While Jazz Fest has been postponed yet again, Commander's Palace is still festin' with an action-packed virtual wine and cheese party on Wednesday, October 13. The event will support the South Louisiana community still recovering from Hurricane Ida.
During "It Shoulda Been Jazz Fest: Part Deux" will stream live from Flamingo House Nola (located inside the Fairgrounds) and attendees will sample specially curated wines, cheeses, and classic Creole cuisine — like Gulf Shrimp Creole with Smoked Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya — from home. The Zoom is hosted by James Beard Award nominated "Wine Guy" Dan Davis and funny hats, costumes, and pets are encouraged.
Tickets to the 90-minute event include the unique wines, cheeses, and bites from Chef Meg Bickford and team alongside a lineup of Jazz Fest artists, headlined by Anders Osborne. Each ticket is a tasting for two to four people and cheese portions can be increased to allow for four to six people. Delivery is available for Orleans Parish addresses only (with pick up also at Commander's Palace) and pick up is available for other parishes at Langenstein's in Old Metairie, Acquistapace's Wine and Cheese in Mandeville, Calandro's Supermarket (Perkins) in Baton Rouge, and Phillippe's Wine Cellar in Lafayette.
Proceeds from the event will go to organizations supporting Hurricane Ida relief including Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LAHF), New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), and Crescent City Farmers Market.
"We are thrilled to be a beneficiary of the renowned Commander’s Wine & Cheese Party! The money donated will be dedicated to our Hurricane Relief Fund, which is providing grants to Louisiana hospitality workers impacted by Hurricane Ida for housing and utilities assistance," said Jennifer Kelley, Executive Director, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, in a statement. "So many of our industry workers went without pay for days, in some cases weeks, and still have their bills to pay. And the timing of the storm couldn’t be worse for an industry that was already wrecked by the pandemic and the slow summer business season. We are grateful to the Commander’s family for their pledge to help us help our hospitality workers in need."