In early June, chef Emeril Lagasse sponsored this event at non other than his namesake restaurant, Emeril’s. 150 guests made up the intimate gathering to support the LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry that provides many of the essential mental health services to children and adolescents in New Orleans. The event’s honoree was Danny Conwill, a successful businessman and community leader dedicated to causes helping children and adolescents and their families. Margaret Jones and David Isganitis chaired the event.
With a host like Lagasse, the five-course menu was sure to wow. Although there was too much delicious food to remember, highlights included barbecue shrimp, blue crab boulettes, andouille wontons and sea scallops with local tomatoes and melon. The luncheon’s floral arrangements were donated by Perfect Presentations and invitations and the event program were created and donated by Scriptura. Adler’s donated the special guest favors. Chief Emeril Lagasse sponsored the event, bar and wait staff, and valets donated their time. Music was provided by jazz artist Irvin Mayfield, and guests especially enjoyed the live auction attended to by E.J. Lagasse, the young son of Emeril and Alder Lagasse.
It was no surprise that such auction items included culinary experiences to restaurants such as Root and Delmonico’s. In addition, artist Rebecca Rebouche donated a painting titled “Curtain of Green,” which is currently being exhibited at the Tripolo Gallery. The proceeds raised will benefit programs supporting high-risk children, adolescents and families served by the LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry.
Event at a Glance
What: “Sunday at Emeril’s XVIII,” benefiting LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry
When: Sunday, June 2
Where: Emeril’s Restaurant