NOCCA Institute’s “Art of the Feast”


The NOCCA Institute and friends gathered both in-person and from the comforts of home for “Art of the Feast,” a celebration of music, food and fine art. Patrons experienced a fabulous meal, great music and a chance to win original artwork, vacation and staycation packages, gift certificates and more in the silent auction and raffle.

For the in-person party at Press Street Station and NOCCA’s Chevron Forum, guests enjoyed a five-course seasonally inspired chef’s dinner and wine pairing, a one-time menu designed and executed by 2017 Culinary Arts alum Quentin Jackson and the six-time James Beard Award-winning chefs of Link Restaurant Group: Stephen Stryjewski, Donald Link, Ryan Prewitt and Maggie Scale.

Live entertainment was provided by alumni Kevin Gullage and Doreen Ketchens, as well as an alumni jazz ensemble. Guests were also able to peruse artwork and other items in the silent auction.

Those who opted for the at-home celebration enjoyed a four-course dinner for two with the option to choose a meal from Galatoire’s or one prepared by James Beard Award-winner and NOCCA’s Chef-in-Residence Frank Brigsten. Patrons could pick up their dinner and savor it while listening to one of the custom-made music playlists for Spotify and YouTube as well as scan the silent auction and place bids from their mobile devices.

An “art, wine and spirits raffle” for one lucky winner included three great prizes, including a canvas print giclée by Becky Fos, donated by Gallery B. Fos, a spirits collection from local distillery Seven Three Distilling Co. and a wine tasting for up to eight people at NOLA Wine Merchant’s private tasting room led by Geoff Worden.

This benefit, sponsored by the Pamela and Warner Williams Charitable Fund, generated important funds for The NOCCA Institute, which oversees programs such as support for students, artist residencies and many other initiatives that benefit the young artists at NOCCA, their teachers and the community.

Event At A Glance

What: “Art of the Feast,” benefiting The NOCCA Institute

When: Saturday, May 22

Where: Press Street Station, NOCCA’s Chevron Forum & Virtual

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Sharyn Booker, Sally Perry and Anne Raymond

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Suzie and Ted Bloch 

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Gregory Holt, the Honorable Sally Shushan and Ralph Brennan

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Bill and Anne Richardson and Jenny and Bob Kottler

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Cristina Wysocki and Maury Herman 

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Aulston Taylor, Danielle and Charles Gaspard and Oley Sassone

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Scott James, Debbie Marx and Greg Morey are pictured at The NOCCA Institute’s “Art of the Feast”on Saturday, May 22.

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Joyce Schenework and Dianne E. Way-Ricks enjoyed The NOCCA Institute’s “Art of the Feast,” which was held virtually and in-person at Press Street Station and NOCCA’s Chevron Forum.


Shanekah and Johmyrin Johnson enjoyed The NOCCA Institute’s “Art of the Feast,” a celebration of music, food and fine art.


An alumni jazz ensemble composed of Elisa McDonald on piano and vocals, Dorian Ketchens on drums, Thomas Halverson on alto and Christian Mitchem on bass performed at The NOCCA Institute’s “Art of the Feast.”

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