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The Ella Brennan Gala

The Ella Brennan GalaDon’t miss the Ella Brennan Gala on January 17 at the  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.  Proceeds benefit NOWFE’s 2019 beneficiaries the NOCHI (New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute) Scholarship Fund and Café Reconcile.

What To Expect

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) is thrilled to announce that the 2019 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award will be bestowed on the unofficial “Ambassador for New Orleans,” Mark Romig. The gala celebration will take place on January 17, 2019 at 7pm at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Canal Street. “We are so pleased to honor Mark Romig for the extraordinary achievements and contributions he has made to the hospitality and tourism industry,” states Gail Varuso, incoming NOWFE President. “Mark’s genuine passion and enthusiasm for New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are contagious. He truly is “Mr. Hospitality.” And his spirit for community collaboration and public engagement make him a true asset our City will cherish for many years to come.”

About The Award

The Ella Brennan Award recognizes one individual each year that has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community. The Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award is named for restaurateur legend Ella Brennan. Her deep passion and commitment has made a significant and longstanding impact on the New Orleans hospitality industry. The award’s past recipients include Chef Paul Prudhomme, philanthropist Bill Goldring, Chef Leah Chase, restaurateurs Drago and Klara Cvitanovich, Audubon leader Ron Forman, local restaurateur Ralph Brennan, and celebrity chef and philanthropist Emeril Lagasse.

Tickets to the event are on sale now at nowfe.com for $175 per person, $1500 for a table of ten, and VIP tables of ten are also available for $2500. Proceeds benefit NOWFE’s 2019 beneficiaries the NOCHI (New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute) Scholarship Fund and Café Reconcile.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend, has moved its date to early spring, April 3 – 7, 2019.

For more than 25 years the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has showcased the culinary excellence in our community alongside national and international wines at wine dinners in many of the city’s finest restaurants; at VINOLA, a premium tasting event; at the iconic Royal Street Stroll; at dozens of culinary seminars and demonstrations; at the Big Gateaux Show; and ultimately at the Grand Tastings. NOWFE is a non-profit organization with 100% of proceeds going to causes that support culinary education. It has raised more than $1.2 million for local non-profit organizations. www.nowfe.com.