Founded in 2002 by famed Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a public charity dedicated to providing educational opportunities for youth, aiming to support and guide them through culinary, nutrition, and arts education. As a part of their mission, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation created a program, Emeril's Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen, to help children learn the concepts of gardening and cooking and how to combine them. According to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation's press release, "This one-of-a-kind program offers an engaging experience that connects kids to the world of food and nurtures skills that benefit them not only in the kitchen but also throughout life."
In support of their mission and in response to the impact of the pandemic on the restaurant industry, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation has decided to bring the Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival "Back-to-the-Table" to raise funds in support of local restaurants and sponsors. In lieu of the traditional festival, patrons are invited to visit participating restaurants during the month of November to sample specially created boudin dishes accompanied by Abita beers and craft cocktails from Buffalo Trace and Sazerac. The event will feature chefs Frank Brigtsen, Adolfo Garcia, Donald Link, Susan Spicer, and Stephen Stryjewski, as well as Atchafalaya Restaurant. Additional participants will be announced in the future.
Along with this special dining campaign, participating restaurants will offer student mentees the opportunity to work hand in hand in their kitchens. Please reserve a participating restaurant now to help this wonderful cause.
Visit boudinbourbonandbeer.com to see participating restaurants.