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 and

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 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



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.

Mar 16

March 21 – 30: Support Louisiana’s Next Culinary Artists & Order The “Dish That Makes A Difference”

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In January, we were honored to join a judging panel consisting of some of New Orleans top chefs and restaurateurs to taste three dishes from students in NOCCA’s Culinary Arts program. The three talented finalists, Arieanna McKnight, Quana Bourgeois & Landry Duchane were asked to create dishes around the theme of Louisiana seafood. While all of the dishes were delicious, Arieanna McKnight took top honors for her berbere-crusted drum with strawberry-glazed roasted okra, mango relish, and grilled piri piri shrimp. From March 21 – 30, 2014, restaurants across New Orleans will feature Arieanna’s “Dish That Makes a Difference” on their menus, and proceeds from its sale will benefit NOCCA’s Culinary Arts department.

The “Dish That Makes A Difference” is a recipe contest for students in NOCCA’s Culinary Arts program. This is NOCCA’s fourth year of presenting the “Dish That Makes a Difference,” which was pioneered by Emeril Lagasse Foundation in 2010 at Emeril’s restauraunts throughout the country.

Here’s a partial list of restaurants serving the “Dish That Makes A Difference”. Stay tuned — we’re adding more all the time:

Brigtsen’s Restaurant
723 Dante Street

520 Capdeville Street

Eat New Orleans
900 Dumaine Street

Emeril’s Delmonico
1300 St. Charles Avenue

Emeril’s New Orleans
800 Tchoupitoulas Street

Grand Isle
575 Convention Center Boulevard

Maurepas Foods
3200 Burgundy Street

NOLA Restaurant
534 St. Louis Street

6078 Laurel Street

Satsuma Maple
7901 Maple Street

Taceaux Loceaux

827 Toulouse Street

Please join us in supporting Arieanna and her talented peers as they study to become Louisiana’s next generation of culinary artists!

Jan 17


Alden and Emeril Lagasse invited photographer and artist Robert X. Fogarty to document messages in his signature style to tell the story of Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Robert gave a moving presentation to the guests at Carnivale du Vin on November 9, 2013, in New Orleans, incorporating family members, supporters and beneficiaries of the Lagasse family and foundation.

Robert X. Fogarty and his Dear World project embodies its own message “We aren’t changing the world, but we take pictures of people who are.”

Fogarty started this project in 2009, when people across New Orleans wrote their “love notes to the city, ” and over the past three years, he’s looked into the eyes of thousands. He asks people around the world to share one meaningful message with family, friends and strangers.

Fogarty has also started a non-profit supporting the children and community of New Orleans, Evacuteer.