O What A Night! GALA 2014

An unforgettable evening of art, music and cuisine with Southern flair!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6pm – 8pm
The Home of Katy and Chris Weil

O What A Night! Gala

Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 6pm – 11pm
Patrick F. Taylor Library, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and adjacent venues

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be holding its unparalleled celebration of Southern art, culture and cuisine, the “O What a Night!” Gala on Saturday, October 18, 2014. It will be a memorable evening highlighting the important mission of the Ogden Museum. Please mark your calendar and make your reservation now!

This year’s gala co-chairs, Karen Solomon and Katy Weil, are designing an evening filled with the very best in Southern art, cuisine and music. The evening will pay homage to the 2014 Opus Award recipient, New Orleans philanthropist and Ogden Museum Trustee, William A. Goldring, whose contributions to the cultural landscape of the South have created an enduring legacy.


The Patron party and Silent Auction events will feature Chef Justin Devillier from La Petite Grocery. In addition to his James Beard Nomination for Best Chef South in 2012, 2013, and 2014, he was most recently featured on Bravo’s Top Chef this past season.

For the Gala dinner, attendees will enjoy a meticulously crafted menu from Chef Donald Link and Chef de Cuisine Rebecca Wilcomb. Chef Link’s awards include Best Chef South for Herbsaint (2007), Best American Cookbook for Real Cajun (2007), and Best New Restaurant for Peche (2014). His New Orleans restaurants Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher and Peche celebrate Cajun and Southern regional cooking with an emphasis on locally sourced and sustainably raised ingredients. Rebecca Wilcomb, Chef de Cuisine at Herbsaint, is a Massachusetts native who made New Orleans her home in 2008 and has been working with Chef Link ever since.


Our highly anticipated live and silent auctions will showcase the works of both established and emerging talents from across the South, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences. Years past works have included John Alexander, George Rodridgue, Simon Gunning, Lin Emery, James Michalopoulos, Jack Niven, and more.

The live auction will feature Auctioneer C K Swett, who the NY Times says “has managed to shake up the staid world of auctioneering.” Swett joins the Ogden Museum for his second year as auctioneer at the O What a Night! Gala.

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On Thursday, October 16, the Patron Party will be sponsored by IBERIABANK and hosted by Katy and Chris Weil at their beautiful New Orleans home. Highlights from the live auction will be on view, and the event will provide an early opportunity to sample exceptional Southern fare and begin the celebration of the O What A Night! Gala weekend.


With an aggressive music mission, the Ogden Museum has featured more than 100 New Orleans musicians at each O What A Night! Gala. Celebrating 10 years of music programming, the O What A Night! 2014 will continue this strong tradition.


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O What a Night! attracts more than 500 art enthusiasts from across the country and is one of the most highly anticipated social events of the year in New Orleans. We invite you to purchase your table now for this unforgettable evening of superlative Southern culture at the “O.” Each Year, the event is sold out! Don’t wait to reserve your spot! We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information about O What a Night! 2014, please contact: Development, 504.539.9616 or by email at owan@ogdenmuseum.org




Link Restaurant Group



Arthur Roger Gallery

The Helis Foundation

La Petite Grocery

Ida and Hugh Kohlmeyer Foundation

New Orleans Auction Galleries

The New Orleans Saints

Roger H. Ogden and Kenneth Barnes

Republic National Distributing Company

Sazerac Company, Inc.

Karen & George Solomon

Katy & Chris Weil


Coleman E. Adler II

John Alexander

BBC Destination Management

Callan Contemporary

Dathel & Tommy Coleman

Michael J. Deas

William Dunlap & Linda Burgess

Stephanie & Robin Durant

Lin Emery

Skylar Fein

Dathel & John Georges

Anna Beth & John Goodman

Gregory Holt & Lucy Burnett

Stephanie & Jim Huger

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

Kevin Kelly

Allison Kendrick

Mr. & Mrs. David Kerstein

Le Meridien New Orleans

Rita Benson LeBlanc

Martha Murphy & Jack Leahy

Premium Parking

Michele T. Reynoir & Kevin G. Clifford

Tia & Jimmy Roddy

Arthur Roger

Pat & Henry Shane

Harry Shearer & Judith Owen

Laura & Sonny Shields

Hunt Slonem

United Rentals

Fran & George Villere

Michael Wilkinson

Patron Hosts

The Berger and Tiller Families

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Bruno


Mignon Faget

Martha Anne Foster & Andrew Sammataro

Sarah & Richard Freeman

Alexa Georges & Jerry Armatis

Global Staffing

Gulf Coast Tent Rental

Jones Walker LLP

Linda & Gordon Kolb

Paul Leaman, Jr. and Marilyn V. Dittman

LeMieux Galleries

Louise Moffett Family Foundation

Ambassador John N. Palmer

Patrick F. Taylor Foundation

Perrier Party Rentals

Phillip Collier Designs

Pyramid Audio

Pamela & Robert Steeg

Allison Stewart

CK Swett

Thomas P. Westervelt

Dawn Wheelahan

Whitney Bank


Bill Arnett & Matt Arnett

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Baumer, Jr.

Elizabeth A. Boh

Meaghan & Joe Bonavita

Susan & Ralph Brennan

Pamela & Jay Bryan

Basi and Michael Carbine

Stephen W. Clayton

Sally & Walker Cockerham

Trammel S. Crow

Margaret Evangeline

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan W. Fitzpatrick

Dr. Jerry & Carolyn Fortino

Anne Franco

William Howland Gammell

Garrity Printing Solutions

Sharon & Rick Gruber

Alison Hartman & Katie Lauricella

Haynie Family Foundation

Robert Herndon & Brandon Bueche

Robin & Allan Kanner

Elly Lane

Richard Keith Langham

Sally & Jay Lapeyre

Elizabeth & Willy Monaghan

Bitsie & Grover Mouton

Betsy Nalty & Dick Simmons

The National WWII Museum

Judith Young Oudt

Virginia N. Roddy

Peter Rogers

Parker Roy

Evander D. Schley

Debra and Jerry Shriver


Eleanor Farnsworth

Sybil M. and D. Blair Favrot Family Fund

Michael Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Freyman

L. Bryan Francher

Wendy & Clif Hall

Fred Hulett

Valerie Marcus

Joy and Howard Osofsky

Ainsley & Joey Piel

Lisa Pulitzer and Gary Zoller

Sandra & Arthur Pulitzer

Julia Reed

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rosenberg

Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk

Kenneth Schwartz

Dr. Troy Scroggins

Steven Swarzman

Stacy & Jay Underwood