Dining for Inspiration at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
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Dining for Inspiration at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

On Wednesday, May 16, Chef Emeril Lagasse joined culinary students from New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) for a memorable evening in the name of inspiration, mentorship and success.

At NOCCA’s Dining for Inspiration event, NOCCA’s culinary students had the incredible experience of preparing and serving a gourmet, multi-course feast alongside Chef Emeril Lagasse and his culinary team.

The endearing evening was hosted at NOCCA’s campus and featured Crocker & Starr wine pairings by winemaker and co-owner, Pam Starr, who guided guests through her hand- selected wines paired with each course. Crocker & Starr handcrafts a small production of exquisite, world-class wines from its organic vineyard estate in St Helena.

Culinary students put their skills to the test by helping to develop, prepare and serve the following five courses and wine pairings for the celebratory dinner.

Hors D’oeuvre - Cajun Caviar, Press Street Gardens Radishes, Smith Creamery Butter

Crocker & Starr Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

1st Course - Gulf Tuna Poke Bowl

Bridesmaid Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2016

2nd Course - Smoked Oyster Mushroom & Goat Cheese Lasagna

Bridesmaid Napa Valley Cabernet Franc Blend 2014

3rd Course - Duck Debris & Foie Gras Toast

Crocker & Starr RLC Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

4th Course - Charred Louisiana Ribeye

Crocker & Starr Post 1 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

5th Course - Ricotta Cheesecake


NOCCA is a rigorous four-year high school culinary arts program that has been supported since its inception by Emeril and Alden and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

While not only receiving important hands-on training, students are provided the opportunity to work side by side with leading master chefs who serve as professional mentors while delivering all aspects of curriculum along with real-world lessons.

Dining for Inspiration, is just one of the many opportunities that allow NOCCA students to showcase their training while gaining real-world experience.

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