I guess we know what AA's "personal reasons" are...he and Steffi are doing a benefit in Vegas just a day before the start of the Paris Masters (article following). Emeril ALWAYS does the Agassi benefit...
Press Release Source: Carnivale Du Vin
Emeril Lagasse's 'Carnivale Du Vin' Charity Event to Feature 17 Top Chefs Including Mario Batali, Sam Choy, Daniel Boulud, Todd English, Nobu Matsuhisa, Charlie Trotter and Norman Van Aken, and Celebrities Andre Agassi, Stefi Graf, Michael McDonald and Sammy Hagar
Wednesday October 26, 6:31 pm ET
*** Media Alert for Media Reception on Saturday, October 29, 2005 ***
WHO: Chef Emeril Lagasse joins with top chefs including Mario Batali,
Sam Choy, Daniel Boulud, Todd English, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael
Mina, David Robins, Joachim Splichal, Julian Serrano, Charlie
Trotter and Norman Van Aken as well as top winemakers from the
country's top wineries including Au Bon Climat, Bastianich
Vineyards, Caymus, Chappellet and William Selyem for Carnivale du
Celebrity Guests: Tennis pros/philanthropists Andre Agassi and
Stefi Graf, musician Sammy Hagar
Musical Performer: Michael McDonald will perform at the event
WHAT: Carnivale du Vin is a premiere culinary event and fundraiser for
the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Please join us for a media
reception with Emeril Lagasse and the chefs before the event.
This year's inaugural event will benefit children of the New
Orleans area affected by Hurricane Katrina. The event includes
18 food and wine pairing stations which each chef paired with a
winemaker, a musical performance by Michael McDonald, and a top
notch auction with offerings in rare wines, culinary adventures,
luxury travel, and one-of-a-kind experiences including a private
tennis lesson with tennis greats Andre Agassi and Stefi Graf, and
a trip to Italy with Chef Mario Batali and Bastianich Vineyards.
WHERE: The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino, Venetian Ballroom (Casino
Level), Las Vegas, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2005
4:45 p.m., Media check-in outside Venetian Ballroom, Casino Level
5:00-5:30 pm., Media Reception
About the Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF): The Emeril Lagasse Foundation seeks to inspire, mentor and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive and creative individuals. The foundation supports and encourages programs creating developmental and educational opportunities for children within communities where Emeril's restaurants operate.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation was established in the Spring of 2002, and is the realization of Chef Emeril's dream to improve the quality of young people's lives. His continuous efforts to support and be actively involved with children's charities allows him the opportunity to not only raise funds for his Foundation, but to create partnerships that help others with their own charitable endeavors. The Foundation combines the energy and passion of Chef Emeril, along with that of his many friends and partners, in order to have greater impact on the communities where Emeril's restaurants operate, and to benefit the charitable recipients it supports.
Through innovative partnerships, programs and special events, along with support from corporate and individual donations, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation embraces a unique opportunity to grant funds to children's organizations that have a culinary and/or educational component, and to eventually enrich the lives of many young people through the creative art of cooking so that they may look towards a future of creativity, opportunity and hope.
RSVP for Media Reception:
Mimi Rice, Publicist, Emeril's Homebase, cell 504-628-1301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Johnson or Dawn Britt, The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino, 702-414-4334
Tickets to the Event
Tickets are $1000 per person. Black tie attire is recommended. Please call (866)513-0083 or (702)414-1500.
Source: Carnivale Du Vin