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Wine and Whimsy

A celebration of wine and food brought patrons to NOWFE’s “Royal Street Stroll

Charlee Williams, President Traci Beninate and Board Member Kristian Sonnier

Photographed by Kenny Martinez

Live jazz, rare antiques, fine art, scrumptious local cuisine and wine pairings in the midst of stunning historic architecture brought hordes of partygoers to the 2017 “Royal Street Stroll“ presented by Rouses, the signature evening event of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience.

Patrons shopped throughout the galleries of Royal Street while experiencing fine wine offerings and food selections at tents along the way. The stroll is led “parade-style” by the Krewe of Cork, featuring several renowned winemakers as Grand Marshalls, and included strollers in whimsical wine-themed costumes.

Now in its 25th year, this New Orleans culinary event attracts more than 7,000 connoisseurs of fine wines and exemplary cuisine as well as art and music aficionados. NOWFE 2017 also included Wine Dinners hosted by more than 30 New Orleans restaurants; Vinola!, NOWFE’s premium tasting event; Culinary Seminars and Experiences and a Grand Tasting from more than 175 wineries featuring greater than 1,000 wines and 75 chefs serving regional culinary delights; and the Big Gateaux Show pastry competition.

NOWFE leads the charge in fighting hunger and supporting culinary education through its more than $1 million in donations.


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