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Ticket price includes table service and processing fees. Seating is limited to 50 persons per event in order to preserve the opportunity for personal interaction between the chefs, musicians and our patrons. Event will proceed rain or shine.
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meet the chefs
meet the mixologist
Alfredo Nogueira was born in New Orleans. He started cooking as soon as he was old enough to work, first at the original Zea Rotisserie Grill and then later at restaurants like RioMar and Vega Tapas Cafe. After Hurricane Katrina, he ended in Chicago where he became serious about cooking, doing a lot of random catering, then a pop-up, and then that pop-up scored him an executive chef position at a restaurant called Analogue where he showcased classic Louisiana cooking. “It was always on my mind, to make it as authentic as possible.” He explains. “I made so many friends, so many expats came through, and they were always extremely happy. Because food memories is No. 1. When you can hit the chord with someone on that you're automatically in the family.”
mike hampton & christy samoy
hot & soul
fort lauderdale, fl
Mike and Christy met at Florida State University in 1992. Three years later, Christy moved to Boston to complete her master's degree, and Mike followed. When Christy graduated two years later, they decided to attend culinary school together.
After eight years in New Orleans and six years of exploring the West Coast dining scene — where Hampton worked with Emeril Lagasse and as a private chef, and Samoy worked with Alison Vega at Vega Tapas — the couple made a final move.
In 2011, they packed up their belongings and two cats for a cross-country trek from San Diego to Hollywood, Florida. They then relocated to Fort Lauderdale, where they both cooked professionally for several years before opening their own restaurant, Hot & Soul.
jbf 2018 outstanding cocktail program winner
Like many people who lived and worked in New Orleans, Kirk Estopinal had to move after Hurricane Katrina—less out of choice than necessity. Trained in bartending by Toby Maloney of Alchemy Consulting and mentored by Terry Alexander, Estopinal was already a more-than-capable mixologist, with hours upon hours in the weeds behind him.
In NOLA in 2009, Estopinal met fellow bartenders Neal Bodenheimer and Matt Khonke. It was a lucky encounter—Estopinal immediately began working with them at Cure, one of the city’s premier cocktail destinations. Now a partner there, Estopinal constantly questions—and answers—what makes a drink delicious.
meet the musicians
Yvette Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, not far from the levees of the Atchafalaya Basin, North America’s largest swampland. It was in and around that swamp where she learned an appreciation for the music, dance, stories and language of her Cajun culture. A member of several bands, Yvette performs as an award-winning Louisiana honky-tonk artist, who travels throughout the US and Europe sharing her own music as well as the Cajun culture. Yvette also toured Russia as a cultural ambassador performing Cajun and Creole music while representing Louisiana and the United States. When not playing music, Landry stays busy as a private homeschool teacher, an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a sign language interpreter.
Beau Thomas was born and raised on the banks of the Bayou country in Abbeville, LA. He began playing the fiddle at the age of 17. With absolutely no training or musical background anywhere in his family, he immediately realized he had a gift from above. Within six months he was literally half way around the world on a three-week tour. When he returned home he began playing professionally and has since shared some of the largest stages with the finest world-class musicians far too many to list. Beau plays every style of music and is most known for his unique and crafty improvisational solos. He has recorded on over 1,200 recording sessions. His last one received a GRAMMY with recording artist Jo-El Sonnier. With over 25 years of professional music experience, every gig is like a new experience.