8th Annual Gold Medal Chefs Gala and Hospitality Awards


June 24, 2019

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation is pleased to host its 8th annual Gold Medal Chefs Gala and Hospitality Awards on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in the Great Hall at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. More than 600 attendees will enjoy an evening of culinary delight featuring a cocktail party, five-course seated dinner, silent and live auctions, and an awards presentation.

This year’s slate of Louisiana-sourced “Gold Medal Chefs” includes:

  • Chef Vlad Ahmadyarov, Windsor Court Hotel
  • Chef Jeremy Fogg, Emeril’s
  • Chef Bret Macris, Cochon
  • Chef Danny Millan, Azul
  • Chef Susan Spicer, Bayona, Mondo, Rosedale

“The Foundation is excited to showcase the talents of such a respected slate of chefs,” said David Blitch, president and co-founder of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. “They will prepare an outstanding ‘gold medal’ culinary experience for our guests while celebrating our Foundation’s important work in the community.”

In addition to the dinner, an awards ceremony will honor those in our community who make a significant impact on our hospitality industry. Honorees will be announced before the gala and presented with a “Hospy Award” for the following categories:

  • President’s Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Drago Cvitanovich Award for Outstanding Philanthropy by an Entrepreneur
  • Jamie Shannon Outstanding Chef Award
  • Bryan Klotz Award for Outstanding Philanthropy by a Supplier
  • Archie Casbarian Humanitarian of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Philanthropy by a Hotel
  • Hotel Champion of Hospitality

Guests may purchase either tables or tickets to enjoy an open bar cocktail party, five-course seated dinner, and exciting silent and live auctions throughout the evening. Tables and tickets are on sale now at www.GoldMedalChefs.com. Sponsorships are also available by contacting Jennifer Kelley at (504) 913-5980.

Sponsors for the 8th annual Gold Medal Chefs Gala include Centerplate, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association, Coca-Cola, Crescent Crown Distributing, Southern Eagle Sales & Service, Republic National Distributing Co., Southern Glazer’s, Thompson Auction Services, and Southwest Airlines.

Founded in 2012, the Gold Medal Chefs Gala and Hospitality Awards is an annual fundraiser produced by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Proceeds from the gala will be used to support the Foundation’s mission work and grant programs including its hospitality worker crisis grant program that provides financial assistance and resources to employees of Louisiana’s hospitality industry during times of crisis.

For more information about the event and the Foundation, visit www.louisianahospitality.org.

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