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Boudin, Bourbon and Beer: Bringing Together America’s Top Chefs in New Orleans

On November 8 in New Orleans, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation presents Boudin, Bourbon and Beer, a night of unparalleled New Orleans food, drinks and music.

Besides the religious trinity as well as the cooking trinity (onion, celery, and pepper), another important trinity down here in New Orleans is boudin, bourbon, and beer. To honor these three Cajun necessities, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation presents Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer on November 8, a feast of a festival.

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Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin Bourbon and Beer on November 8, 2013 at 7 p.m.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of staying in South Louisiana you might not be familiar with boudin. Pronounced Boo-DAN (think Halloween scaring your friend named Dan), it’s a type of blood sausage usually made with pork or liver, but most importantly, it’s a key element in Cajun cooking. It’s made of a combination of rice, beef, spices, pork, onions, green peppers, and like everything that’s a key part of Cajun cooking, everybody and their mama has their own special recipe to make it.

The co-chairs of Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer are Emeril Lagasse, acclaimed New York chef Mario Batali and New Orleans’ own Cajun connoisseur, Donald Link. These kings of cuisine have pulled 50 of the nation’s and New Orleans’ best chefs together to give you a full spread of their interpretations of Louisiana’s artisanal sausage. Think John Besh, Dickie Brennan, Tory McPhail — basically the city’s biggest party catered by its biggest chefs, featuring meat, meat, and more meat.

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The star of the show – delicious boudin! (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)

Oh, and let’s not forget the alcoholic pairings you’ll be in for: local Louisiana beer provided by Abita, one of Louisiana’s favorite homegrown breweries, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon served neat and in special cocktails concocted by the company’s very own special mixologists. Abita will pour a range of its classic flavors alongside its seasonal Harvest series.

As with any great New Orleans celebration, there will be music aplenty to enhance your culinary experience. Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer will feature Louisiana and Southern music from the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Packway Handle Band, and the St. Claude Serenaders.

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Chef Mario Batali serving up some tasty boudin at last year’s event! (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)

Adding to the top-notch entertainment, local celebrities the 610 Stompers will be breaking it down with their always-impressive, “extraordinary moves.” For the cigar aficionado, Michael Herklots of Nat Sherman will be hosting a cut and light station featuring select cigars from Nat Sherman’s iconic collection.

In addition to all this phenomenal food, drink and entertainment, you can party with a healthy conscious knowing that all proceeds will go to benefit the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to empower and accelerate youth with culinary programs.

The event will be held November 8, and the good Southern souls putting it on not only are pulling out the stops for your meal, but they’re taking every step possible to help get you here in style and and stay in comfort. Check out their sweet travel deals with American Airlines and Hyatt Hotel, and get ready to laissez les bon temps rouler in true Louisiana style.

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