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Donor Involvement Opportunities

About us

Founded in 2002 by Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden, Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity headquartered in New Orleans. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their full potential through culinary, nutrition, and arts education with a focus on life skills development. Since its inception, Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted more than $19.5 million to children’s charities to support culinary, nutrition, and arts programs.

Our Programs

Community Grants

The Community Grants program provides program and capital support to nonprofit organizations across the nation.

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Signature Program

The signature program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen, is a national education initiative created to enrich the lives of elementary and middle school children through a fun, fresh perspective on food.

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Aarón Sánchez Impact Fund

ASIF uplifts the lives of Latino youth through food. We do this through two areas of impact:  Culinary Arts Education and Human Services.

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Our Impact in Napa & Sonoma Counties

As part of our Community Grants program, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund was created. In 2017 – 2018, $500,000 was granted to Napa and Sonoma Counties to provide aid to individuals impacted by the Northern California wildfires.

$250,000 was awarded to the Community Foundation of Sonoma County

$250,000 was awarded to the Napa Valley Community Foundation

Event Overview

Carnivale du Vin

A New Orleans weekend filled with stellar food, wine and revelry in downtown New Orleans, LA.

Weekend events include a multicourse wine dinner at Meril, Beneficiary Luncheon, Patron Celebration and Carnivale du Vin wine gala and auction. This  weekend ranks as a “Top 10 Charity Wine Auction” in Wine Spectator.

Annually Raises $3M+


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Carnivale du Vin Events and Opportunities

  • Grand Marshal Patron Dinner
    On Thursday, 160 food and wine lovers are seated at Meril Restaurant. Together, they experience an intimate multi course wine tasting menu. Guest vintners are seated among the loyal foundation supporters.
  • Patron Celebration
    On Friday, enjoy libations and light bites with a New Orleans flair as we toast our patrons. Stop by before heading to one of several curated dinner options by some of the city’s finest chefs. Foundation staff is available to assist with your reservation.
  • Carnivale du Vin Reception
    On Saturday, at the Fillmore New Orleans, start with tastings from 3 acclaimed visiting chefs and wines from 4 renowned vintners.
  • Carnivale du Vin Gala Dinner
    Andrew Zimmern, emcee, will guide us through the 4-course seated wine pairings dinner by the NOCCA Culinary Arts students and Emeril’s culinary team.


Live and Silent Auction Donation: Traditional donations include a selection of large format bottles, a vertical collection, dining and/or an overnight experience at your vineyard. Average value ranges $700 – $1,000.

Pouring Option 1: Pair one varietal/vintage with a dish at the Carnivale du Vin Gala Dinner for 400 guests   |   8 case request

Pouring Option 2: Pair one varietal/vintage with a dish at the Grand Marshal Patron Dinner on Thursday and share a selection of your wines during the Carnivale du Vin Reception on Saturday for 400 guests   |   8 case request, (5 Thursday & 3 Saturday)

Line, Vine & Dine

Invitation only, four-day fishing and culinary event weekend hosted in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

More than a fishing tournament, this stellar weekend lineup includes a Welcome Celebration, Poolside Trunk Show, and Dockside Weigh-In & Yacht Hop. It caps off with the Vine & Dine chef showcase and fundraising evening.

Annually raises $1M+


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Line, Vine & Dine Events and Opportunities

  • Welcome Celebration
    Thursday guests are treated to sips and bites at The Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale Poolside Terrace.
  • Landlovers’ Trunk Show
    On Friday, while boats are away, land lovers are invited to search for your own prized catch of the day with an exclusive shopping experience.
  • Dockside Weigh-In & Yacht Hop
    On Friday, as the anglers return, guests stroll along the Pier 66 Marina slips and visit participating yachts featuring celebrated vintners and tastes from our beneficiaries.
  • Vine & Dine Celebration
    On Saturday, Chef Emeril and friends inspire this evening of culinary delights as vintners pour special selections. Bid on the live and silent auctions featuring rare wines, luxury goods, lifestyle travel experiences and vintner dinners.


Live and Silent Auction Donation: Traditional donations include a selection of large format bottles, a vertical collection, dining and/or an overnight experience at your vineyard. Average value ranges $700 – $1,000.

Pouring Option 1: Pour at Welcome Celebration and Landlovers’ Trunk Show   |   4 case request

Pouring Option 2: Pour at Dockside Weigh-In and at Vine & Dine   |   4 case request

Chi Chi Miguel Weekend

What started as a backyard BBQ competition between vintners and Chef Emeril has turned into a Miramar Beach, FL, weekend of celebration.

The weekend includes a multicourse wine dinner at Emeril’s Coastal, Golf Tournament at Burnt Pine Golf Club and BBQ Throwdown and fundraising evening.

Annually raises $1M+


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Chi Chi Miguel Weekend Events and Opportunities

  • Wine Dinner
    On Thursday, a multicourse menu prepared by Chef Emeril Lagasse and his culinary team. Vintners will pour specially selected wines that pair exquisitely.
  • Golf Tournament
    On Friday at the 19th Hole Luncheon, golfers are welcome to a surf and turf lunch with wine selections from the wine bar at Burnt Pine Clubhouse.
  • Private Vintner Reception
    On Friday at founder’s Mike & Val Thompson home, vintners and top sponsors gather for a celebratory evening with wines and a Cajun seafood boil.
  • Throwdown BBQ
    On Saturday, join a competition cooking team to “throwdown” the best ribs. Guests are treated to food and wine tastings. Wine will be poured at team tent and wine bar.


Live and Silent Auction Donation: Traditional donations include a selection of large format bottles, a vertical collection, dining and/or an overnight experience at your vineyard. Average value ranges $700 – $1,000.

Pouring Option 1: Pour at the Wine Dinner and the Throwdown BBQ   |   5 case request

Pouring Option 2: Pour at the Throwdown BBQ   |   3 case request

Requirement that all vintners share 6 bottles of wine at the Golf Tournament and 6 bottles of wine at the Vintner Reception, 1 case requirement

Our Event Audience

As they compare to other nonprofit supporters, our guests are more likely to:

Have twice the net worth

Majority of our donors have a net worth over $1M


37x more influential on social channels and in their communities

Ownership & Management

Work in a management position (1.9x) or an ownership position (1.5x)

Exhibit purchasing behavior towards:

Men's & Women's Fashion, Home & Garden, Travel, Premium Food & Beverage Brands, Outdoor Sports, Health & Wellness

Our Guests

  • 64% married
  • 1/3 married with children
  • 55% female
  • 60% over the age of 45
  • 1/3 of constituent’s children are teens or older
  • Nationwide constituents
  • 67% have an affinity for premium brands

Brand Exposure

Vintners are highlighted on signage, social media, eblasts, auction catalog and online bidding page.

Post-event media outlets include Wine Spectator, People, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Food & Wine, Times-Picayune, Forbes, and Esquire.




Our Past Participants

Acclaimed Chefs

Lydia Bastianich – Michelle Bernstein – Daniel Boulud – David Burke – Michael Chiarello – Roy Choi – Sam Choy -Ashley Christensen – Scott Conant – Ken Frank – Thomas Keller – Gale Gand – Duff Goldman – Kristen Kish – Donald Link – Beau MacMillan – Sarah Grueneberg – Michael Mina – Rick Moonen – Charlie Palmer – Wolfgang Puck – Jim Richard – Eric Ripert – Nancy Silverton – Susan Spicer – Jacques Torres – Rick Tramonto – Charlie Trotter, late – AarónSánchez – Ming Tsai – Dustin Valette – Norman Van Aken – Alice Waters

Over 80 past chefs have won numerous James Beard Awards and countless nominations, regularly appear on national television networks and operate and helm some of the most successful restaurants in the nation.

Exquisite Wineries

ADAMVS – Arista Winery – Au Bon Climat – Cakebread Cellars – Castello Banfi – Caymus Vineyards – Crocker & Starr –  David Arthur – Domaine Serene Winery – Far Niente – Ferrari-Carano – Fleury Estate Winery – Frias Family Vineyard – Gamble Family Wines – Gemstone Vineyard – Jackson Family Vineyards – Hirsch Vineyards and Winery – Limerick Lane Cellars – Mondavi – Merry Edwards Winery – Patz & Hall – Pride Mountain Vineyards – Paul Hobbs Winery – Ramey Wine Cellars – Riverain – Roy Estate – Schrader Cellars -Silver Oak – Spottswoode Estate – Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Three Sticks – Williams Selyem


Unforgettable Wine & Lifestyle Experiences

Fundraising is a crucial part of the Foundation’s efforts and essential to achieving its mission. Funding for the Foundation’s programs is provided through donations and annual fundraising events. We invite you to honor these special occasions by donating one or more of the following:
  • Magnum
  • Experience package
  • Selection of large format bottles
  • Vertical Collection
  • Dining and/or an overnight experience

Please know that by committing to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, you are joining our philanthropic efforts to create opportunity for the young people who need it most. Your participation can make a difference and enhance the lives of youth.
Thank you for your consideration.




Development Director

Sarah Bolotte Montgomery

Development Manager