Galatoires to hold Mardi Gras table auction Monday

Galatoire’s restaurant will kick-off the Mardi Gras season with its fifth auction at its historic French Quarter location on Monday, January 14. This year’s auction will be accompanied by dedicated police officers and adoptable pets as all proceeds from the auction will be given to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) and the Citizens’ Organization for Police Support in the 8th District (COPS 8). Since 2006, the auctions have raised over a quarter of a million dollars for local charities, raising as much as $100,000 in under one hour.

The COPS 8 foundation will use funds from the auction to supply the 8th district officers with 4-wheel utility vehicles used to patrol some of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods, including the French Quarter, the Marigny Triangle and the Central Business District. The vehicles are effective for crowd control during Mardi Gras and other large events-the NOPD 8th District currently owns one vehicle that will be on display in front of the restaurant on the night of the auction. Donations will also support the $10,000 monthly cost to maintain the LA/SPCA’s spay and neutering program and reduce the number of unwanted pets that enter New Orleans area animal shelters each year. LASPCA representatives will be on hand at the auction along with a few animals in need of a home.

The night will start with a reception at 5:30 PM that will include hors d’oeuvres by Chef Brian Landry and sparkling wine sponsored by Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin. At 6:30 PM the auction will begin, led by renowned auctioneer Ruthie Winston. The bidding will begin at $100 per seat for dining on the first floor, with tables offered in configurations of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Purchased tables are non-transferable and the purchasing patron and his/her guests may occupy the table for as long as they wish, with seating beginning at 11:30 A.M. on February 1. The purchase price will guarantee only the table; all other costs (food, drink, and gratuity) will be additional.

All donations will be fully tax deductible and patrons will be presented with documentation from each charity. Pre-registration for the auction is required. To reserve a paddle, contact Christi Gaudet by calling 504-525-2021 or email [email protected]