EMERIL LAGASSE, MARIO BATALI, SAM CHOY, DANIEL BOULUD, TODD ENGLISH, NOBU MATSUHISA, MICHAEL MINA, LUCIANO PELLEGRINI, DAVID ROBINS, JOACHIM SPLICHAL, JULIAN SERRANO, CHARLIE TROTTER & NORMAN VAN AKEN JOIN TOGETHER FOR “CARNIVALE DU VIN” TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN NEW ORLEANS
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 7, 2005) – Chef/Restaurateur Emeril Lagasse has announced that Carnivale du Vin, a culinary event and fundraiser for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The fundraiser was originally planned to take place in Lagasse’s beloved city of New Orleans on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
“It was our hope to hold the inaugural event in New Orleans, but we can’t ask a city in need to support an event of this magnitude in the near future,” says Emeril Lagasse. “While the event will be held in Las Vegas this year, Carnivale du Vin will pay tribute to New Orleans, celebrating the spirit and undeniable energy of the city, while helping raise funds for children in New Orleans whose lives have been affected by Katrina.”
At the event, Chef Emeril Lagasse will induct fellow chefs including Mario Batali, Sam Choy, Daniel Boulud, Todd English, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Mina, David Robins, Joachim Splichal, Julian Serrano, Charlie Trotter and Norman Van Aken into the “Krewe du Vin.” The event will feature a reception with 20 food and wine pairing stations with each chef paired with a winemaker from one of the country’s top wineries including Au Bon Climat, Bastianich Vineyards, Bonny Doon Vineyards, Caymus Vineyards, Chappellet, Domaine Serene, Gemstone Vineyard, Hundred Acres Vineyards, Lewis Cellars, Qupe Vineyards, Pahlmeyer Winery, Schrader Cellars, Spottswoode Estate Vineyards, and William Selyem. The evening will continue with a musical performance by Michael McDonald, and a top-notch auction with offerings in rare wines, culinary adventures, luxury travel, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Auction lots will include a Trip to Italy with Chef Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich of Bastianich Vineyards; a private tennis lesson with tennis greats Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, and the Ultimate Food Network Experience with Emeril Lagasse.
Money raised from “Carnivale du Vin” will go to support the children of the New Orleans area whose lives were affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Foundation’s beneficiaries include St. Michael’s Special School, America’s Second Harvest (Kids Café, Café Reconcile), and Covenant House.
Carnivale du Vin tickets are $1000 per person. Availability is limited. Black tie attire is recommended. For more information, please call (866) 513-0083 or (702) 414-1500. The Venetian has extended a group rate for the event, please call (877) 283-6423 and mention the code RCARN. Sponsorships are also available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF): The Emeril Lagasse Foundation seeks to inspire, mentor and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive and creative individuals. The foundation supports and encourages programs creating developmental and educational opportunities for children within communities where Emeril’s restaurants operate.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation was established in the Spring of 2002, and is the realization of Chef Emeril’s dream to improve the quality of young people’s lives. His continuous efforts to support and be actively involved with children’s charities allows him the opportunity to not only raise funds for his Foundation, but to create partnerships that help others with their own charitable endeavors. The Foundation combines the energy and passion of Chef Emeril, along with that of his many friends and partners, in order to have greater impact on the communities where Emeril’s restaurants operate, and to benefit the charitable recipients it supports.
Through innovative partnerships, programs and special events, along with support from corporate and individual donations, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation embraces a unique opportunity to grant funds to children’s organizations that have a culinary and/or educational component, and to eventually enrich the lives of many young people through the creative art of cooking so that they may look towards a future of creativity, opportunity and hope.