Announcing the Gold Medal Chefs Gala Award Recipients

October 7, 2016

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation is pleased to announce the award recipients that will be honored at the 5th annual Gold Medal Chefs Gala, which will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The gala, an annual signature fundraiser for the Foundation, is the perfect platform to recognize leaders in Louisiana’s hospitality industry for their willingness to share their time, skills, and talents to help promote and improve the industry while supporting the Foundation’s mission.

2016 Award Recipients
President’s Award
David Druilhet, Coca-Cola United

Archie Casbarian Humanitarian of the Year Award
Stan Harris, Louisiana Restaurant Association

Jamie Shannon Outstanding Chef Award
Chris Wilson, Emerils Homebase

Drago Cvitanovich Outstanding Philanthropy by an Entrepreneur Award
Mike Rodrigue, Acme Oyster House

Bryan Klotz Outstanding Philanthropy by a Supplier Award
The Champagne Family, Champagne Beverage

The gala begins with an open bar cocktail party that is followed by a five-course seated dinner with dishes prepared by “Gold Medal Chefs.” Tickets and tables are still available at
Gala sponsors include Centerplate, Crescent Crown Distributing, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, First NBC Bank, New Orleans Magazine, Republic National Distributing Company, Southern Eagle Sales & Service, Southern Glazers, Southwest Airlines, and St. Charles Magazine.

Proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation whose mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community. We do this by:

• supporting workforce development programs directly related to our industry,
• providing access to culinary and hospitality education,
• working to ensure a positive perception of Louisiana’s hospitality industry, and
• providing financial assistance and/or guidance to people in the hospitality industry during times of crisis.

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