New Orleans restaurant matriarch Ella Brennan receives Lifetime Achievement Award at NOWFE
By Ann Maloney, The Times-Picayune May 27, 2010, 4:00PM
Ella at the beach house in Panama City Beach, Florida. Tuesday, August 14, 2007
New Orleans restaurant scion Ella Brennan was vetted this afternoon, May 27, at the 2010 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience where she was the first recipient of an award named for her.
More than 20 Chefs who have worked at Commander’s Palace, including Paul Prudhomme, paid tribute to Brennan.
Brennan, the matriarch of a New Orleans family that operates a dozen restaurants, including Commander’s Palace, the one that most clearly bears her imprimatur. Now retired, she lives next door to the restaurant and is still active on the restaurant scene.
The celebration of Brennan’s contribution to the New Orleans restaurant scene took place during the Vinola, a high-end wine-tasting event at Harrah’s Theatre inside Harrah’s New Orleans Casino on Canal Street.
NOWFE will present the Ella Brennan Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award each year from now on to recognize a person who has shown outstanding commitment to the hospitality industry through leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic works.
NOWFE, a nonprofit that puts on a four-day feast of spirits and food each year to raise money for programs and foundations that support the hospitality industry, will donate 100 percent of the profits from the 2010 wine dinners, Vinola, seminars and Grandtastings to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.