Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Line, Vine & Dine Sailfish Tournament
When Chef Emeril Lagasse isn’t busy bringing his recipes to life or raising awareness for his charitable organization, The Emeril Lagasse Foundation, he’s all about offshore fishing excursions with friends and family aboard his 70’ Viking Yachts enclosed bridge aptly named, Aldente. This February in Fort Lauderdale at Pier Sixty-Six, all of Emeril’s passions will come together in the form of his foundation’s first annual charity sailfish tournament – Line, Vine & Dine. HMY Yacht Sales is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Viking Yachts and HMY Sales Professionals Tim Gredick and Will Noftsinger, to become one of the title sponsors of Emeril’s tournament. We could not be more excited for the opportunity to support such an exciting event that will benefit a truly incredible foundation.
Pictured above, Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden, along with Line, Vine & Dine event chairs Bridget and Mike Bender.
The first annual Line, Vine & Dine sailfish tournament will take place February 9-11, 2017 and launches from Fort Lauderdale’s Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six marina. The event will feature two fishing days and conclude with the Vine & Dine Seafood Cook-Off, featuring seafood prepared by celebrity chefs and paired with wine from some of Napa & Sonoma’s best winemakers. Proceeds raised in the tournament will benefit the Emeril Lagasse Foundation in support of local charities ARC Broward Culinary Institute and the Dan Marino Foundation.
Schedule Of Events
Thursday, February 9th
Champagne & Ceviche
Captain’s Reception by Monty’s
Friday, February 10th
Charity fishing tournament Day 1
Fashion show and luncheon
Presented by Neiman Marcus Fort Lauderdale
Tacos & Terroir
Dockside Weigh-in Celebration
Saturday, February 11th
Charity Fishing Tournament Day 2
5pm – 10pm
Vine & Dine Seafood Cook-Off
Seafood cook-off featuring Emeril Lagasse, Sean Brasel, Clay Conley, Angelo Elia, Cindy Autson and Greg McGowan.
Special performance by Sammy Hagar.
To register your boat now for the inaugural Emeril Lagasse Foundation Sailfish Tournament, please click here.
About the Emeril Lagasse Foundation
In 2002 Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, a 501c(3) public charity based in New Orleans. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation seeks to create opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their fullest potential through culinary, nutrition and arts education with a focus on life skills development. Projects supported by the Foundation include an outdoor classroom, gardens, fresh foods cafeteria and teaching kitchen at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, which is 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.
Successes of The Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Since its inception, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation has done a lot of good by granting more than $7 million to children’s charities in support of its specific youth education programs. Some of the tremendous strides made possible by Emeril’s generous foundation include over 1500 students empowering their futures since Café Reconcile opened its door fifteen years ago, over 250 students graduating from Café Hope since opening in 2010, an incredible 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, and over 895,000 Second Harvest meals were served to hungry children each summer since 2010.
For a chance to compete in this tournament against world-renown Chef Emeril Lagasse and to help raise funds for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, click here to register your boat in the Line, Vine and Dine sailfish tournament.