Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s “Carnivale du Vin” kicked off a weekend of indulgence—for a good cause—on Nov. 2 at an elegant reception at Latrobe’s. Attended exclusively by high-level sponsors, local New Orleans chefs dished out their signature dishes while wines from Kistler Vineyards and Kosta Browne Winery were served.

The main gala and wine auction followed on Nov. 3, where a “Who’s Who” of culinary giants stepped in to lend a hand to chef Emeril. Chefs included Eric Ripert, Drew Nieporent, Aaron Sanchez, Rick Tramonto, Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali. All of Emeril’s restaurants also participated. Each dish was paired with a wine from a collection of vineyards including Schrader Cellars, Patz & Hall, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Gemstone Vineyard and Au Bon Climat Winery.

The event started at 6 p.m. with a patron reception where wines and hors d’oeuvres were served and a silent auction got partygoers in the mood for the live auction, where the night really got rolling. Rare wines, culinary packages, vacations and art were highly sought after. Guests also enjoyed music from the Original Blues Brothers Band with Eddie Floyd and John Oates. And with celebrity emcee Harry Shearer leading the festivities, it was impossible not to have a good time, while raising money for a good cause, as “Carnivale du Vin” benefits the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which focuses on children.

Alden and Emeril Lagasse with Carol and Fred Schrader of Schrader Cellars
photo: Cheryl Gerber

At the sponsor reception: Emeril Lagasse Foundation executive director Kristin Shannon and Harry Shearer with Sara and Burton Morris

NOLA chef Michael Ruoss with the Hilton Riverside chef David Woodward

Paul Frank with chefs Eric Ripert and Mario Batali

Larry Ruvo, Emeril Lagasse and auctioneer Jack Williams join Andre Agassi on stage during the live auction. 

Emeril Lagasse (center) with the student chefs.

photo: Steven Freeman