development professional and consultant, he has worked with clients and institutions throughout the world including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States.

Kish will make the move to New Orleans in September and will be joined by his wife Nicole and young children Vivienne (6), Presley (4), and Keller (1).

Jul 30

Emeril Lagasse Foundation to Host 10th Annual Fundraising Weekend

ELF_Web-Banner_501x214Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s annual fundraising weekend returns to New Orleans on November 7 and 8, 2014.  Premier chefs from across the nation and New Orleans will descend upon downtown for a two-day culinary celebration, featuring the Louisiana-inspired outdoor festival Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer and wine auction and black tie gala dinner Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Carnivale du Vin. The weekend also brings together the top names in wine, bourbon and craft brews.  Funds raised at both events benefit 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 has quickly grown to become one of the region’s top food and music festivals. This year, the festival will move to a new, larger home at Champions Square. Guests can expect fast ticket scanning and multiple entrances with ticket processing through Ticketmaster. Event co-chairs Emeril Lagasse and Donald Link, along with 50 of the country’s best chefs, will prepare their version of the Louisiana delicacy boudin and other artisanal sausages. The chef lineup includes Hugh Acheson, John Besh, Ashley Christensen, Justin Devillier, Ed Lee, Andrea Reusing, Susan Spicer, Frank Stitt, and more. Abita will pour its flagship beers and specialty selections. Grace Potter will headline the roster of great music, and more bands will be announced soon. To raise additional funds, chefs will offer exclusive auction packages. Nat Sherman will provide a cigar tasting and more surprises will add to the fun.

The following evening brings the festivities indoors for an exquisite gala, the 10th anniversary of Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Carnivale du Vin, at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden Lagasse celebrate this major milestone for the organization by welcoming premier visiting chefs and winemakers.  Guest chefs include Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Jimmy Bannos, Sr., Michelle Bernstein, Roy Choi, and Jacques Torres.  “Honorary Bacchus” winemakers from the last ten years will return, including Au Bon Climat, Caymus, Gemstone, Kosta Browne, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Schrader Cellars, and Williams Selyem. Emeril Lagasse will prepare a signature four-course wine pairings seated dinner, with selections served by award-winning vintners Patz & Hall, Merry Edwards, Post Parade, and Broadbent, with a bubbly toast from Champagne Louis Roederer.  The auction ranks 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.  Michael Cavanaugh, who was hand-picked by Billy Joel to star in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out, will provide headline entertainment, and New Orleans musicians are featured throughout the evening.

Funds raised at both events go to the 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. ELF has distributed more than $5.7 million in grants for children’s charities. 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. In 2013, Emeril Lagasse was honored as the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year.

You can find more detailed information on the events at BoudinBourbonBeer.com and CarnivaleduVin.com.

Jun 02

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Grants Over $125,000 To New Orleans Community Projects

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Emeril Lagasse and the board of directors of Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF) are proud to announce the beneficiaries of its spring 2014 grant awards. Four New Orleans-based organizations were selected among very competitive and creative applicants. A total of $125,000 was distributed by the Foundation. The non-profit organizations receiving funding are providing young people with life skills development, culinary training and healthy meals.

“My wife Alden and I are thrilled to continue our support of these incredible, New Orleans -based organizations,” said Chef Emeril Lagasse.  “We’re very proud of what we have accomplished together over the last 11 years by supporting children’s programs like these. These most recent round of grants are a testament of our ongoing commitment to impacting kids’ lives in our community.”

Emeril Lagasse Foundation will continue its support of non-profit programs which provide education and services to children who need it most. This summer, Second Harvest Food Bank will utilize funds provided by ELF to provide 4,000 low-income children enrolled in summer camps with a free breakfast, lunch and snack each day at 65 sites in the area. Additionally through this grant, the food bank will expand the Kids Café program to bring nourishment when the school day ends.  Over the course of 36 weeks in the 2014-15 year, Kids Café will bring 200,000 hot dinner meals to after-school sites in over 25 individual neighborhoods and communities. This marks the fifth year that ELF has supported summer meals, for a total investment of $150,000 since 2010.

Furthering the Foundation’s work to create opportunity for at-risk young adults, ELF will grant funds to two New Orleans hospitality job training programs. Longtime beneficiary Café Reconcile, and the four-year old Café Hope, share similar missions to teach life skills and employability through both classroom time and internships in their working restaurants. The students receive job placement upon graduation along with case managers to continue advising throughout their first jobs.

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) has garnered the support of ELF once again to provide necessary uniforms and equipment for aspiring chefs in the high school culinary program who would otherwise not be able to purchase them for the 2014-15 year.  NOCCA is home to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Arts Studio, which opened in 2011.

 

May 05

Support Emeril Lagasse Foundation on GiveNOLA Day!

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On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Emeril Lagasse Foundation is participating in GiveNOLA Day.  GiveNOLA Day is the community’s first one-day, online giving event.

Anyone can make a tax deductible donation from midnight to midnight at GiveNOLA.org on May 6, and the minimum gift is just $10. A portion of every gift will be stretched thanks to the Greater New Orleans Foundation and GiveNOLA Day sponsors. Each donation will also be entered to win a cookbook, signed by Chef Emeril Lagasse!

We ask you to support Emeril Lagasse Foundation in its efforts to inspire, mentor and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive and creative individuals, and to make a lasting impact on their lives.

Please show your support on May 6th by donating online at GiveNOLA.org

 

 

Apr 22

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Sponsors Cafe Reconcile Spring Class of 2014

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 A grant from Emeril Lagasse Foundation will sponsor Café Reconcile’s current hospitality training class for 18 youth interns. The class takes six weeks to complete, and Emeril Lagasse and the foundation and restaurant staff will be participating in a variety of mentorship opportunities with the students throughout their training period. The foundation staff will participate in a visit and welcome the new class at Café Reconcile, and will also host a field trip visit for the students to tour the flagship Emeril’s New Orleans Restaurant. Foundation signage and features can be found throughout the Café during the training period.

Cafe Reconcile’s hospitality school provides at-risk teens and young adults with the skills they need to succeed in jobs in the hospitality industry. The practical on-the-job experience for interns over a 6 week period also helps them to develop essential life skills.

This six-week program for 18 students is currently in the hands-on training portion of the curriculum, and from there, students will move on to the internship stage. Graduation and job placement for the interns will take place during the week of June 9, 2014.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation has been a proud sponsor of Café Reconcile since 2006. After an eight month renovation and build out, Café Reconcile officially reopened to the public in March 2013, including the new expanded training and events space on the second floor, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Center. The award-winning nonprofit, which provides invaluable life skills and job training to disconnected youth from highly distressed communities in the New Orleans area, underwent the $5.9 million expansion to not only triple its program capacity, but to also create a new source of revenue through full-service catering and events on and off site. ELF provides financial support for the hospitality training programs that enable these youth to prepare themselves for the workforce.

The Café is open to the public for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Consider eating lunch at Café Reconcile. See the students in person, working hard, making positive choices, developing their leadership ability, and striving for something better. Plus, while this class is in the café, every customer will recieve one of Chef Emeril’s recipe cards.