Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, the annual boudin bash at Champions Square, will not happen in 2020, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation announced.
Instead, organizers will replace the event with a fundraising campaign to support hospitality industry employees hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Laura.
Boudin, Bourbon and Beer was scheduled to celebrate its 10-year anniversary in November, bringing together chefs, winemakers, mixologists and other hospitality industry members.
“Since we cannot come together this year as we usually do for Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, let’s come together in support of the incredible people who work hard, day after day, in restaurants and bars. No donation is too big or too small to help the workers who need you now more than ever,” chef Emeril Lagasse said.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation says it has already dedicated $125,000 to kick-off the Hospitality Industry Relief Fund. The fundraising initiative will take place throughout September with funds directly benefiting hospitality industry employees across the Gulf Coast.
“The hospitality industry is experiencing a crisis, and the workers who have served in it through the years are in dire need of our help,” Lagasse said. “I love this industry and its people, so many of whom have given their time and passion to support events like Boudin, Bourbon and Beer. Now it is our turn to give back to them.”
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Industry Relief Fund will provide individual assistance for industry workers, who are among the hardest hit by pandemic-related job loss. Funds raised will help pay for basic needs like shelter and food, medical and utility bills, and more. Emergency funds will also be available for those who suffered additional hardships in the wake of Hurricane Laura.
Southern Smoke Foundation, a relief organization dedicated to supporting food and beverage industry workers, will oversee the collection of applications and distribute funds. Anyone who has worked in the food and beverage industry can apply for funding including chefs, bartenders, farmers, distillery workers and delivery drivers.
For more information on the virtual campaign or to donate to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Relief Fund, visit BoudinBourbonandBeer.com.