NEW ORLEANS (June 3, 2010) – Through June 30, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans restaurants will feature Farm to Fork cocktails infused with local seasonal fruits and fresh herbs – to bring awareness to the fruits of our local waters and the Gulf Coast’s vibrant fishing community.
For every cocktail sold, Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico will donate $9 to help our community’s most precious resource – Louisiana fishermen – through Second Harvest Food Bank for direct assistance to the community of shrimpers and fishing families.
This June, Emeril’s chefs are featuring Farm to Fork dinner menus that highlight the essence of the season and our local growers, including farmstead produce, naturally-raised chicken, pork and game, fresh seafood and artisanal dairy products.
Since May, Second Harvest has distributed approximately 1,400 emergency food boxes in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes and New Orleans East. More than 36,500 meals have been distributed through Second Harvest member agencies and disaster relief sites in these areas.
Individuals in need of emergency food assistance can locate relief sites in their local communities by calling Second Harvest Food Bank at 504-734-1322 or visit www.no-hunger.org.
For more information and reservations at Emeril’s restaurants, call Emeril’s at 504-528-9393, NOLA at 504-522-6652, or Emeril’s Delmonico at 504-525-4937, or visit emerils.com.
About Emeril Lagasse:
Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of Emeril’s, NOLA, Emeril’s Delmonico and eight other restaurants across the country. Lagasse has spent the past thirty years building close relationships with farmers, fishermen, and ranchers, and his restaurants serve fresh, sustainable and organic products from farms in their area when seasonally available. In his latest book Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh (HarperStudio, $24.99), Emeril Lagasse shares his longtime love for fresh from-the-fields foods—and the heritage of the artisans who bring them to the table.
About Second Harvest Food Bank:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is leading the fight against hunger in south Louisiana through food distribution, education, advocacy and disaster response. Annually, Second Harvest serves approximately 262,800 people through 240 nonprofit and faith-based agencies across 23 south Louisiana parishes – from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line. In any given week, nearly 42,000 people access emergency food services through Second Harvest Food Bank member agencies. Second Harvest Food Bank is an affiliate corporation of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans and a member of Feeding America. To learn more or donate food, money or time, please visit www.no-hunger.org.