NOCHI Students to Pop-Up at The Food Hall at NOCHI in November

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) today announced its Winter 2022 cohort of Culinary Arts students will open The Food Hall at NOCHI, a new variation on their traditional pop-up café capstone course requirement, on select weekdays from November 4-16. One hundred percent of proceeds from this and every student pop-up benefit NOCHI’s Scholarship Fund.

Featuring three distinct concepts in a counter-service food hall, the Culinary Arts students are presenting a world-wide perspective. The concepts include:

  • Johnny’s – Named after the most no-nonsense man he knew, Chad Sabatier created the concept for Johnny’s menu to reflect the straight-forward nature of his grandfather. Experience true Americana with the cohort’s focus on technique. The flavors of this BBQ joint evoke notes of motorcycles, leather jackets and Johnny Cash.
  • Kanpai – Kanpai is the Japanese word for “cheers,” stated before sitting at a meal as a thank you for the food. Richard Toth’s concept was to bring great Japanese food (that isn’t sushi) to the New Orleans community and the students are excited to share their interpretation with you.

Petrona – Dale Rivas aimed to bring a taste of Nicaragua to New Orleans with this

concept. For him, the flavors of this cuisine creates a feeling of family, of communal meals shared with everyone you love. Petrona is named for his grandmother with a menu that transported this cohort to the verdant lands of his home country, bringing you along for the ride.

Walk-ins are welcomed and reservations are also available at, but not required. The public is also invited to order food hall items to-go. The Food Hall at NOCHI will be open for 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., or 12:30 p.m. seatings on the following dates:

November 4
November 7
November 8
November 9

November 11
November 14
November 15
November 16

Before NOCHI students complete their 100-day certifications, they create a pop-up café as a capstone course. This original concept is dreamed up and executed entirely by students as a culmination of everything they’ve learned at NOCHI and as a way of connecting with industry leaders, prospective employers, family, and friends.

NOCHI offers certificate programs in culinary arts and baking & pastry arts that cover twenty-five subjects and 650 hours of intensive hands-on instruction.

NOCHI’s Scholarship Fund exists to support our beloved city’s hospitality industry: storied, irreplaceable, irreplicable, and central to us all. A driver of economic prosperity. A spirit and essence of being a New Orleanian or loving New Orleans.

For more information on The Food Hall at NOCHI or to make reservations, visit or contact NOCHI at (504) 635-0017.

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