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NOWFE 2013 Line Up Announced!

Posted by Mike P. on 2013-04-09 12:27:30 (10628 views)

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is excited to announce it?s 2013 Program Lineup. As NOWFE celebrates its 21st year it continues to bring together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders in a showcase of signature events and seminars designed to educate, entertain and inspire.

The 21st Anniversary of the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, which takes place May 22 ? 25, 2013, includes Wine Dinners hosted by more than 30 New Orleans area restaurants; Vinola, NOWFE's premium tasting event; the Royal Street Stroll sponsored by Rouses, NOWFE's signature event, a definitive evening event set in the heart of the French Quarter; and exciting Sommelier Series and Chef?s Series Seminars which showcase the hottest trends in wine and food. This year also marks the second year for the Big Gateaux Show, a pastry competition and tasting at which spectacularly designed pastries will be paired with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, and celebrity judges and attendees will choose a winner.

The weekend culminates with Grand Tastings on Friday and Saturday with more than 175 wineries showcasing over 1000 wines and 75 chefs serving culinary bites from our region. In addition, at the Saturday Grand Tasting the 7th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off hosted by the Louisiana Seafood Board will crown the ?King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood,? who will then represent Louisiana in the seventh annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off.

The Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award will honor Ms. Leah Chase at a new event?Funkin? it Up?a collaborative, fundraising partnership between NOWFE and the John Besh Foundation. Funkin? it Up will feature celebrity guest chefs including Danny Bowien, Dan Kluger, Paul Kahan, Aaron Sanchez and John Besh. The John Besh Foundation will also award the John Besh and Bride Mayor Chefs Move! Scholarships to the International Culinary Center in New York at this exciting event.

NOWFE 2013 attendees can ?travel? around the world with seminars such as ?Bold & Bodacious,? big and gutsy reds from some of the world?s most exciting regions; ?Israeli Street Foods,? with Chef Alon Shaya of Domenica; ?Asian Cajun,? an exploration into the history of Asian fishermen and the influence of their culture and cuisine on the gumbo pot of South Louisiana; and a special seminar dedicated to Anne Gooch??From World's Fair to World's Fare??The revitalization of the Warehouse District began nearly 20 years ago following the 1984 Louisiana World's Fair New Orleans' and the Historic Warehouse District here in New Orleans continues to evolve as one of the city's most expansive and exciting culinary destinations.

Other Sommelier Series seminars of the 2013 schedule include:

Bubbles, Bubbles & more Bubbles
Come taste and find an understanding of different types of sparkling wine from all over the globe. During this seminar you will have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and listen to some of the top professionals in the business on sparkling wine.

Outstanding Oregon
Selections from the state?s most talented producers.

Enhancing the Experience

The Riedel Wine Glass Company presents an amazing demonstration of how great an impact can be had with the right vessel. Experience this amazing taste experience led by Riedel Crystal Regional Manager Thomas Leman. He will introduce you to the world of Riedel glasses ? Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Burgundy and Bordeaux ? with a tasting of select wines. As an added bonus, you will get to take the four glasses home with you as part of the Riedel Vinum glass tasting kit and to ?recognize that a glass is not just a glass, but an instrument of pleasure and enjoyment.?

Burgundy?s Best Kept Secret!

Experience Louis Jadot?s Beaujolais, M?connais and Cote Chalonnaise Wines with special guest Thibault Gagey, the son of Pierre-Henry Gagey, the President of Louis Jadot.

Other Chef?s Series seminars of the 2013 schedule include:

Tide to Table

Local Chefs and Industry Insiders showcase and celebrate Louisiana Seafood. Panel includes chefs, fishermen, Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board and Wildlife & Fisheries representatives.

Savor the Flavor
Sip and savor along with Celebrity Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona, author and Food & Wine Top 10 chef, sharing the elements of complementary wine and food pairings, and accompanied by Bayona Sommeliers Shannon Fristoe and Carly Dicasola

Home Sweet Home

See how the creative and complex desserts of award winning Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman (L2o Chicago) can be easily translated into elegant and easily achievable desserts to wow your guests at your next dinner party in your home or restaurant.

NOWFE 2013 will be held May 22 ? 25, 2013. In an effort to fight hunger and support culinary education, the 2012 beneficiaries will share 100% of the proceeds. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will receive 40% and the following will share the remaining 60%: the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation's ProStart Program, Delgado Culinary Arts School, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts? Culinary Program, the John Folse Culinary Institute and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. For additional press information, including downloadable images, contact Liz Bodet 504.583.5550, or visit the media center at


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