Kicking off the momentous 33rd annual “French Quarter Festival, an Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s” raised funds to support the Roots of Music and Jackson Square beautification.
Patron Party music featured Carl LeBlanc. Major festival sponsors and other local VIPs enjoyed the Patron Party, including: Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; Mayor Mitch Landrieu and wife Cheryl; Mike Illanne, Brent Wood and Leah Brown of Chevron; Leo Basile of Abita Brewing Company; Mike DeBoer of GE Digital; Teddy Graziano of Brown-Forman; Festival Director Marci Schramm with husband Scott Campbell; Eric and Bethany Paulsen; Angela Hill; Rick and Lisa Blount and Miss Yvonne Blount of Antoine’s; Mark Romig of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Berger; and board President Errin Bellan.
The gala took over the entire first floor of Antoine’s, as well as the Twelfth Night Room and second floor balcony. Floral arrangements were provided courtesy of event sponsor The Plant Gallery.
Guests enjoyed Antoine’s signature dishes, including soufflé potatoes, oysters bonne femme, oysters foche, demi tips en brochette, shrimp remoulade, chicken rochambeau, Louisiana drum amandine, crabmeat ravigote, baked Alaska, cherries jubilee, French 75 cocktails, Abita beer and pettit fours provided by Haydel’s Bakery.
The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band provided gala music, along with special guests Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth), The Dixie Cups, Jean Knight (“Mr. Big Stuff’”), Big Sam and Robin Barnes.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
When: Thursday, April 7
Where: Antoine’s Restaurant