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Aimee Landreneau-deTurk is Co-Editor for Miss A in New Orleans. She currently works at Tulane University as a contract specialist, and writes a personal blog, www.gratisNOLA.com, about all things “FREE” in the City. Needless to say, when she’s not at work Aimee is out and about enjoying everything the City has to offer, culinary and cocktail delights, art openings, live music, and of course festivals. Aimee loves festivals, and attends the New Orleans Jazz Fest all seven days. She is also a huge fan of all things Mardi Gras, and wouldn’t think about missing a single parade. Luckily, Aimee’s husband feels the same way, so they were married on the first day of Carnival season in the heart of the French Quarter. The wedding was Mardi Gras themed, of course!

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 2013

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (Photo Courtesy: NOWFE)

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (Photo Credit: NOWFE)

Twenty-one years ago a small group of forward-thinking wine lovers sat around a table concocting an event that today is considered one of the top wine events in the country. The twenty-first anniversary of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Wednesday, May 22 – Saturday, May 25, 2013, includes Wine Dinners hosted by more than 30 local restaurants; Vinola, NOWFE’s premium tasting event, the Royal Street Stroll presented by Rouse’s, NOWFE’s signature event set in the heart of the French Quarter, Culinary Seminars based on the current trends in wine and food, and two days of Grand Tastings with over 75 restaurants and more than 1000 wines.

The Gateaux Show is back for a second year, tantalizing guests with spectacularly designed pastries inspired by New Orleans burlesque entertainers, and NOWFE offers a new event, Funkin’ It Up, that features an all-star cast of chefs (including Michelle Bernstein , Michael Anthony , David Slater, Donald Link, Aaron Sanchez, Danny Bowien and John Besh), wineries and live music while guests celebrate Mrs. Leah Chase, this year’s recipient of the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award. Taking place in “America’s Favorite City,” as awarded by Travel + Leisure Magazine, NOWFE annually attracts over 10,000 foodies, wine connoisseurs, art aficionados and music lovers to New Orleans’ restaurants, shops and art galleries.

Royal Street Stroll (Photo Courtesy: NOWFE)

Royal Street Stroll (Photo Credit: NOWFE)

“NOWFE has come a long way over the last 21 years, but one thing never changes—our commitment to providing a one-of-a-kind experience for wine and food lovers,” states Jamie Peckenpaugh, NOWFE Executive Director. “There are a lot of other wine festivals around, but none can compete with the unique ‘experience’ that New Orleans offers.” Inspired by world-class, local ingredients and culinary talent, NOWFE showcases New Orleans’ restaurants, arts and music scene, as well as its architecture and cultural diversity. With support by the Louisiana Office of Tourism’s “Pick Your Passion” campaign, NOWFE continues to achieve number one status.

Grand Tasting (Photo Credit: NOWFE)

Grand Tasting (Photo Credit: NOWFE)

NOWFE has contributed more than $1 million to local non-profit organizations. This year 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards two causes: fighting hunger and supporting culinary education. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will receive 40 percent of the proceeds, while the remaining 60 percent supports other local nonprofits.

Wine Dinners:
WHEN: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Various locations – Click here for list.

Vinola Tasting:
WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Ballroom
621 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, LA 70140
Ph. 504-529-5333

Royal Street Stroll:
WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
200 – 900 Blocks of Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Grand Tastings:
WHEN: Friday, May 24, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The New Orleans Convention Center – HALL J
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130
Ph. 504-582-3000

The Gateaux Show:
WHEN: Friday, May 24, 2013  from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Ph. 504-586-0300

Funkin’ It Up:
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. VIP admission, 7:00 p.m. General Admission
The Hyatt Regency Ballroom
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
Ph. 504-561-1234

Event Tickets: To purchase tickets for all events, please click here.

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