The Foundation
The Foundation

Giving Back

Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Founded in 2002 by Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden, Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity headquartered in New Orleans. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their full potential through culinary, nutrition and arts education.

Since its inception, Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted more than $9.5 million to children’s charities to support culinary, nutrition and arts programs.

Projects funded by the Foundation include an outdoor classroom, gardens, fresh foods cafeteria and teaching kitchen at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, an accessible learning kitchen for special needs students at St. Michael Special School, a four-year culinary arts program for high school students at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Center at Café Reconcile, and hospitality training at Liberty’s Kitchen for at-risk youth preparing healthy school meals

Fundraising is a crucial part of the Foundation’s efforts and essential to achieving it's mission, as is the case for most non-profits. Funding for the Foundation’s programs is provided through individual and corporate donations, as well as annual fundraising events. Each fall, the Foundation hosts its signature annual fundraising weekend, which includes the black tie gala and top ranked charity wine auction, Carnivale du Vin, and the outdoor food and musical festival, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer. The 2015 events raised $3 million for the Foundation’s beneficiary programs and grants.

Success by the Numbers

Café Reconcile

Over 1500 students have empowered their own futures since Café Reconcile opened its door fifteen years ago

Over 250 students have graduated from Café Hope since opening in 2010

Café Hope
Liberty's Kitchen

33,566 suppers provided by Liberty's Kitchen to low-income school children last year, providing an additional meal that allows them to participate in enrichment activities

204 High School culinary students have taken classes at NOCCA since 2007

Second Harvest

Over 895k Second Harvest meals served to hungry kids in summertime since 2010

94% of graduating children met or exceeded kindergarten readiness standards after graduating from Bayou District’s Educare program

Bayou District

ESYNOLA provides over 4,000 innovative, hands-on classes each year in non-traditional educational spaces: schoolyard gardens and teaching kitchens

87% of YEP program participants indicated they felt the program helped them to avoid dangerous situations and/or violence

St Michael

St Michael students learn how to plant, nurture and harvest herbs and vegetables to use in the teaching kitchen

50,000 students reached by WINGS performance and workshops

CAC Summber Arts Camp

285 students attended CAC Summer Arts Camp in 2015

Covenant House provided food, clothing, shelter and comprehensive services to 719 youth last year

Covenant House