Platinum Prince Guy Fieri, the frosted tip adorned host of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and father of Donkey Sauce, is co-chairing Emeril Lagasse’s Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer this year. The event takes place on Friday, November 9 at Champions Square and tickets, $135 in advance ($150 at the door), went on sale today.
Now in its 8th year, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, which supports the charitable efforts of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, has become one of New Orleans’ biggest eating and drinking bashes — attracting about 5,000 people.
Chefs cooking their version of boudin, the loose Cajun rice sausage, include Nina Compton, Tory McPhail, Kristen Kish, and Isaac Toups. Meanwhile, Buffalo Trace bourbon will flow, along with beer, wine, and more. The organizers will announce the music line-up in September.
The two-night event precedes the high-dollar wine auction and black tie gala/dinner, Carnivale du Vin. Last year, a bidder paid $350K for a single bottle of wine, shattering records.
“We’re thrilled to have Guy join us as a co-chair for Boudin, Bourbon & Beer this year,” Brian Kish, president of Emeril Lagasse Foundation, said in a statement to Eater. “Guy and Emeril have a long-standing friendship and are both deeply involved with philanthropic efforts across the country. After crossing paths during California wildfire recovery efforts last year, Guy expressed interest in supporting the Foundation’s mission, so it was a perfect fit to bring him on board as a co-chair.”
The Mayor of Flavortown jumped back into action a few days ago, joining José Andrés in feeding first responders and evacuees as wildfires ripped through California once again.
Not on the Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer roster this year (predictably) is Mario Batali, a past co-chair who has been accused of sexually harassing women during Emeril Lagasse Foundation events and many, many other events.
Tickets for the boudin bash are on sale now.