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Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
VIP Reception: 6:00-7:00pm
Award Gala: 7:00-10:00pm
Melvin Rodrigue of The National Restaurant Association
Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski of Link Restaurant Group
Erich and Jennifer Weishaupt of Lagniappe Krewe Emergency Relief Fund
Charles Armstrong of Peewee's Crabcakes On The Go
VIP Tables and Tables of 2, 4, and 8 available. For additional table accommodation requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
VIP Tables include our VIP Reception from 6:00-7:00pm and upgraded seating to the Award Gala (tables closest to the honorees)
Each year NOWFE presents the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award to one recipient who has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments, and philanthropic contributions to the community. This past year, so many in our community stood up for others that we couldn't pick just one. In 2021, NOWFE presents the Ella Brennan "Stand Up for Your Hometown" Awards presented to recipients who have exhibited unwavering love and extended an extraordinary response to support the New Orleans community during the pandemic. 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.
Melvin Rodrigue, Chairman of the National Restaurant Association, has stepped up as a voice for restaurants in Washington, D.C. As the leader of the industry’s main lobbying group, he worked to get the Payroll Protection Program terms extended for businesses and continues to fight for its survival.
Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski
The Link Restaurant Group provided thousands of meals to staff and those in need in the community. They stepped up as a spokesperson for the restaurant industry speaking out about its safety during the coronavirus pandemic. He advocated for a return of New Orleans tourism and promoted the city as a safe destination.
Erich and Jennifer Weishaupt
Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group Founders Jennifer & Erich Weishaupt established the Lagniappe Krewe Emergency Relief Fund, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to help hospitality workers and their immediate families with emergency situations beyond their control which have caused financial hardship. 100% of funds donated go directly to impacted hospitality workers. To date, the Lagniappe Krewe Emergency Relief Fund has raised over $200K that are distributed in $500 direct grants.
Charles Armstrong, owner of PeeWee’s Crabcakes on the Go, started his own self-funded feeding program that gave away free meals to school kids during the pandemic shutdown. When schools closed, he began making grab-and-go plates for children, knowing many of them relied on school-based meal programs. He also has a community giveback day on Mondays, when he cooks meals to distribute to the homeless.
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