Honoring Hospitality

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience fêtes William Goldring.
Steven Hronek
Craig Hedstrom|!!| Sara Kavanaugh and chef Brian Landry

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience held its annual “Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award in Hospitality” dinner and auction at the JW Marriott on May 22. The dinner serves as both a celebration and as the kickoff of NOWFE.

Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona, chef Brian Landry of Borgne, chef Paul Miller of K Paul’s and chef Rhonda Ruckman of the Link Restaurant Group created the menu for the event. Elk Cove Vineyards, Jordan Winery, DAOU Vineyards and Niepoort Wines provided the wine for the evening.

The Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award in Hospitality presented by NOWFE was given to William Goldring. The award, designed by Mignon Faget, recognizes one individual each year who has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community. Goldring is the chairman of Sazerac Co. and Crescent Crown Distributing Co. He is also a benefactor of Tulane University, the Audubon Institute, the Jewish Community Center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the National World War II Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Touro Infirmary and the Urban League of New Orleans, among many others.

Over the past 20 years, NOWFE has raised more than $1 million for nonprofit organizations in the New Orleans community, while showcasing local food and chefs and national and international wines.


Event at a Glance
What:  “The Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award in Hospitality” dinner, benefiting The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
When: Tuesday, May 22
Where: JW Marriott