May 25, 2015

Great Culinary Escape: 2015 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience...

2015 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
The 2015 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) was a great time of food, wine, tasting and learning once again this year. Even rainy weather couldn't halt the festivities. We had the opportunity to attend the Thursday evening Royal Street Stroll and the fabulous (and sold out!) Grand Tasting on Saturday. NOWFE, in it's 23rd year this year, has always yielded proceeds from the events to local non-profits benefitting the arts, food banks, culinary schools and more (see the NOWFE beneficiaries HERE) which makes NOWFE the perfect culinary getaway for those who also want to give back to the unique culture of New Orleans.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Royal Street Stroll 2015
Pics from the 2015 NOWFE Royal Street Stroll

This year NOWFE featured hundreds of local restaurants and thousands of wineries from around the world to taste, as well as seminars, cooking demos and wine dinners. The Thursday night Royal Street Stroll in the French Quarter had to contend with a bit of weather this year, but the rain barely held up attendance to this wonderful event. People just showed up to taste and imbibe with umbrellas and ponchos in tow, because really, since when has a little rain stopped a party in New Orleans?! There are two Grand Tastings, one on Friday and the other on Saturday, we attended the sold out Saturday event and tasted everything from rabbit & shrimp fricassee (Trenasse), to a classic bowl of red beans & rice (New Orleans Mission & Mission Chefs), to gouda stuffed olives (Rouses), to crabmeat au vin (Galatoire's), all paired with everything from sparkling white wines, robust reds, gin cocktails, vodka lemonades and refreshing sweet teas. The Grand Tasting is always a huge culinary delight and it never disappoints. Check out a few pics below from our time at the Thursday evening Royal Street Stroll and The (Saturday) Grand Tasting at NOWFE 2015. We're already looking forward to NOWFE 2016! Cheers.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Glasses
NOWFE 2015 Grand Tasting on Saturday. The Saturday Grand Tasting sold out quickly, so don't miss out like we did! Get there early next year to grab your commemorative NOWFE Riedel wine glass.
NOWFE 2015 NOLA Mission Chefs Table
NOWFE 2015 Saturday Grand Tasting Sold Out Crowd
NOWFE 2015 Grand Tasting Saturday
NOWFE 2015 Galatoire's
NOWFE 2015 Galatoire's Table
NOWFE 2015 Guest Enjoying Saturday Grand Tasting
NOWFE 2015 Happy Guest Enjoying The Sold Out Grand Tasting on Saturday
NOWFE 2015 Terlato Wines
NOWFE 2015 Terlato Wines
NOWFE 2015 Clarksburg Wine Company
NOWFE 2015 Clarksburg Wine Company Table
NOWFE 2015 Trenasse
NOWFE 2015 Trenasse Table
NOWFE 2015 Rouse's
NOWFE 2015 Rouse's Table

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