Louisiana Seafood Festival Announces the 2016 Menus & Featured Cooking Demos While Raising Funds for Flood Relief
NEW ORLEANS, La. (August 23, 2016) – This year’s Louisiana Seafood Festival will be home to 27 food vendors showcasing 56 seafood dishes, as well as 11 non-seafood dishes and 5 dessert items. All of the six indigenous Louisiana seafood species are represented in the food vendor menus, with dishes including alligator, fish, crab, shrimp, crawfish and oysters. Complete menus are available on the festival website: http://louisianaseafoodfestival.com/food/.
New food vendors for 2016 include Ajun Cajun, Dat Dog, Dirty Dishes, Praline Connection, Quintin’s Ice Cream, and Voleo’s Seafood. There are also a couple of new items from long-time festival vendors include Seafood Lasagna from Andrea’s Restaurant and Fried Crawfish Caesar Salad from Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering. You cannot go to the fest without sampling long-time favorites including Drago’s Original Charbroiled Oysters and Galatoire’s Shrimp Remoulade.
“Our food vendors have put a lot of effort and creativity into their menus for the festival,” said Glen Armantrout, Foundation 1st Vice President and Event Co-Chair. “If you are a foodie, this is your seafood paradise. These menus will blow your mind!”
In addition to the wide array of food items available from featured restaurants and caterers, there will be daily cooking demonstrations featuring fresh seafood recipes from Louisiana chefs in the WWL-TV Cooking Pavilion. The 2016 cooking demo lineup includes local culinary stars such as Chef Tory McPhail from Commander’s Palace, Chef Todd Pulsinelli from Restaurant August, and Chef Susan Spicer from Bayona. The daily cooking demo schedule is published here and also on the event website: http://louisianaseafoodfestival.com/pavilion/
Friday, September 2, 2016
4:00pm Chris Lusk, Caribbean Room
5:00pm Trey Herty, Brown Butter Restaurant
6:00pm Susan Spicer, Bayona
Saturday, September 3, 2016
12:00pm Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace
1:00pm Julie Barreda, Destination Kitchen
2:00pm Michael Nelson, GW Fins
3:00pm Todd Pulsinelli, Restaurant August
4:00pm Michael Gulotta, Mopho
5:00pm Wilfredo Avelar, Meril – an Emeril Lagasse Restaurant
6:00pm Austin Kirzner, Red Fish Grill
Sunday, September 4, 2016
12:00pm Kid Chef Eliana
1:00pm Kevin Belton, New Orleans School of Cooking
2:00pm Brendan Cahill, Bar Frances
3:00pm Erick Loos, Pigeon & Prince, La Provence
4:00pm Andrea Apuzzo, Andrea’s Restaurant
5:00pm Chris Montero, Napoleon House
It has always been a fundraiser, but the consumer’s focus was mostly on the plethora of food and exciting live music at the Louisiana Seafood Festival. Funds raised from past years have been distributed in the form of grants to educational and children-focused organizations, as well as to individuals who work in the hospitality industry who had come across some type of financial crisis.
This year, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation acknowledges the growing need to help flood victims and plans to distribute proceeds from the festival to help members of Louisiana’s hospitality industry impacted by flooding.
There are many ways that both companies and individuals can help:
- Make a donation. http://www.louisianahospitalityfoundation.org/donate
- Buy tickets to attend the festival. http://louisianaseafoodfestival.com/
Advance tickets are on sale now for $8 per day, advance weekend ticket packages are $22, and children 55 inches and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ticket prices will increase beginning Friday, September 2, 2016 to $10 per day and $25 weekend ticket package. The festival is rain or shine; all ticket sales are final.
- Volunteer at the festival. http://louisianaseafoodfestival.com/volunteer/
Founded in 2006, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation facilitates the efforts of the hospitality industry to improve Louisiana in a variety of ways and to provide support for the education, health and social welfare of children in the community. The Foundation works to focus the combined strength of the Louisiana hospitality industry, maximizing its ability to measurably improve the communities it serves.
We are thankful for our 2016 festival sponsors including Bud Light and Shock Top (distributed locally by Southern Eagle Sales and Service,) First NBC Bank, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bergeron Automotive, Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, PJ’s Coffee & Tea, New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation, United Rentals, Louisiana Lottery, Kel Kat Equipment & Materials, State Machinery & Equipment Sales, Malibu Rum, Camarena Reposado, Barefoot Wine, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Coca-Cola, The New Orleans Advocate, WWL-TV, OffBeat Magazine, Where Y’At Magazine, Cox Communications, Entercom Radio, Gambit Weekly, Yelp New Orleans, Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine, New Orleans Magazine, and Crescent Butte Designs.
For information visit LouisianaSeafoodFestival.com, facebook.com/LASeafoodFestival, and twitter.com/LASeafoodFest. The smartphone app is also available for Android and iPhone at http://louisianaseafoodfestival.com/apps/.
Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.4 million in support of its mission. The Foundation produces a slate of annual signature fundraising events including the Louisiana Seafood Festival, Gold Medal Chefs Gala, Red Stick Food Festival, Champions Club at Zurich Classic, and Horses Hops & Cops. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouisianaHospitalityFoundation, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lahospfound and for more information visit www.louisianahospitalityfoundation.org.