​French Market’s 2nd Annual Summer Harvest Gala Kicks Off Creole Tomato Festival, Supports Farmers Markets

NEW ORLEANS – The historic French Market transforms into an elegant dinner setting on Friday, June 10, 2015, when Justin Devillier, Executive Chef of La Petite Grocery and Balise, and a team of award-winning chefs including Slade Rushing, Executive Chef Brennan’s, Vishwesh Bhatt, Executive Chef of City Grocery Restaurant Group (Oxford, MS), Rebecca Wilcomb, Chef de Cuisine of Herbsaint and Kristen Essig, Executive Chef of Meauxbar, come together to prepare a family-style dinner reflecting fresh local, seasonal food.

         A cocktail reception featuring handcrafted cocktails by Cane & Table will begin the evening, featuring handcrafted vodkas by Cathead Vodka.

         “This special evening signifies the return of fresh food to the French Market, and celebrates the culinary treasures that the French Market represents,” said French Market Corporation Executive Director Jon Smith. “By bringing together some of the city’s top chefs to enjoy an evening in our pavilion, we celebrate the unique summer offerings of Southern Louisiana, and honor our food heritage at one of the country’s most significant food halls.”

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         Under Smith’s tenure, the French Market has brought two weekly farmers markets to the French Market: A Wednesday Crescent City Farmers Market that began in October 2014, and a Saturday morning French Market operated farmers market that started in March 2015. Both markets continue to evolve and are shaped by the unique local and visitor traffic to the French Market.

         “Our markets offer a variety of both fresh produce, seafood and baked goods, as well as freshly made ‘grab and go’ items that tourists appreciate,” Smith said. “We serve a constant and unique daily stream of mixed local and visitor traffic, and we continue to shape our markets based on these diverse needs. The funds from the Summer Harvest Gala will support the development of the current and future farmers markets at the French Market.”

         There will be a Cane & Table cocktail reception from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and a sit-down dinner under the French Market pavilion featuring live music by Creole String Beans from 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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         Tickets are $150.

         All proceeds from the event are dedicated to funding the growth of The French Market’s weekly farmers markets.

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