The French Quarter Fest’s annual gala is honoring Fats Domino as well as celebrating other renowned artists on March 15 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Antoine's Restaurant, where it’s traditionally been held for the last several years.
Typically, the gala kicks off opening night of FQF, but this year the committee decided to host it a month in advance, as Marketing and Communications Manager Rebecca Sell mentioned would make it easier for locals attend the event without having to navigate through large crowds. Musical acts include Al “Lil Fats” Jackson and jazz pianist Henry Butler. Mike Harvey’s Hot Jazz’s performance will precede at the Patron Party.
The Patron Party is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature “A Taste of the Fest,” where bite-sized food samples of the fest’s most famous entrees will be served. Tickets are $280 and are available as individual tickets or table tickets. Gala tickets were $180, but have sold out. Joint tickets to attend both the Patron Party and the gala are still available and are $500.
Antoine’s Restaurant is a French-creole restaurant on St. Louis Street that has served New Orleans since 1840 and is now run by fifth-generation family members. The restaurant has 14 dining rooms, all historically named, and can seat over 700 guests. It is said to be the country’s oldest family run restaurant.
Dress code for the gala is cocktail attire. For more information, visit frenchquarterfest.org.