Nation’s Top Chefs and Vintners Come Together for a Weekend Celebration of Food and Wine to Support Lagasse’s New Orleans-based Emeril Lagasse Foundation
NEW ORLEANS – September 28, 2011 – Emeril Lagasse and an all-star line-up of the country’s top chefs and vintners return to New Orleans for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s 7th Annual Carnivale du Vin. The weekend kicks off Friday, November 11 with Emeril’s first-ever Boudin & Beer, a new outdoor food and music event, presented by Abita Beer and co-hosted by chefs Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and New Orleans’ own Donald Link. Named one of the Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auctions by Wine Spectator, Carnivale du Vin will be held on Saturday, November 12. The event raised nearly $2 million in 2010 and has invested more than $4 million in non-profits that support children’s causes focusing on culinary arts, school food and nutrition, and arts and education programs.
“This year’s Carnivale weekend is going to be better than ever thanks to all of our wonderful chefs, winemakers and loyal supporters, including my good friends Mario and Donald, co-chairs of our inaugural Boudin & Beer,” says Emeril Lagasse. “We’re excited for everyone to get a taste of the best boudin with great live music and some of Abita’s special brews. It’s going to be an incredible event, but most importantly, we get to celebrate all of the children who benefit from our foundation’s work.”
Over 1,000 people are expected to attend Beer & Boudin, which brings together 20 of the region’s hottest chefs and will feature boudin, artisan sausages and rustic Louisiana fare, boudin experts from the Southern Foodways Alliance, a live New Orleans and Cajun musical line-up, and craft beer from presenting sponsor Abita Brewing Company.
Following the Foundation’s Boudin & Beer is Emeril’s highly-celebrated Carnivale du Vin on Saturday, November 12, a spectacular collaboration of the nation’s top culinary artists. The highlight of the evening is the four-course wine dinner prepared by the ”Krewe du Vin” chefs, paired with incredible wines from the country’s most prestigious winemakers, including featured Honorary “Bacchus,” Dan Kosta of Kosta Browne Winery and his Kosta Browne 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
Guests will also experience the thrill and excitement of bidding in the gala’s silent and live auctions, which will offer an array of rare wines, unforgettable travel experiences, and culinary packages with celebrity chefs. The evening will close with patrons out of their seats and on the dance floor grooving to the sounds of musical legend Glenn Frey of the Eagles.
Major sponsors of Carnivale du Vin include the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, American Airlines, Flight Options, Republic National Distributing Co., and Wine Spectator.
Major sponsors of Boudin & Beer include presenting sponsor Abita Beer, The Foundry, Presqu’ile Wine and Republic National Distributing. Supporting sponsors include Goldring Family Foundation, Viking Culinary Group and Rouses Markets.