Take a trip to the Big Easy at Sounds of Summer

Published 8:59 am Thursday, May 3, 2018

Travel with the Davie Community Foundation on Saturday, May 19 to the city of New Orleans – New Orleans at WinMock, that is.

You don’t need to pack a bag or buy new outfits, you just need a ticket.

The ticket price, $100 per guest, is the same as last year and is a bargain when you know the details. You’ll find a mix of the beads, masks, and King Cake of Mardi Gras combined with New Orleans staples of artist’s work on Jackson Square, shopping at the French Market, lively entertainment on Bourbon Street, and the Cajun and Creole flavors you can only find in New Orleans.

Cajun and creole dishes will be featured but the Filet Carving Station, a Sounds of Summer favorite, will be back for 2018. The menu will feature shrimp and grits; crab cakes with creole sauce; chicken gumbo with red beans and rice; ratatouille; and steamer pots with red skin potatoes, corn on the cob, Andouille sausage, and crawfish. The Acme Oyster Bar will open on Bourbon Street with oyster shooters about 8 p.m.

Too Much Sylvia will perform in the Palace Café; The Matt Kendrick Jazz Quarter will be featured in the Court of Two Sisters; and Dueling Pianos with Greg Cloninger will keep Pat O’Brien’s rocking with favorites and requests.

As dinner winds down, desserts will be served. Authentic King Cake will be featured at Emeril’s Bermuda Run; Bread Pudding with Chocolate Sauce will be featured in the Court of Two Sisters; and Beignets and Coffee in Café du Monde.

Traditional King Cakes are topped with purple, green and gold colored sugar representing the three colors of Mardi Gras. These colors honor the three kings who visited the Christ child on the Epiphany. The Purple symbolizes justice, Green symbolizes faith, and Gold symbolizes power. Guests who find a baby (symbolizing baby Jesus) in their King Cake will be entered in a special drawing. The winner of the drawing will choose the next city visited at Sounds of Summer in 2019 and receive two complimentary tickets to attend.

For those who want to do some shopping, the French Market will feature prizes for bid. You’ll find jewelry, items for the home, ACC football and basketball tickets, mountain and beach getaways, luggage for your next trip, and lots of activities for summer fun. Shop online before the event at the “Giving Center” at www.bidpal.net/dcf2018.

Interested guests can purchase tickets ($20 each) for a Bourbon Tasting with Brown-Forman Whiskey Ambassador, Cameron Brobst, enjoy a Hurricane ($10 each) at Pat O’Brien’s, or relax at the Court of Two Sisters with smooth Jazz and a good cigar (ranging from $5 – $20 each).

“We have basically taken Sounds of Summer and turned it upside down,” said Jane Simpson, foundation president. “The look will be amazing as we have pulled out all of the stops to make WinMock look and feel like New Orleans. If you have been to Sounds of Summer in the past and think you know the event, we encourage you to come to the Big Easy. I can promise you it will be like nothing you have ever attended in Davie County and $100 per ticket will be a true bargain.”

Read next week’s Enterprise for more information about the entertainment and the live auction prizes. 
There is a sought-after live auction item you will not believe.

For tickets or more information about Sounds of Summer in the Big Easy, visit the foundation website at www.daviefoundation.org or call 336-753-6903.