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Out of an abundance of caution and concern for all of our guests, vintners, chefs and sponsors, both traveling from outside of Louisiana and those who reside here, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, originally scheduled to start March 18. We recognize that our stakeholders may be feeling constrained by the COVID-19 outbreak, and we hope this decision lifts some burden on resources and uncertainty. As a non-profit entity, we rely on our event proceeds to fulfill our mission in continuing culinary education throughout the region, therefore we are deep in planning for our rescheduled event at a later date in 2020, and look forward to sharing that information soon. Purchased tickets will be honored for our new 2020 dates or for our 2021, or 2022 event. In the meantime, we urge our local audience to support our restaurants, hotels and vendors affected by this situation, as well as our beneficiaries for the 2020 event—New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) and Café Reconcile.

ella brennan award gala

Ella Brennan

Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award

Honoring John Folse

 

 

January 29, 2020

VIP Reception 6 pm / Gala 7 pm

Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

*cocktail attire must be worn

 

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VIP RECEPTION 6pm - 7pm

AWARD GALA 7pm - 10pm

Individual Ticket

Includes Entry to:
The Award Gala 7pm - 10 pm

Individual Ticket Plus VIP Reception

Includes Entry to:
Entrance to VIP Reception from 6-7pm
The Award Gala 7pm - 10pm

Table of 10

Includes Entry to:
The Award Gala 7pm - 10pm

VIP Table of 10

Includes:
Complimentary champagne on table
Entrance to VIP Reception from 6-7pm
The Award Gala 7pm - 10pm

Honoring

John Folse


The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is thrilled to announce that the 2020 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award will be bestowed on Chef John Folse, “Louisiana’s Culinary Ambassador to the World.” 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, celebrity chef and philanthropist Emeril Lagasse, and tourism industry icon Mark Romig.

Lifetime Achievement in

HOSPITALITY

The Ella Brennan Legacy


Each year the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award is presented to a recipient who has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community. The Award is named for legendary restaurateur Ella Brennan, in honor of her deep passion and commitment which has made a significant and longstanding impact on the New Orleans hospitality industry.

Past Recipients

  • 2010

    Ella Brennan

  • 2011

    Chef Paul Prudhomme

  • 2012

    William "Bill" Goldring

  • 2013

    Chef Leah Chase

  • 2014

    Drago & Klara Cvitanovich

  • 2015

    Ron Forman

  • 2016

    Ralph Brennan

  • 2018

    Emeril Lagasse

  • 2019

    Mark Romig

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