This Friday marks the start of Art You Can Eat at Cafe Noma (the Ralph Brennan restaurant that lives inside the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)). Art You Can Eat “is an interactive demonstration of the tips and tricks behind classic and contemporary cooking, mixology and presentation, with special emphasis on professional techniques made easy.”
Every Friday at 7:00 for the next twelve weeks, a different chef from the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group family (with occasional appearances by Leah Chase) will be holding court on a variety of topics for free (with paid museum entry). All they ask is that you please try to RSVP, which you can do here. That being said, they’re not going to kick you out if you forget to RSVP. The demonstrations are scheduled to run about 30-45 minutes and will include free samples of whatever the chef is whipping up and recipe cards so you can practice at home. And if you’re interested in making a night of it, Cafe Noma is open Fridays until 9:00 for dinner. I’d personally opt to head across the street to Ralph’s on the Park and enjoy one of the best restaurant views in the city.
Here’s the full Art You Can Eat Schedule:
June 8 – CHRIS MONTERO, Culinary Curator – CAFÉ NOMA
Bring ‘Still life’ Veggies to Life in your Kitchen!
Learn to pickle vegetables, cure bacon and make condiments at home.
June 15 – BRETT GAUTHIER, EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF – RBRG
Artistic License – Cocktails Reinterpreted as Dessert
Grasshoppers, Peach Bellinis and more!
June 22 – CHIP FLANAGAN, Executive Chef – Ralph’s on the Park
Louisiana Surf, Turf and Sparkle
Recipes from the rich bounty of Louisiana waters and wetlands
June 29 – GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER, TBD
Fabulous Food Photography
Tips and tricks for mouth-watering food photos, even with your camera phone
July 6 – CHIP FLANAGAN, Executive Chef – Ralph’s on the Park
Summer Grilling and Chilling
Gourmet Rubs, Sauces and Accompaniments for the ultimate July BBQ
July 13 – CHRIS MONTERO, Executive Chef – café b, with LEAH CHASE
Do it yourself Creole cream cheese, mozzarella and ricotta
ART-isan cheese traditions and tasting with special guest Leah Chase
July 20 – HALEY BITTERMANN, EXECUTIVE CHEF – Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
The crossroad of Art, Science and New Orleans Cuisine
Do-it-yourself molecular gastronomy meets bananas foster and other New Orleans classics
July 27 – BRETT GAUTHIER, EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF – Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Offbeat Sweet and Savory Desserts
Overlooked ingredients transformed into fabulous desserts
August 3 – MICHAEL GOTTLIEB, Executive Chef – Red Fish Grill with LEAH CHASE
The Art of Roux Making and other Gumbo tales
August 10 – HALEY BITTERMANN, EXECUTIVE CHEF – RBRG with LEAH CHASE
The Soul of New Orleans
Modern twists on New Orleans classics and other family-friendly comfort foods
August 17 – THOMAS REGISTER, Beverage Specialist – Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Muddling and Mixing; The art of the cocktail
Enhance cocktails with infusions and garden fresh fruits and vegetables
August 24 – STEVEN MARSELLA, Executive Chef – Heritage Grill with LEAH CHASE
Take a Walk on the Lite Side…
Creole Classics undergo an extreme makeover…Will you miss the butter?