The 14th Annual Sunday at Emeril’s Dinner treated supporters of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry to a feast fit for kings and queens. On April 5 guests were greeted by the man himself on this special evening to promote the work the department has been doing for children and families. Success stories are seen in the organization’s Youth Leadership Program, COPS for KIDS, art therapy through NOMA and outreach for families with a member in the military.

Emeril and his staff threw quite a party to celebrate the year of meaningful work in the community. There were oven-roasted oysters “Julia,” smoked salmon Reuben sandwiches with caraway gastrique, homemade boudin sausage boulettes with mango chow chow and Emeril’s New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp. And then came the three courses: vichyssoise with poached Maine sweet shrimp, pickled potatoes, grilled corn and crisp country ham; pan-seared rainbow trout with spring vegetable-blue crab fricassee and caviar cream; and filet of beef with rosemary-lemon whipped potatoes and mint-horseradish pesto. A Ponchatoula strawberry-chocolate cake panna cotta with cocoa gelee, was the finale of the culinary experience.

Co-chairs were Anne Redd and Irvin Mayfield, represented at the event by his wife Fatimah; honorary chair was Francoise Richardson; and Bishop Roger Morin was given special recognition.

Hydrangea and tulips were arranged by Glenn Vesh and Perfect Presentations. Couples received Irvin Mayfield CDs; a treat for later, no doubt. All received Adler’s keepsakes as mementos of the evening. And one bidder, Debbie Powell, won a luxury trip to New York City to see Emeril and Martha in the kitchen!