Food and drink aficionados know that eating and imbibing are equally as important as breathing and sleeping, so when an event like Boudin, Bourbon & Beer rolls around, they’re the first to clear their calendars. This year’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer event hosted by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation will take place on Friday, November 4, at Champion’s Square in New Orleans and promises to be a “Night under the Stars”.
A Good Time for Giving Back
Live bands, spirits, fine wines, cigar tasting, craft beers, and of course the best boudin any side of Lake Pontchartrain promise to make this charitable event, which raises funds to support the culinary, nutrition, and arts education of youth, the most delectable to date. Recent events, in conjunction with the Foundation’s Carnivale du Vin charity wine auction, have raised millions of dollars for children’s charities. Talk about a reason to eat and drink!
Can’t-Miss Beverages & Bites
Equally as dazzling as the contributions raised by the Foundation during this weekend of feasting is the food itself. Boudin, which is a savory pork sausage (generally) comprised of rice, onions, green peppers, and seasoning, is a unique specialty of Louisiana and is something that every major chef worth their weight in bacon can expertly prepare.
In addition to boudin and other regional fare, the event will feature can’t-miss crème de la crème pleasures including:
• Nat Sherman cigar tastings
• Buffalo Trace specialty bourbon cocktails and neat pours
• Vinos from Au Bon Climat, Justine Vineyards & Winery, and Landmark Vineyards
• Abita Beer flagship and seasonal beers, special cask selections, and surprise brews
To add flavor to the evening, the silent auction packages are created by participating chefs … and you can bid from your mobile device throughout the evening, so bon bidding in addition to bon appétit!
A Night Under the Stars Surrounded by Stars
Speaking of the chefs, the array of the event’s culinary talent attending and cooking for the event is as exciting as the cuisine. In addition to the chef who heads the foundation and who put the bam! in Cajun Cuisine, Emeril Lagasse (who will cook for the Krewe du vin Dinner on November 5), and distinguished honorary co-chairs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski, and John Currence, boudin chefs for the November 4 event (and their tasty offerings) include:
• David Slater, Emeril’s – Boudin Stuffed Crab Claw, Mayhaw Sweet & Sour Sauce
• Frank Brigtsen, Brigtsen’s Restaurant – Vegetarian Smoked Mushroom Boudin
• Kristen Essig & Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette – Boudin Stuffed Squid w/ Bacon Dashi Aioli
• Justin Devillier, Balise/La Petite Grocery – Crispy Chicken Rillettes Stuffed w/ Black Truffles & Brie De Meaux
• Cory Bahr, Heritage BBQ (Monroe) – Smoked Duck Boudin, Foie Gras, Vanilla Pickled Beets, Charred Pineapple
• Alex Harrell, Angeline – Smoked Pork & Duck ‘Nduja w/ Fig Mustard and Herb Salad
• Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace – Bacon & Butterscotch Oatmeal Bars w/ Foie Gras Ganache
• Brian Mottola, NOLA – Lamb Boudin, Toasted Pita, Cucumber, Tomato & Dill, Feta Cheese
• Will Avelar, Meril – Boudin Tamale w/ tomatillo salsa
• Michael Gulotta, Mopho – Boudin Noire Dumplings w/ Roasted Apple
These skilled chefs will be joined by other celebrated chefs from New Orleans, Memphis, Louisville, and Orlando for what promises to be one of the tastiest nights of the year.
The night will be kept young by live entertainment provided by:
• Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
• Anderson East
• Lost Bayou Ramblers
• Saint Claude Serenaders
Boudin, Bourbon & Beer promises to deliver an evening to remember—one your palate will beg you to revisit year after year. Tickets to the 21-plus event are only $99 and—from one foodie to another—are well worth it. So, get your tickets now, and bring on the bounty … and the bam!
Boudin, Bourbon & Beer is truly an event to savor. It’s one of the year’s best nights for food, wine, brews and spirits. So, make plans for November 4 to eat, drink and be merry. Stay up-to-date on Boudin, Bourbon & Beer news by following along on Facebook and by checking out the event’s webpage.
Photos courtesy of Boudin, Bourbon & Beer