Top 5: New Orleans

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In recent years, The Emeril Lagasse Foundation‘s Carnivale du Vin has become the excuse for an annual pilgrimage to one of the most exciting food cities in America: New Orleans, Louisiana. There are restaurants that I return to year after year; and there are others that we tag on to make sure we’re up-to-date.



Every trip starts with a late-night meal at my pal Emeril Lagasse’s flagship Emeril’s. It’s a pre-game to the main event: ¬†Boudin, Bourbon and Beer, one of the best executed charity functions I go to every year.


After the break¬†are the four other spots we chose this time around. Expert tip: stop at Mother’s on your way to the airport and bring some gumbo home for the Northerners. It is, in no uncertain terms, a thing of beauty.


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