The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (www.bestofneworleans.com), the Gambit-affiliated nonprofit foundation that hosts the Big Easy Awards, holds its 11th annual fall fundraiser Reds, Whites and the Blues at City Park's Pavilion of Two Sisters on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The event features food from local restaurants, music by Alexis and the Samurai, tastings of more than 200 wines and spirits and a raffle with a grand prize of 200-bottle collection of wine. Participating restaurants include Ralph's on the Park, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Cibugnu, Basin Seafood & Spirits, Cafe Carmo, Chad's Bistro, Serendipity, Jezz's Kitchen at Dorignac's and others. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door. Early admission tickets, which include access to a VIP area, are $100. Call Jon Broder (504) 483-3129 for tickets and information or visit bestofneworleans.com/rwb.
The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education awarded more than $25,000 in grants to musical and theater organizations in 2013. — WILL COVIELLO