Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2018

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We'd planned to take a break from basking in luxury at the Royal Sonesta to attend back-to-back fundraisers for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which assists children through culinary, nutritional and arts education. Friday night was Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, a funky, casual party hosted by Emeril in Champions Square at the foot of the Superdome. Boudin, a mainstay of French cuisine, has become a staple in New Orleans. ere were a number of different expressions on offer, including boudin blanc and the richer, blood-based, boudin noir. Emeril and some 59 other well-known chefs and their teams provided dishes for our delectation, and while there was more food than anyone would ever dream of tasting, Jen and I had a ball trying. e following morning, we relaxed over café au lait in the hotel, then ventured out for a morning of sightseeing, picking up a bag of beignets at Café du Monde to nosh on. We ate lightly at lunchtime, in anticipation of a highlight of our visit: Carnivale du Vin, a black-tie gala at the Hyatt Regency. It was an unforgettable event, with Emeril, ever the effusive and delightful host, mingling during the silent auction. e culinary superstar was visibly touched and delighted by the evening's outpouring of support. And when a single bottle of wine sold for a cool quarter of a million dollars during the live auction after dinner, it sent a palpable frisson through the already excited crowd. As one might expect at such a celebrated gala, the food, not to mention the wine, was marvelous. We were fortunate to be seated with a wonderful group of winemakers, chefs and restaurant owners, including a partner in Chateau d'Esclans, which ensured that Rock Angel rosé flowed freely at our table. What a delightful night! slmag.net 91

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