The Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s 11th annual fundraising weekend, including “Carnivale du Vin” and the previous night’s “Boudin, Bourbon & Beer,” raised a total of $3 million for children’s charities that support culinary, nutrition and arts programs.
The 2015 Krewe du Vin included culinary greats such as Emeril Lagasse, José Andrés, Art Smith, Kristen Kish, David Duncan, Matt Hobbs, Sarah and Sparky Marquis, David Ramey, Dr. Madaiah Revana, Jacques Torres and Barry Waitte. The Foundation honored David Duncan of Silver Oak Cellars as Honorary Bacchus. Ty Pennington served as Master of Ceremonies.
Guests at “Carnivale du Vin” were welcomed with champagne from Louis Roederer. The Bacchus reception featured tastings from the guest chefs paired with wines from Silver Oak Cellars. More than 600 guests experienced a five-course dinner created by Emeril Lagasse and served by 50 students from beneficiary programs. The menu featured Alaskan King Crab Lettuce Wrap, Roasted Gulf Oysters, Rabbit and Wild Mushroom Sausage, Roasted Piedmontese Beef, and a dessert of Crispy Chocolate Napoleon and Warm Chocolate Soup from Jacques Torres. Wines came from Tamber Bey Vineyards, Ramey Wine Cellars, Revana Family Vineyard, Paul Hobbs and Mollydooker.
Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen played the Bacchus Reception, and Fleur de Tease entertained throughout the whole evening. There was also a live auction, which hosted an array of wine-related items as well as sports tickets and vacations. The night closed out with a performance from the Boogie Wonder Band.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Carnivale du Vin,” benefiting Emeril Lagasse Foundation
When: Saturday, November 14
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans