The Fête Before the Festival

French Quarter Festival’s 2014 “Opening Gala.”
Photographed by Jeff Strout
Derrick Tabb and Marci Schramm

The 2014 French Quarter Festival kicked off April 10 with an “Opening Gala” at Antoine’s Restaurant. The evening began with a patron party, followed by a fantastic fête filled with dancing. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is the nonprofit and creative force behind major festivals such as French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest and Christmas, New Orleans Style. The organization aims to showcase our unique city’s culture and heritage, instill pride in New Orleanians and contribute to the Big Easy’s economic success.

Antoine’s Restaurant provided guests with their oysters foch and soufflé potatoes, GW Fins served their famous fish stew, Broussard’s offered duck strudel and The Praline Connection served their barbecue shrimp. Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages provided the evening’s libations.

For the patron party, the New Orleans Moonshiners Trio kept guests on their feet. Later, the celebration continued with the sound stylings of Davell Crawford.

 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:    “Opening Gala,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
When:  Thursday, April 10
Where:  Antoine’s Restaurant