“Soiree de la Societe Internationale” highlighted society tombs of the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, and the culture and cuisine brought to the city by its diverse immigrant population.
The soirée featured a four-course dinner with Portuguese hors d’oeuvres and courses of German, Italian, Spanish and French cuisine. Esteemed chefs included Eric Solar of Mizado’s Cocina, Glen Hough of Redemption Mid-City, Alan Ehrich of Audubon Nature Institute, Xavier Laurentino of Barcelona Tapas and Julie Barreda of the New Orleans School of Cooking and Destination Kitchen. Each course included an expertly paired wine.
There were also live and silent auctions, which included bidding on vacations ranging from a luxurious stay on the San Antonio Riverwalk to a mountain retreat week in North Carolina.
This event marks the second partnership between the National Association for Save Our Cemeteries and the National Association for Catering & Events, New Orleans Chapter. Proceeds benefit the restoration and education programs of Save Our Cemeteries. Katie McNulty chaired the event, and Leigh Thorpe served as auction chair. Dennis Woltering and Jay Ducote hosted the event.
This year, Save Our Cemeteries is focused on closing breached society tomb vaults in Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 and Valence Street Cemetery, as well creating an online interactive map of Carrollton Cemetery. The organization is also hosting “Twilight Tours” in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 beginning in June, in partnership with the Archdiocese of New Orleans to raise funds for restoration efforts in this cemetery.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Soiree de la Societe Internationale,” benefiting Save Our Cemeteries & the National Association for Catering & Events, New Orleans Chapter
When: Wednesday, September 9
Where: Audubon Tea Room