Philanthropic Fun: Wining & Dining

A “VIP Welcome Party” kicked off the “Royal Street Stroll” for NOWFE.
Chef Ruth Varisco, Jim Fein and Board President Gail Varuso

The rainy skies cleared up for a wonderful event at this year’s VIP Welcome Party for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience.

At the exclusive event prior to the “Royal Street Stroll,” NOWFE presented a $30,000 check to chef Ruth Varisco of Nunez Community College, the 2018 Event Beneficiary. Presiding and in attendance were Aimee Brown, NOWFE Executive Director, and Gail Varuso, NOWFE 2019
Board President.

Brennan’s hosted the ceremony and provided tasty treats for all. Beverages included wines by Lagniappe Peak, beer from Stella Artois and water from Mountain Valley.

Following the event, attendees ventured onto Royal Street, where they continued the festivities led “parade-style” by Krewe of Cork, donning wine-themed costume and with world renowned winemakers serving as Grand Marshals. This event combined New Orleans’ greatest gifts: rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and historic architecture. Coupled with the world’s most outstanding wines, guests shopped the Royal Street galleries while visiting wine offerings and food tents along the route.


Event at a Glance

What: “VIP Welcome Party of Sip, Savor and Stroll,” benefiting New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

When: Thursday, April 4

Where: Brennan’s


Deb Almeida and Kian Tanakoli

Liz Williams and Brent Rosen