O What A Night! GALA 2014

An unforgettable evening of art, music and cuisine with Southern flair!
O What A Night! GALA 2014
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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.

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The Patron party and Silent Auction events will feature Chef Justin Devillier from Le 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, whose 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.


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.


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.

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


IBERIABANK, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Sazerac, Entergy, Jones Walker, Perrier Party Rentals, Pyramid Audio, Link Restaurant Group, Philip Collier Designs, Gulf Coast Tent Rentals, Le Petite Grocery and Chef Justin Devillier and all who attend the O What A Night! Gala.