Abita, Emeril and plenty of food in New Orleans
Craft breweries and chefs across the country team up for beer-pairing dinners more and more frequently, but the second annual Boudin & Beer festival in New Orleans sounds like it will be a beer-and-food bash of epic proportions.
Featuring celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and 50 other culinary masters from across the country, the festival on Friday, November 2, will have brew from local brewery Abita Beer, as well as live music, and bourbon and cigar tastings.
Here’s what the organizers have to say:
NEW ORLEANS – It’s boudin, beer, bourbon, and boots as New Orleans gears up for Emeril Lagasse’s 2nd Annual Boudin & Beer, an indoor/outdoor food and music festival celebrating all- things Louisiana taking place on Friday, November 2, 2012 at The Foundry. The charity bash, presented by Abita Beer and sponsored by Buffalo Trace, is hosted by Emeril Lagasse and honorary co-chairs Mario Batali and New Orleans’ own Donald Link. The event benefits the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which has granted over $5 million to children’s educational programs, life skills development initiatives, culinary training and cultural enrichment in New Orleans and the Gulf south.
Lagasse, Link and Batali are joined in the jcpenney Tasting Pavilion by 50 of the nation’s hottest chefs spanning from San Francisco to New York, with several of New Orleans’ top chefs represented, cooking up their take on boudin, with specialty items provided by sponsors Rouses and Viking Range Corporation. The beer will be flowing as guests are able to sample an array of craft brews provided by Abita Beer, Louisiana’s largest craft brewer, as well as a selection of bourbons by Buffalo Trace, specialty cocktails by Republic National Distributing Company, and water by FIJI Water. Wine lovers will be able to sip on an assortment of red and white wines from winemaking legend Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat Winery in California. Additionally, cigar aficionados will taste the best of famed cigar maker Nat Sherman.
“The success of last year’s Boudin & Beer was astounding,” says Lagasse. “This year we’ve doubled the number of chefs participating and expect over 3,000 people to attend. It’s New Orleans’ newest culinary festival and all for a great cause.”
Festival-goers, many expected to travel to New Orleans and take advantage of promotions through the event’s travel sponsors Hyatt Regency New Orleans and American Airlines, will also enjoy a boudin exhibit by Southern Foodways Alliance. Live musical entertainment will be provided by popular Cajun, New Orleans, and alternative country acts, including Feufollet and Red Stick Ramblers. A special visit from the 610 Stompers, plus exciting games and raffles will keep the fun going!
Creating their renditions of boudin, sausages or rustic pork inspired dishes at Boudin & Beer are some of the nation’s most talked about chefs including: Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Donald Link, Bart Bell (Crescent Pie & Sausage Co.), Scott Boswell (Stella), Frank Brigtsen (Brigtsen’s), Aaron Burgau (Patois), Robert Carter (Carter’s Kitchen, Charleston), Leah Chase (Dooky Chase), Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh), John Currence (City Grocery, Oxford), Craig Deihl (Cypress, Charleston), Brian Deloney (Maddie’s Place, Little Rock), Justin Devillier (La Petite Grocery), Dan Drohan (Otto, New York), Kelly English (Restaurant Iris), Mark Falgoust (Grand Isle), Adolfo Garcia (Riomar, La Boca, a Mano), Michael Gulotta (August), Rusty Hamlin “Cookie” (Zac Brown’s BBQ Truck), Tariq Hanna (Sucré), Chris Hastings (Hot & Hot Fish Club, Birmingham), Mark Ladner (Del Posto, New York), Brian Landry (Borgne), Mike Lata (FIG, Charleston), Josh Laurano (Babbo, New York), Ed Lee (610 Magnolia, Louisville), Lee Leflore (Giardina’s, Greenwood), Phillip Lopez (Root), Joe Maynard (Criollo Restaurant), Tory McPhail (Commander’s Palace), Michelle McRaney (Mr. B’s Bistro), Darin Nesbit (Bourbon House), Alex Pilas (Birreria, New York), Horst Pfeifer (Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant), Ryan Prewitt (Link Restaurant Group), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill), Richard Rosendale (Bocuse d’Or), Mitch & Steven Rosenthal (Town Hall, San Francisco), Allison Vines Rushing & Slade Rushing (MiLa), Alon Shaya (Domenica), Alfred Singleton (Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse), Susan Spicer (Bayona), Michael Stoltzfus (Coquette), Stephen Stryjewski (Cochon Butcher), Ben Thibodeaux (Le Petite Theatre), Andrew Ticer & Michael Hudson (Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis), Jack Treuting (Rouses), and Nathanial Zimet (Boucherie).
Boudin & Beer kicks off Emeril’s Carnivale du Vin weekend featuring the 8th Annual Carnivale du Vin gala and charity wine auction on Saturday, November 3rd. This year’s gala will feature a five-course seated wine pairings dinner for 700 guests from Mario Batali, Marc Forgione, Tyler Florence with Sammy Hagar, Joseph Lenn, Michelle Gayer and vintners Arista Winery, Caymus Vineyards, Chiarello Family Vineyards, Williams Selyem, and Roederer Estate.
Boudin & Beer General Information:
WHEN: Friday, November 02, 2012, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
WHERE: The Foundry, 333 St. Joseph Street, New Orleans, LA
$75 through August 31st; $85 after August 31st
Tickets can be purchased at www.boudinandbeer.com