Any dinner that includes Kool & the Gang probably means there will be dancing, and there was. But the showcase of Emeril Lagasse’s Carnivale du Vin was, of course, the food.
The event, which helps to fund the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, topped out at 740 patrons who came to the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans in support of children’s causes. Carnivale du Vin is one of the country’s most popular charity wine events, sold out every time.
In addition to the wine auction, the dancing and the food, the event brought together celebrity chefs from around the country, including Mario Batali, Gail Gand, Kevin Rathbun, Norman Van Aken, and more.
Emeril’s Foundation has contributed more than $4 million to children’s education and charitable organizations in New Orleans, including Edible Schoolyard NOLA, Café Reconcile, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and St. Michael’s Special School. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to assist children of fishing families in South Louisiana as the region continues to recover from the Gulf Coast oil spill.
Oh, and the food? Well, it included a grand seafood bar, Mario Batali’s Cavatelli pasta with homemade sausage, and Emeril’s Salt Roasted, Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye with Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes and Black Truffle Sauce. Items auctioned included a backyard BBQ with Emeril, and an invitation to a beach bash in Cabo San Lucas to celebrate the chef’s birthday.
In addition to the evening’s festivities, we understand that Emeril put on a dinner-after-the-dinner for those who worked the event.
For New Orleans, where food is front and center, it was the place to be.
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