Taste the Big Easy: Boudin & Beer
September 1, 2012
One of the year’s best events, Boudin & Beer, is all about sausage, suds and serious fun.
New Orleans’ Boudin & Beer draws a lively crowd of cowboy boots and cocktail dresses to sip local brew and taste versions of classic Creole sausages from 50 regional chefs. Among them are three names you already know: Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and Donald Link, who all show up in the flesh. To wash down the deliciousness, Abita cracks open an unbelievable lineup of regular and super-specialty selections. It’s the lead-in event to the following night’s upscale charity wine auction, Carnivale du Vin; both events benefit the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports local and national efforts to bring healthier food and the culinary arts to kids. If you can’t make it to the Big Easy for Boudin & Beer, re-create it at home: Grab a six-pack of Abita and give Emeril, Donald and Mario’s best recipes a try.