Emeril street party has beer, boudin
NEW ORLEANS - Emeril Lagasse has a new cookbook and new season of TV's "Top Chef" premiering in a week, but what really got the chef talking was boudin and beer.
Lagasse said Wednesday that chefs from across the country are heading to New Orleans this week to serve up some of their favorite dishes using or inspired by boudin - a pork and rice sausage common in Louisiana cuisine.
Chefs from San Francisco and elsewhere will join two dozen from New Orleans for Lagasse's "Boudin and Beer" street party at The Foundry, where on Friday they'll dish out their fare among live music and Louisiana-brewed Abita beer.
The event kicks off a two-day celebration of Louisiana food and culture benefitting the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, a charity the chef established in 2002 to support children's education programs in culinary arts and nutrition.
The celebration continues Saturday with a gala, wine auction and five-course dinner prepared by chefs Mario Batali, Marc Forgione, Tyler Florence and others.
Lagasse is returning as a celebrity judge for the 10th season of Bravo's "Top Chef," which premieres Nov. 7, and just released "Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches," a cookbook with more than 100 sandwich recipes.
Hackman allegedly slaps homeless man
SANTA FE, N.M. - Police in New Mexico say Gene Hackman was acting in self-defense when he slapped a homeless man who had become aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife.
The Albuquerque Journal reported that the incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in downtown Santa Fe.
Police didn't immediately provide any additional details. A message seeking comment was left for Hackman's publicists at Guttman Associates in Beverly Hills, Calif.