In New Orleans, the holidays don’t end on New Year’s Day. The celebrations continue with the start of Carnival season on Jan. 6 and are ongoing through Mardi Gras day. The Link Stryjewski Foundation, co-founded by local chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, ushers in Carnival season with its second annual Bal Masqué, which bills itself as “a celebration of New Orleans’ Creole carnival roots.”
The Bal Masqué, taking place Jan. 7, is a fundraiser for local organizations that work tirelessly to support New Orleans’ at-risk youth including the Youth Empowerment Project, Kingsley House, the Roots of Music, and Grow Dat Youth Farm. The event features live music by local– and internationally recognized– legend Dr. John & the Nite Trippers. Dr. John’s performance at the Bal Masqué arrives on the tail of the release of his most recent album The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music. Several other local bands are also scheduled to perform, including Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Roots of Music, and Cha Wa Indians.
Given that the co-founders are high-profile chefs, it is no surprise that the Bal Masqué features the menus of eight nationally renowned chefs. The evening’s fare will include preparations by John Currence (City Grocery, Oxford, MS), Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles), Paul Kahan (Publican, Chicago), Mike Lata (FIG, Charleston), Nancy Oakes (Prospect, San Francisco), Richard Reddington (Redd, Yountville, CA), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill), and Maggie Scales (La Boulangerie, New Orleans).
Given that the co-founders are high-profile chefs, it is no surprise that the Bal Masqué features the menus of nationally renowned chefs.
The event is designed to attract donors in support of the Link Stryjewski Foundation’s mission. As such, tickets to this masquerade ball run $1,000 and increase to include varying sponsorship levels. For $1,500, an accompanying four-course dinner with Mario Batali at Calcasieu takes place the previous evening and is limited to 150 guests. The meal will feature signature Italian dishes, starting with cocktails. The evening will also feature an exclusive set of auction items.
The Bal Masqué attire is either black tie or costume. Masks, of course, are a required piece of the ensemble. Enjoy an evening of delicious food, music that will get you dancing, and support a worthy cause at the same time. Event details are below:
Bal Masqué Details
When: Saturday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way)
Tickets: Available here
Attire: Black tie or costume; mask required
Dinner with Batali Details:
When: Friday, January 6; Cocktails at 7:00 p.m., dinner at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Calcasieu (930 Tchoupitoulas)
Tickets: Available to the first 150 guests as an add-on to the ball ticket price