Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer!

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Photo courtesy of Emeril Lagasse Foundation on Facebook

Every November celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse invites scores of top local and national chefs to join him for his one-night fundraiser featuring a specially curated, Louisiana-inspired menu, live music and open bar. This year more than 70 chefs will participate in the 8th annual Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival on Friday, November 9, 6-10:30 p.m. The fundraiser will be again held at Champions Square (Lasalle St.), an outdoor festival plaza located adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Lagasse chairs the event with James Beard Award Winning Chefs Donald Link and his business partner, Stephen Stryjewski, of the Link Restaurant Group (the company owns a family of restaurants, currently including Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Calcasieu, Peche Seafood Grill, and La Boulangerie). This year’s celebrity chef invited to co-chair is TV host and restaurateur Guy Fieri.

The participating chef list is an impressive who-is-who on both local and national levels. This year, the New Orleans chefs include Commander’s Palace Tory McPhail, Nina Compton of Compere Lapin and Bywater American Bistro, Isaac Toups of Toups Meatery and Toups South, Chris Borges of Josephine Estelle, and many more.

Visiting chefs include Cory Bahr of Heritage BBQ in Monroe, Louisiana, Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde in Chicago, and many others, representing some of the best restaurants across the country. The chefs will be creating their dishes during the event and mingling with the attendees. For a full list of featured chefs and the menu updates, visit the event’s website.

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Photo courtesy of Emeril Lagasse Foundation on Facebook

In addition to the culinary spread, look for the Nat Sherman’s cigar lounge, a merch tent, and dessert tasting stations. Several open-bar stations with be stocked with fine wines, premium spirits from Buffalo Trace Bourbon, and a variety of Abita beer, including a special New Orleans Tricentennial brew. Santa Maria-CA-based Au Bon Climat winery is also among the sponsors. The silent auction will be curated by featured chefs.

Music lineup includes Honey Island Swamp Band, surf rock singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter, bluegraass/Americana band Railroad Earth, and the country musician Lillie Mae.

Tickets are on sale now ($135) and include unlimited food, open bar, cigars, and access to the auction and featured entertainment. The fundraiser benefits Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which focuses on culinary education, nutrition and arts programs.

Where to stay
To enjoy the best of the Boudin, Bourbon & Beer this November, consider booking one of the boutique hotels in the French Quarter or Arts District. These historic neighborhoods are ideally situated within a short ride to the Champions Square. Book a room at to have the best of the Crescent City and this unique culinary event at your fingertips.