Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beasts & Brass, in photos

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Chef Nathanial Zimet with Boucher co-owner James Denio
  • Chef Nathanial Zimet with Boucherie co-owner James Denio

For those of you who missed it, the Beasts & Brass benefit was at the Howlin Wolf this past Sunday and by all accounts it was a great success. Restaurants from all over the city, including Patois, Three Muses, Charlies and Sucre, showed up with delicious plates and bands like mynameisjonmichael, Davis Rogan, the Revivalists, Supergroup and the Hot 8 rocked the house well into the wee hours of the morning.

Though there's no official number yet on how much was raised, there were at least 400 people at the patron party by most estimates and, considering each of those people paid upwards of $100 and they were auctioning off items at over $1,000, that's a lot of moola.

Really though, it was all just a good New Orleans party. On top of all the bands and food, there were burlesque dancers performing all night and a couple made it on stage with the musical acts (as you'll see below) and there were even a few local celebrities in attendance (Tom Piazza and Mike McKenzie, to name two).

The most touching moment came when the Beast himself, Zimet, took the stage and said "One really bad thing happened and then a thousand great things happened." And while he was a bit uncomfortable with his new-found fame via random act of violence, Zimet was clearly touched by the amount of support he's received.

You can still donate to the Nathanial Zimet Fund at any Capital One Bank and follow up on his progress on Facebook.

Collected after the jump are a group of images of the night taken by Greg Rhoades and Jonathan Bachman, though no pictures will do the even justice where an entire community of chefs, musicians and artists — the people making up the cultural backbone of the city — rallying around their own.

Watermelon and tuna skewers
  • Watermelon and tuna skewers

Frenchy paints a portrait of the event live
  • Frenchy paints a portrait of the event live

Former Saints player Mike McKenzie with Chef Nathanial Zimet
  • Former Saints player Mike McKenzie with Chef Nathanial Zimet

A sign outside the Howlin Wolf advertising Beasts&Brass
  • A sign outside the Howlin Wolf advertising Beasts&Brass

Lady arm-wrestling took place outside the club
  • Lady arm-wrestling took place outside the club

Watermelon and tuna skewers
  • Watermelon and tuna skewers

Zimets father takes a picture of a cake molded into Boucheries iconic purple truck.
  • Zimet's father takes a picture of a cake molded to look like Boucherie's iconic purple truck.


Boucherie Chefs prepare food for the after-hours concert inside the Boucheries purple hot truck
  • Boucherie Chefs prepare food for the after-hours concert inside the Boucherie's purple hot truck

Chefs prepare food for the Beasts & Brass patron party
  • Chefs prepare food for the Beasts & Brass patron party

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