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The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) is proud to announce that the 2018 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award will be bestowed on Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, Television Personality, Author and Philanthropist Emeril Lagasse. The gala celebration will take place on January 25, 2018, at 7 pm at The Ritz-Carlton on Canal Street.

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 Institute leader Ron Forman, and local restaurateur Ralph Brennan. 

The VIP Reception will feature hors d'oeuvres by Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Frank Brigtsen. The Award Dinner will feature dishes from Angeline; Bayona; Commander's Palace; Compere Lapin; Emeril's; RedFish Grill; Toups' Meatery; and The Ritz-Carlton. Individual Tickets; Tables of 10 and VIP Tables of 10 are available for purchase.

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