Boudin, Beer, and Cajun-Style Boot Stomping in New Orleans

November 4, 2012 | By | Comments (6)
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Chefs Donald Link, Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse/photo by Steven Freeman

It’s not any evening that serves up Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link, and a fez-clad Mario Batali; Cajun music by Feufollet and The Red Stick Ramblers; a dance performance by the genius that is 610 Stompers, and boudin variations from 50 of the South’s top chefs. But it was all there for the taking, with hot sauce on the side, at Boudin and Beer held on Friday evening in New Orleans’ warehouse district.

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Over 2500 sausage lovers attended Boudin and Beer 2012/photo by Cherl Gerber

It’s often said that a Cajun seven-course meal is a pound of boudin (a beloved Cajun sausage traditionally made with pork, rice, liver, and seasonings) and a six pack of beer, so it’s no surprise that spirits were high as over 2500 sausage enthusiasts, dressed in the suggested Cajun cocktail attire (jeans and boots) enjoyed free flowing Abita and Buffalo Trace and everything from classic smoked boudin to “Memphis Sushi” (boudin, bbq sauce and cheddar served on a saltine) from Peg Leg Porker’s Carey Bringle.

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Traditional boudin prepared by Emeril Lagasse and team/photo by Cheryl Gerber

Founded by Emeril, the chef famous for kicking things up a notch, the second annual shindig (co-chaired by Link and Batali), benefitted The Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which for the last 10 years has donated money to several local organizations benefitting children, including the new culinary center at Nocca (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) and Saint Michael Special School, which is particularly near and dear to the chef’s heart.

Recipes ran the gamut from smoked boudin prepared by chefs from Link Restaurant Group (including Ryan Prewitt, and Steve Strejewski, clad in unicorn air brush t-shirts) to Morrocan-spiced boudin that inspired Batali’s festive garb and two belly dancers. Susan Spicer, chef at Bayona and Mondo, served cherry peppers stuffed with seafood boudin and nutria (a.k.a. swamp rat) boudin packaged in a crispy spring roll with Asian flavors.

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Chefs Susan Spicer and Donald Link get their pig on/photo by Paula Disbrowe

“New Orleans has a festival for just about every food except boudin,” Donald Link said to the evening crowd. “I couldn’t be happier to be involved in an event that honors one of our local staples.” An after-party held a few steps away at Cochon included an ice luge that cradled a river of bourbon, a unicorn mannequin (winner of the evening’s favorite photo-op award) and hot, triple-decker pork cheeseburgers. Just in case everyone didn’t get enough sausage.

Donate to The Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

A few photo highlights:

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The 610 Stompers are a New Orleans dance troupe known as “ordinary men, extraordinary moves.”/photo by Paula Disbrowe

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Mario Batali’s Morrocan-spiced boudin inspired his wardrobe and belly dancers/photo by Cheryl Gerber

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Sponsored by Abita beer and Buffalo Trace bourbon, the night offered free-flowing beverages/photo by Cheryl Gerber

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50 of the South’s best chefs created their take on boudin, a Cajun sausage typically made with pork, rice, liver, and seasonings/photo by Cheryl Gerber.

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As the evening faded, live Cajun and Texas music kept boots tapping/photo by Cheryl Gerber

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Cochon chef Steve Streyjewski (along with the entire Link Restaurant team) got groovy in unicorn attire. Just because./photo by Paula Disbrowe

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  4. Frank

    Right on the heels of the Boudin Cook-Off. Must be flattering for the folks in Lafayette.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm
  5. Pat

    What is the date for the next one?? Do we have to wait another year??
    Pat

    November 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm
  6. nikki wandrisco

    We had a ball!

    November 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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