Apr 27

Beneficiary Spotlight: Cafe Reconcile

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Café Reconcile’s Class of Spring 2014 at a class field trip to Emeril’s

Café Reconcile, a hospitality training program for at risk youth, has enabled over 1200 students to empower their own futures. Expanded training and events are now held at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Center on the second floor of the café.

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Alden & Emeril Lagasse visit Cafe Reconcile

The students of Café Reconcile were a key part of Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s 10th anniversary fundraising weekend in November. The students were trained with the Emeril’s restaurant staff to learn back of house and front of house skills. From serving and plating Emeril’s signature four course dinner to serving the 700 guests on the floor, the students were an important part in making the weekend a success.

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    Students serving the guests at Carnivale du Vin

By dining at Café Reconcile, you help to train their students while supporting their training financially. You also get some great food!  Open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11 AM – 2:30 PM  (Stop by on Thursdays for their delicious White Beans special!)

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Café Reconcile serving their delicious food at various fairs and festivals during the spring and summer. To learn more about Cafe Reconcile and their upcoming events, visit their website.

Apr 21

Emeril Lagasse Foundation to Participate in GiveNOLA Day on Tuesday, May 5th

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Hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is the community’s second annual, 24-hour online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger, creating a vibrant community for all. Emeril Lagasse Foundation is proud to be a participating nonprofit.

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.

The public is invited to visit from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 5th and every gift over $10 will receive a little lagniappe thanks to GiveNOLA Day generous sponsors and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

For more information about the Foundation, please visit And for more information about GiveNOLA Day and the other nonprofit organizations involved, please visit


About the Greater New Orleans Foundation:

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is one of the oldest and largest philanthropic organizations in the region. Its mission is to create a thriving community for all. Every day, GNOF joins other foundations, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and government officials to address the needs of the community and build consensus for solutions. Together with a family of donors, the Foundation has invested over $100 million in the region since it opened its doors over 30 years ago to respond to community needs.


About GiveNOLA Day:

GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to ignite the giving community in Southeast Louisiana. Tied to a national event, Give Local America is sponsored by the Council on Foundations and technology partner Kimbia who are hosting a national giving day for hundreds of community foundations across the country on May 5, 2015.

Apr 15

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Announces 2015 Dates for Boudin, Bourbon & Beer and Carnivale du Vin!

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Annual Fundraising Weekend to Be Held in New Orleans November 13 & 14

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The countdown begins to Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s annual fundraising weekend returning to New Orleans November 13 – 14, 2015. The country’s best chefs, including New Orleans’ top talent, will join the festivities for a two-day culinary celebration, featuring the Louisiana-inspired outdoor festival Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer and wine auction and gala dinner Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Carnivale du Vin.

Patrons can expect to kick up their boots, raise their glasses, and indulge all weekend long as the organization takes it to next level in true New Orleans style by providing the ultimate culinary experience over the course of two days this fall.  Tickets for both events will go on sale August 1.


Funds raised at both events benefit Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which creates opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth through life skills development and culinary, nutrition, and arts education. Last year’s fundraising weekend raised $2.25 million for children’s charities.

For more information, please visit or like us on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Instagram at

For media inquiries, please contact Jennifer Bond or Kelsey Hyde at 504-897-0462, or

Mar 03

Beneficiary Spotlight: NOCCA

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Emeril Lagasse Foundation is proud to announce the contribution of $1.5 million towards the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Culinary Arts program. The new culinary arts center will include a professional kitchen, butchery and bakery, as well as a café that is open to the public.

The gift comes as NOCCA celebrates its 40th year of immersing young artists in Louisiana’s unique cultural heritage. It will be used to help complete construction of the NOCCA Forum, a campus expansion spearheaded by The NOCCA Institute, NOCCA’s nonprofit partner. The Forum adds more than 50,000 square feet of instructional, social, and administrative space to the NOCCA campus, which spans New Orleans’ Faubourg Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods.

The NOCCA Forum will primarily house two new, ambitious programs for young artists — one in Culinary Arts, the other an innovative academic curriculum. The fully renovated historic warehouse will also be home to the Press Street Station restaurant and 5 Press Gallery. Those new Institute initiatives support NOCCA and give the public a taste of the school’s acclaimed creative environment.

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Press Street Station, a café from the NOCCA Institute, is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features a menu with produce fresh from the Press Street Gardens, another Institute educational and community project next door. Each month, specialty dishes created by students will be offered and products that they have created and baked are on sale every day. The Press Street Station is located at 5 Press Street between Chartres and Royal Street.

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In addition, NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students are baking fantastic pies all year long. For February, they got into the Lenten spirit with a healthy, delicious Garden Galette, made with produce from The NOCCA Institute’s Press Street Gardens. Ingredients include roasted beets, turnips, shallots, garlic, fresh herbs, and shaved Manchego cheese, all served in flaky whole wheat crust. The students shared their recipe for this delicious pie below. Next up in March, Strawberry Limeade Crumble! Visit for more info.

Garden Galette


1 cup +2 Tbl whole wheat pastry flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, cubed

4 Tbl ice water

Blend flour and salt together in food processor. Add butter and pulse until coarse meal looking. Add the ice water and pulse until just mixed. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Roll out into 12″ round.


1 large beet, roasted, peeled and sliced

1 large turnip, sliced and roasted

1 large carrot, peeled, sliced and roasted

3 cloves garlic, roasted

1/2 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped

1/2 tsp fresh oregano, finely chopped

1/2 cup Manchego cheese, shredded

Smear roasted garlic in 9″ circle in center of rolled out crust. Season all roasted vegetables slices with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Layer vegetables with a sprinkle of cheese and chopped herbs until all vegetables are used. Drizzle top with a little EVOO and close up edges of galette by gently folding over about 1 1/2″ – 2″ of crust (the center will be open). Bake at 375 for about 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown, let cool and garnish with shaved Manchego if desired.

Jan 27

Beneficiary Spotlight: Second Harvest Food Bank

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In May 2014, Second Harvest Food Bank received a $50,000 grant from Emeril Lagasse Foundation to expand its Summer Feeding and Kids Café programs in the greater New Orleans region.

During summer 2014, Second Harvest transformed how the Community Kitchen team prepares, delivers and serves hot meals to children at risk of hunger. Over the course of the 10 week program, Second Harvest achieved the following results:
• Served 210,523 meals and snacks to 4,270 children at 66 summer camp sites in three parishes, targeting growth in undeserved urban and suburban pockets of society
• Site partners were carefully selected to ensure the Summer Feeding program at large served a wide variety of unique enrichment programs targeted to specific age groups.
• Volunteer nutrition and dietetics interns provided an education and physical activity component, depending on resources available at each site.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation funding helped Second Harvest leverage other external investments to achieve greater accuracy in the kitchen and ensure an increased return on investment through the duration of the summer and beyond.

Second Harvest achieved its goal of expanding Summer Feeding 2014 and is well positioned to sustain this positive momentum through the current school year and beyond. With the partnership of Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Second Harvest provided 200,000 meals and snacks to children who may have gone hungry this summer.


For more information, visit their webpage.

Dec 09

Watch the Foundation Video!

Learn about Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s work through this video shown at Carnivale du Vin 2014. A big thank you to Linton Media for producing this wonderful video!