NEW ORLEANS (press release) – On Saturday, April 13, New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) hosted its grand opening celebration with staff, board members, donors, partners and key local elected officials. The event allowed for guests to tour all corners of the school, including the opportunity to view Culinary Arts students at work in their lab and to view showcased work created by the Baking & Pastry program.
Highlights of the event included:
· Catering by NOCHI’s events team and students and entertainment on every floor of the building, including stilt walkers, costumed performers, and music by local artist Tonya Boyd-Cannon.
· A short video that showcased many of NOCHI’s inaugural students and all of the school’s major donors and partners.
· An oyster and champagne bar in NOCHI’s Dining Lab
· A cocktail demonstration led by NOCHI co-founder Ti Martin that included Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell as participants.
· A final toast to the school made by Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
“We’re thrilled to celebrate the opening of what has been a passion project for so many people for the past six years,” said NOCHI Executive Director Carol Markowitz. “We look forward to what the future holds for our students and the impact that we can have on the New Orleans community.”
NOCHI opened its doors on Jan. 7 with 21 students in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts certificate programs. Those students are preparing to host a pop-up restaurant concept as part of their capstone course before they graduate on June 14, 2019. The next class of students starts on July 22 and the deadline for applications is May 15.
For more information on NOCHI and to apply for classes, visit www.nochi.org.