The Krewe of Cork paraded down Royal Street with over 2,000 patrons to mark the world-famous wine industry phenomenon, the “Royal Street Stroll.” The evening, benefiting the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, brought together New Orleans treasures such as rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and historic architecture, combined with outstanding wines. Patrons could shop the galleries of Royal Street while experiencing wine offerings at each stop and food tents along the way. Wine-themed costumes are always welcome.

The “VIP Welcome Party” was held at Brennan’s. King Patrick van Hoorebeek presided as royalty-for-the-day, and Grand Marshalls included several renowned winemakers. The “Royal Street Stroll” was part of the 22nd anniversary of NOWFE, a multi-day event, which features culinary seminars, demonstrations, wine dinners and wine tastings presented by leaders in the New Orleans and national wine community.

Participating wineries included: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Binderer St. Ursula Weinkellerei, Bodegas Riojanas, Ca’Momi Napa Valley, Copper Cane Wine and Provisions, Esporao Wines and Olive Oils, Espirit du Vin Fine Wine Merchants, Folio Fine Wine Partners, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Kobrand Corporation, Premium Port Wines and Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Food purveyors included: Hard Rock Café, Hotel Mazarin, The Irish House, Kingfish, NOLA Restaurant, Quintin’s Natural Ice Cream and Roux on Orleans.

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience 2015 Executive Committee included: President Susan Hislop (Home Team Productions); Vice President Ted Selogie (General Manager of JW Marriott New Orleans); Treasurer Traci Beninate (Glazers Company of Louisiana); Secretary Chris Brancato (co-owner of Merchant & Beta); and Past-President Chris Ycaza (general manager of Broussard’s Restaurant).


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “Royal Street Stroll,” benefiting New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
When: Thursday, May 21
Where: 200-900 Royal Street