The Emeril Lagasse Foundation holds back-to-back fundraisers Nov. 8-9. Boudin, Bourbon and Beer is Friday at The Foundry (333 St. Joseph St., 504-586-1309; www.thefoundryvenue.com), followed by Carnivale du Vin Saturday at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.(601 Loyola Ave., 504-561-1234; www.neworleans.hyatt.com)
The more casual event, Boudin, Bourbon and Beer (www.boudinbourbonandbeer.com), features sausages made by more than 40 local and visiting chefs. It's hosted by co-chairs Lagasse, Mario Batali and Donald Link. Local participants include Frank Brigtsen (Brigtsen's), Susan Spicer (Bayona, Mondo), John Besh (August, Borgne, Besh Steak), John Folse (Restaurant R'evolution), Sue Zemanick (Gautreau's), Alon Shaya (Domenica), Aaron Burgau (Patois), Justin Devillier (La Petite Grocery), Tory McPhail (Commander's Palace), Phillip Lopez (Root), Nathanial Zimet (Boucherie) and many others. Visiting chefs include John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss., Matt Abdoo and Terry Scotto of Del Posto Restorant in New York, former Top Chef contestant Ed Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisiville, Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker in Nashville and others.
Sponsors providing drinks include Abita Brewing Company, bourbon distiller Buffalo Trace, Au Bon Climat Winery, Fiji Water and others. Musical entertainment is by Grace Potter, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Packway Handle Band. Tickets to the event are $99.
Carnivale du Vin (www.carnivaleduvin.com) is a black tie affair at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Food is by Lagasse and chefs from his restaurants, Besh, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, Aaron Sanchez, Jacques Torres and others. The event features an auction and entertainment by Sammy Hagar & the Wabos and Locos Por Juana. The event is sold out.
The James Beard Foundation recognized Lagasse as its Humanitarian of the Year in 2013. In 2012, the two events raised $2.2 million, and the foundation (www.emeril.org) has raised more than $16 million since 2005. The foundation has supported Cafe Reconcile, Edible School Yard New Orleans, the culinary program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, St. Michael Special School, Second Harvest Food Bank and other programs.