EMERIL LAGASSE FOUNDATION’S 4TH ANNUAL CARNIVALE DU VIN RAISES $1.7 MILLION FOR A GREENER NEW ORLEANSPosted by: Jeff Hinson
Premier Wine Event Funds First “Edible Kitchen” in the Southeast
NEW ORLEANS (November 19, 2008) – The Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s annual Carnivale du Vin, rated a “Top 10” charity wine auction in the nation by Wine Spectator magazine, raised $1.7 million dollars to benefit children’s arts, culinary and education programs in the Gulf South. More than 600 guests attended the premier wine auction and gala at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Saturday, November 15.
To further the growth of the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans at
A live auction lot was also dedicated to this effort with guests contributing more than $80,000 to support the Edible Schoolyard and fulfill the school’s garden-to-table mission. The program aims to transform the student lunch model in
“I am so grateful for the outpouring of support from my friends, sponsors and especially our guests who have helped plant seeds of change in the
The weekend kicked off on Friday, November 14 as Chef Emeril helped dedicate the Emeril’s
Saturday’s Carnivale du Vin gala began with a toast by Paul and Suzie Frank and Carole and Michael Marks, creators of the honorary “Bacchus” bottling, Gemstone “Carnivale du Vin” Cuvee 2005, as Chef Emeril and sommeliers and chefs de cuisine from his ten restaurants poured wine and served hors d’oeuvres during the opening reception.
The five-course Carnivale du Vin wine dinner was prepared by the world’s top chefs including: Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Michael Mina, Emeril Lagasse and Gale Gand. Each course was paired with wine by master vintners including: Don Carano of Ferrari-Carano, Bob Cabral of Williams Selyem, Larry Stone of Rubicon Estate, Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards and Bartholomew Broadbent of Broadbent Selections. As guests savored the selections, they donned a commemorative pin designed by Ken Friend and learned about the important works of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation – the outdoor classroom at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, Emeril’s
Spirits were high as the auction commenced, which featured an original Blue Dog painting by famed
For a third year, Sammy Hagar and Emeril invited one lucky bidder to Sammy’s beachside home to help celebrate their birthdays in style in Cabo San Lucas, raising $130,000. The evening was capped off with the uncorking of ultra-premium Cabo Wabo tequila and a rising set by Sammy Hagar and The Wabos, who were joined on stage by Chef Emeril on backup percussion.
Guests from across the